AOPA Pilot Magazine - October 2020 - 44

PILOT BRIEFING

PILOT PRODUCTS

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Headset grime
Refresher kits for that ear seal residue
B Y D AV E H I R S C H M A N

44 | AOPA PILOT October 2020

ear seals and head pads snapped into place in a few minutes, as did
the mic muffs. In the airplane, I was amazed at how much better
the gel ear seals reduced ambient noise than the worn foam ones
they replaced.
Lightspeed recommends replacing the ear seals every 18
months but, realistically, who does that? I tend to overlook headsets unless they stop working, or they leave telltale black ovals on
the sides of my head.
Replacing the worn items dramatically improved the performance and comfort of the headsets and seem like a good value. I
intend to wait longer than the factory-recommended 18 months
to replace the ear seals again (and will likely skip replacing the
head pad altogether). But I won't wait until the ear seals are falling apart like I did the first time.
PRICE: $50
CONTACT: lightspeed.com
EMAIL dave.hirschman@aopa.org

CHRIS ROSE

THE GRIMY BLACK RESIDUE around my ears was a notso-subtle hint that it was well past time to give my
worn aviation headsets a little TLC. My batch of three
Lightspeed Zulus was at least five years old, and they had
been through extensive travel, temperature extremes,
and the regular abuse pilots heap on general aviation
headsets. But how best to bring these classics back to life?
Like other headset manufacturers, Lightspeed
offers an array of options: a factory trade-up program
on new Zulu 3s would cost about $600 per headset;
a factory conversion to make each dated Zulu into a
Zulu 3 was $300 per headset; out-of-warranty repairs
were $175 each; a "refresher kit" that I could install
myself and included new ear seals, head pad, and mic
muff was $50 per headset, and replacement gel ear seals
were $35 a set.
The upgrade options were tempting, especially the
much more durable and flexible cords that are standard on the Zulu
3, and an industry-leading seven-year warranty that comes with a
new unit. But these headsets still worked just fine, there were three
of them, and I saw no
need to repair things
that weren't broken.
I just wanted to get
rid of the grime.
In the end,
I b o u g h t t h re e
refresher kits on the
Lightspeed website
for $50 each (plus
$14.11 for shipping)
and they showed up
on my doorstep five
days later. The new


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