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PILOT’S GUIDE SOUND Advice on HEADSET choices onsidered a luxury by many WHAT MAKES A GOOD HEADSET? pilots not that long ago, Deciding which headset is the best STORY BY headsets are nearly unifor you isn’t only about price . Just as JOSEPH E. (JEB) versal today among active pilots . your airplane should fit the planned BURNSIDE In fact, carrying a headset around mission, your headset should do the the fixed base operator is one— things you need, too . For example, perhaps the best—indicator the if you fly an open-cockpit biplane bearer is a pilot . And, that’s a for 20 to 30 minutes at a time, your good thing . Most aircraft cockheadset needs are different from pits are incredibly noisy places someone sitting in a Learjet’s muchto spend a few hours . A headquieter front office all day . As another set—especially when used with example, buying a stereo headset to an intercom system—facilitates use with a monaural intercom system communication, not only can be a waste of money . with air traffic control, but Of course, you need to ensure the airalso between instructor and craft you plan to fly has an intercom system, student, or pilot and passenwiring, an installed or portable push-toger, by eliminating the need to raise your talk switch, and connections supporting voice or search for the handheld microyour planned purchase . If you’re unsure phone that’s never where you left it . about whether the aircraft can take full Today’s headset market offers many advantage of your planned headset, your choices and price points, along with features and local avionics shop usually can help . options—like cellphone and music interfaces— Another essential characteristic comprising a unheard of only a few years ago . Noise-reduction cir“good” headset is whether it fits your head and is cuitry can turn even the loudest cockpit into a pleascomfortable for hours of use . Many headsets lackant environment while the lightweight, advanced ing active noise reduction lower perceived cockpit materials often used translate into enhanced comfort sounds by tightly clamping the head . This minimizes for the wearer—no longer do pilots and passengers the noise reaching your eardrums but also can be end a flight feeling as if their head has been in a uncomfortable, especially for a long cross-country vise . But, which headset is right for you and your flight . Earcup size is another factor, especially when flying? And, how can a pilot sorting through all the considering ANR headsets . brands, features and choices keep it all straight? Other things to consider include a headset’s C BUYER’S GUIDE - 38 -

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2011-2012

From the Publisher
Interested in AEA Membership?
AEA Staff/Board of Directors
New Products for 2011
Recreational Radios
Before & After
Avoiding the Bullies
Sound Advice on Headset Choices
Choosing an Airborne Broadband System for Your Business Aircraft
Class Retrofits for Type Certificated Aircraft
ADS-B: Learning the Ins and Outs
Going Glass
Cell Science
So What is Your Customer Really Paying For?
It's the FAA's Fault, Right?
Repair Stations
AEA Member Company Index
Advertisers Index

Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2011-2012