Here is how Aviator harnesses are made.
We’re sure many of you already enjoy spending time out and about with your Parrot in their harness, enjoying the great outdoors and the opportunity to spend even more time together.
Harnesses have become an essential piece of kit for any Parrot owner, and your Parrot’s safety whilst wearing one is a high priority. We recently spoke with Steve Hartman from the Parrot University about the popular Aviator Harness, and this is what we learnt.
The Parrot University have supplied hundreds of thousands of Aviator harnesses to many species of birds in the last 15 years. Extensive customer feedback and research has shaped improvements in quality and design and every harness is tested for different tolerances to maintain the highest level of quality control to eliminate problems and potential failures. This allows the team at the Parrot University to continually conduct further research.
Unlike many other Parrot harnesses on the market, the many years of research coupled with stringent quality control tests help ensure Aviators are the safest available.
It takes several months for an Aviator staff member to become trained on making an Aviator harness. The average employee has been working at The Parrot University for over 5 years, providing years of highly skilled and finely tuned craftsmanship on each and every harness. This cumulative experience make it easy for the Aviator staff to always meet their high quality standards.
Start to finish every Aviator Harness goes through 21 steps that each technician is required to sign off on. The Aviator may be small but there are many technical aspects that must be perfect for the Aviator to be so light weight and as safe as possible. The same people work continuous for many years so there is no interruption in quality control.
Quality control on the 3 smallest sizes is more critical than the larger sizes. Each of the smaller sizes goes through a special step to make the collar more comfortable. To make a harness that works safely and is only 6.5 to 10.5 grams is not easy.
The Aviator has + or – 5% tolerance for most of the process. All of the materials are manufactured and inspected to this 5% plus or minus standards. This criteria is very difficult to meet and requires every batch to be tested and any materials they do not meet those standards are discarded. The Parrot University uses more than 80 kilometres of material each year.
All parts of The Aviator have been designed to close parameters so the Aviator belt will not tighten up when your bird tugs on the leash or flies to the end regardless of speed. This is an important safety feature that needs to be taken in to consideration when you’re purchasing a harness for your Parrot.
It is very important that the Aviator Flight Line or Leash Extensions are not used with any other harness, even if it looks like an Aviator. The extra speed a bird gains with the farther distance can create a very dangerous strangulation situation.
With an Aviator harness, you have the safest and best harness to teach your feathered friend to safely spend time outside and fly.
Learning to fly improves your Parrot’s co-ordination skills, helps them become fitter, gives their IQ a boost, increases their sociability skills, and a lot more.
The Aviator Harness is available in up to 7 different colours and 7 sizes, from Mini to X-Large, meaning every size of Parrot can enjoy them.
- Mini – For Budgies, Lovebirds, Parrotlets
- Petite – For Cockatiels, Small Conures
- XSmall – For Caiques, Large Conures, Quakers, Small Macaws, Senegals
- Small – For Small Amazons, Timneh Greys, Goffin Cockatoos
- Medium – For African Greys, Large Amazons, Eclectus, Umbrella Cockatoos.
- Large – For Large Macaws, Triton Cockatoos, Small Moluccan Cockatoos
- XLarge – For Large Moluccan Cockatoos, Large Macaws
Read all about Aviator harnesses here.