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Changes To Aviator Harness?

Discussion in 'Parrot Entertainment' started by Stinkie, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    just done a quick search ....
    [​IMG][​IMG] on the Cages World Site £10 medium
    [​IMG]on the Ideas 4 Pets Site (Avian Adventure £14.25 free P&P size large)

    then there's Henry's Freedom Harness... can't find a picture at the moment.

    The Feather Teather
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    Then there's this multi-colour one...
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    Last edited: Jul 16, 2017
  2. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Yes lots of copycat products to confuse the parrot slave. In my book you get what you pay for!
     
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  3. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    I was just hoping that we are all talking about the same comparison product to the Aviator :)
    Am getting really confused myself.
    Have enjoyed finding out how the Aviator is made and why certain things are they way they are :thumbsup:
     
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  4. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    just came across another on one pin interest ....
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  5. marley

    marley Regular Member

    Yes the one I have here is the adventure bound one, in my opinion it is exactly the same as the aviator but of course it is each to their own, I just thought the thread needed a bit of balance
     
  6. marley

    marley Regular Member


    Looks more like a rabbit/ferret harness??
     
  7. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    heaven only knows came up under avian harness how on earth you keep it on a parrot is beyond me!
    There seems to be heaps of them out there at the moment
    Essie would you be so kind as to ask Steve to have a nosy at the thread and tell us which one he has been sent to look at so we know for certain at this side of the pond which one we are all talking about please? :) x @Stinkie
     
  8. Stinkie

    Stinkie Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    He's talking about the same Adventure Harness that Scarlett sells - the black one that marley posted. He also offered to send me some pictures next week of where the harnesses are made if you guys would be interested to see them.

    I don't have any new personal opinions on this matter, I have already said why I plan to stick to the Aviators so I don't think I have a lot to add to this discussion myself. I'm also sadly not on commission or anything!
     
  9. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Thanks Essie much appreciated it was with all the talk about clips that kind of like blew my brains out the window lol was sitting here debating if i needed to go get another bar of chocolate out of the fridge .... then thought stuff it will get one anyways :risas3:
     
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  10. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Oooo and yes would be interested to see how they are made I love stuff like that! :) :emoji_rosette:
     
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  11. Stinkie

    Stinkie Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    From Steve, to show us how the Aviator harnesses are made.

    Claiming a product is Made In America is a serious issue if your product does not qualify. This information is taken from the Federal Trade Commission’s web site.
    US Federal Trade Commission www.ftc.gov Enforcement
    What is the standard for a product to be called Made in USA without qualification?
    For a product to be called Made in USA, or claimed to be of domestic origin without qualifications or limits on the claim, the product must be "all or virtually all" made in the U.S. The term "United States," as referred to in the Enforcement Policy Statement, includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories and possessions.

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    We go through about well over (3 figures) Kilometers of material each year. Each batch of strap and shock cord is tested when it arrives to make sure it meets our requirements.

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    Two ultrasonic welders are busy every day. There are 7 different times each harness receives attention from a welder. The ultrasonic welder penetrates the material and vibrates 20,000 cycles a second creating friction and melting the material from the inside. The machines need constant adjustment of the three different controls to keep all the processes consistent. It takes a couple months for a person to become 100% qualified so it is very important the same people are doing the work. Our average associate has been here over 5 years.

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    Every batch of material is slightly different and requires the machines to be fine-tuned so we generally cut 5,000 pieces of a batch at the same time. Start to finish it can take 2 months to complete the 21 steps to make an Aviator.

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    Installing the slide on the straps is not easy because of our + - 5% tolerance. Our specifications are critical to make sure the belt will not tighten up and strangle a bird when it flys to the end of the leash.
    When you get knocked off you know you are the best. In the past we were able to show all our techniques but now we need to be more careful. This is why parts of the pictures are blanked out.

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    Every weld is checked and groomed every step of the way to make sure everything is smooth. A bird skin is only ½ as thick as our so it can be damaged much easier. Any part of the harness that does not form comfortably to a birds body will be irritating and cause the bird to stop wanting to wear the harness.
    Smaller bird are more difficult to make a harness for. For each of the 3 smaller sizes we have special conditioning processes to form and soften the collars. Unfortunately we can’t show you the processes.

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    There are several special grooming and forming techniques we use to make the Aviator as comfortable as possible. After making 400,000 we have seen and heard about every possible issue, and every time we are always using the feedback to make the Aviator a little better. This is only possible if the same group of people are continuously involved in the process.

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    Even packing the Aviator takes a special knack. These Aviator’s get shipped around the world and sometimes can sit in a box in a store for a year or more.

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    Most Aviators are sold by Bird specialty companies but we do sell quite a few from our retail websites.
    You can see boxes of Aviators in the background of this room. Each stack is one size/colour. Until 2 years ago the boxes were stacked to the ceiling, and we had extra storage for the overflow. Now they are only one box high. The popularity of The Aviator has been a big problem for us as it has been increasing over 25% every year. This year the demand has increase over 50% and we are in panic mode.
     
  12. Bob

    Bob Bird Whisperer Staff Member Admin

    That's very interesting to see, thanks Steve and Essie :thumbsup:
     
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  13. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    WOWZER!
    Thanks Steve across the pond, and thank you Essie for sharing.
    Love to see how things are made etc.

    oh and totally randomremark ....... hmmmmmmm fabo look at that lovely colour purple my totally favourite colour everything should be purple lol :applaudit:
     
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  14. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Brilliant....thank you Steve and Essie :thumbsup:
     
  15. Shirley

    Shirley Regular Member

    Wow this was very interesting to read and see how they are made thank you Steve & Stinkie ever so much x.

    Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
     
  16. Dexterafrican grey

    Dexterafrican grey Regular Member Registered

    Hi this is all very new to me but would like to get my baby African grey used to an aviator , how do you go about getting it on for the 1st time , also could you send me a link to buy one An lastly what size would you suggest , he's 7 months old x
     
  17. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

  18. tka

    tka Regular Member Registered

    This is really cool - thanks Steve and Essie!
     
  19. Dexterafrican grey

    Dexterafrican grey Regular Member Registered