HOW HARD CAN IT BE?
I founded Basic Six on a wing and a prayer in 2013 with a friend, Max, with no real thought about where it would lead. After all, as Max always pointed out, how hard can it be? Right? Unfortunately for me, but luckily for Max, he left to pursue his career as a commercial pilot and another friend, Bob, stepped forward. We continued developing our strategy and ideas and, as everybody says: "the learning curve is steep". Being passionate helps and our passions are aviation and aerospace. This makes everything easier and more enjoyable - even the accounts!
Now there are enough of us to make a team and I still get a thrill whenever somebody purchases a Basic Six product.
Some of our clients are high flyers in the aviation world - The Flightstore
, The RAF Museum
and PIMA Air and Space museum
, for example. We won the Best Aerospace Clothing Award from Xtended Aerospace Radio
- that was a great moment too! We only use organic cotton for our aviation t-shirts, even though it is more expensive to use. The t-shirts are soft and the quality is unbeatable. There was never any intention of doing otherwise.
The story of aviation is one of human endeavour against great odds; at the heart have been scientific and engineering triumphs that have contributed to flight being the safest form of transport. At Basic Six we have taken key developments from this aerospace story as inspiration for our designs. Inventions such as the Vertical Speed Indicator and the emergency Ejection Seat. Basic Six is a UK design company that creates aviation inspired products for those who fly or love flight and aerospace: pilots, flight crew and all aviation fanatics, or, more properly, AvGeeks, everywhere. I hope you get as much pleasure from our gear as we have designing it.
See you soon.
WHY BASIC SIX?
An aircraft must have a minimum number of instruments to give the pilot the information necessary to fly the plane safely. These are, in no particular order, the Heading Indicator, Altimeter, Vertical Speed Indicator, Artificial Horizon, Turn/Slip Indicator and Airspeed Indicator. In early aircraft these were placed around the cockpit in a seemingly random way with no standardisation between manufacturers. This meant that a pilot who flew different aircraft types spent time learning each cockpit layout. To avoid this, cockpit instrument layouts started becoming more standard by placing the most important instruments in the same or similar locations on the dashboard. This helped pilots who flew different types of aircraft enormously, as you can imagine.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE T-SHIRTS WE MAKE
At Basic Six we believe in the quality of our products and use them ourselves all the time. We only select high-quality, 100% organic cotton for our t-shirts. This means comfort and durability, so you get more for your money. They carry several globally recognised standards for organic levels, fair wear and the carbon trust. You can read more about our products on the FAQ page here