Bose A20 Aviation Headset with Bluetooth

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10 reasons the Bose A20 is the #1 headset in aviation

  1. ANR pioneers. Bose was the first company to introduce active noise reduction headsets (over 20 years ago) and they’ve been innovating ever since. The A20 offers 30% greater noise reduction than conventional aviation headsets.
  2. A focus on comfort. A quiet headset isn’t enough these days – it has to be comfortable too. The A20 has numerous features that make it the most comfortable headset we’ve worn, includ...
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10 reasons the Bose A20 is the #1 headset in aviation

  1. ANR pioneers. Bose was the first company to introduce active noise reduction headsets (over 20 years ago) and they’ve been innovating ever since. The A20 offers 30% greater noise reduction than conventional aviation headsets.
  2. A focus on comfort. A quiet headset isn’t enough these days – it has to be comfortable too. The A20 has numerous features that make it the most comfortable headset we’ve worn, including sheepskin cushions and a unique torsion spring that reduces clamping force.
  3. Famous Bose audio. Pilots rave about the Bose's Active EQ, which delivers crystal clear audio and rich sound when listening to music.
  4. Bluetooth phone interface. It’s easy to call Flight Service or update family members with this wireless connection that makes use of the A20’s noise cancellation.
  5. Bluetooth audio interface. Wirelessly connect your Bluetooth-enabled device to the Bose A20 to listen to music, and notifications from apps. Also available is the option to plug in your device with an aux input cord.
  6. Smart audio muting. A handy switch on the A20 control box allows you to choose what auxiliary audio you hear, including automatic muting of aux audio when the intercom is active.
  7. Lightweight design. At just 12 oz., you’ll hardly know the A20 is there. The magnesium headband also distributes the headset’s weight evenly, for all-day comfort.
  8. TSO'd. The A20 meets or exceeds all TSO standards (FAA TSO-C139 and EASA ETSO-C139), so you can count on this headset for years of service. They are built to last.
  9. Great service. If your Bose headset ever needs service, you can expect fast and friendly service, even years after your purchase. Includes a 5-year transferable warranty.
  10. Excellent battery life. Bose’s smart shutoff helps provide at least 45 hours of use from just two AA alkaline batteries.
Microphone can be connected to either earcup for convenience. Measures 8.4"h x 6.3"w x 3.2"d. Includes: A20 Aviation Headset, in-line clothing clip, control module, 2 AA batteries, aux-in cable adapter, carrying case.


"The Bose A20 is popular for a reason – it strikes a good balance between comfort, quiet and clarity. It's comfortable enough to wear all day and it's quiet enough for almost any type of airplane. It may not be the cheapest headset, but you get what you pay for with Bose."

Plus: Most comfortable headset I've worn

Plus: Excellent ANR, with no hissing sound

Plus: Great battery life

Minus: Top-end price requires a big upfront investment

- John Zimmerman
Commercial, Multi, Instrument
Vice President, Sporty's


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Sporty's Test Flight Guarantee

Take your new headset flying and make sure it's the right choice for you. If you're not thrilled, return the headset to us within 30 days and in the same condition in which you received it - we'll exchange it for another headset or refund your money. There's no paperwork and no hassle. Just another reason why Sporty's is the #1 headset dealer in aviation.

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Which cable do I need?

Most headsets come in multiple cable configurations. Choosing the right one is pretty easy, it just depends on what type of aircraft you fly:

  • Battery powered, twin plugs - this is by far the most common style, with separate microphone and headphone plugs (so-called PJ plugs). Almost every airplane ever built has these two plugs in the panel, so these headsets are universal. The only downside is that, for ANR headsets, you will need to use AA batteries to power the headset.
  • Aircraft powered, 6-pin plug - the second most popular style, sometimes called the "LEMO plug," requires no batteries since it is powered by the panel. This is convenient, but it does require the 6-pin plug to be installed in the panel. While many newer airplanes come with this option, most older airplanes do not. For these applications, you'll need to have your avionics shop wire in the plug - not a big job, but not something pilots can do on their own.
  • Helicopter plug  - helicopters use a single, shorter plug (that is not compatible with airplanes). This is not like the 6-pin plug above, however, since an ANR helicopter headset will still need AA batteries. The only confusing part is that some helicopters also have a 6-pin (or LEMO) plug. In these helicopters, there are two different single plug connections.
  • Airbus XLR plug - less common is a single 5-pin connector that is made for Airbus jets.

Headset cable optionsWhen in doubt, we recommend buying the battery powered, twin plug model. This is the most universal option, and will work in almost any airplane. If you have a 6-pin plug in your airplane or you plan to install one, the aircraft powered model is a nice option.

From the Press

"I expected it to be good. I just didn't expect it to be this good."

"Worth the wait"

Robert Goyer, Flying Magazine

Doug Ranly

Catalog Manager—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

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Can the new Bose A20 be paired to and iPad for alerts from Forflight and a iPhone for talking on the phone (to get clearances) at the same time?
Philip D on Feb 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it can be paired to an iPad and iPhone.
Once paired, you can make calls with your phone for clearances and IFR cancellations.
the iPad will give you audio for music, movies, and alerts.
Bluetooth headset has no cord at all?
Randy N on Nov 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: hey Randy. The bose headset it has the normal comm chord that connectinto your airplane. The bluetooth is to your iPhone or iPad. So the blue tooth fantastic for listening to music on your phone. And if you need to call in for a clearance you can do it with your phone and hear it all in your headset.

The only thing i might say is to think hard if you want the typical two pin plugs connections. In which case the noise cancellation on off switch runs off batteries. You have to change them about every 10 hours or so. Or if your plane has the one pin option for your headset,(the round six pen) , it will supply power to the headset and you needn't worry about batteries ever. As soon as you push the noise cancellation button and the drone of the engine goes away, you will forget you paid a grand for these! Fly safe.
Just bought my a20 headset on 8/7/17. It is in the shipping process, my question is will the speaker going to be shipped with my headset or do I need to redeem it at some other website? Thanks!
Nikegolf419 on Aug 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Please go to the Bose product page. You will see on the right side of the page recommend products. Just under the recommend products you will see the button for the rebate form. You will need a copy of your receipt to upload for the speaker.
What comes in the box of the A20 with Bluetooth?
Serge on Jan 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Included is the A20 Aviation Headset, in-line clothing clip, control module, 2 AA batteries, aux-in cable adapter, carrying case.
Do you offer a CFI discount like mypilotstore?
larry u on May 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, visit for details.
Does music play via bluetooth to passengers as well?
G L on Jan 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, the music is directed only to the headset. If you would like music to go to the passengers you would need an intercom with a music input.
What is the difference between the straight cord and the coil cord and which is preferred? Thanks
Joe K on Oct 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Straight cord is the standard for airplanes; coil cord is typically used for helicopters. It's really personal preference, depending somewhat on how far it is from your headset jack to the pilot seat.
Does the headset work when the batteries die?
A shopper on Aug 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you let the AA batteries full deplete, the Bose A20 will still continue to function as a normal passive noise attenuation headset. You will not get the benefit of active noise cancellation or Bluetooth, but you will still be able to transmit and receive normally with ATC.
How tight are these headsets? I am a petite person but find that most of the discomfort from headsets is how tight they press against your head and subsequently, against what i would assume is my glands under my ear right behind my jaw. After a while, ugh! Does anyone have any experience with changing to Bose to relieve that pressure or recommend another brand altogether?
Andi K on Apr 29, 2017
I have owned and used a variety of headsets over the years. I purchased a two Bose A20's last July. They are very comfortable. I understand the "pinching" problem that can occur with other headsets and I feel that this is completely a non-issue with the Bose A20's. I flew 24 hours in March of this year, including several flights greater than 4 hours in duration. I used the A20 exclusively and had nothing but excellent results.
I am a student pilot and would love to have a Bose headset. What is the most common configuration of plugs/battery/no-battery used in GA planes?
Bob G on Apr 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The most common is the GA plugs (twin connectors) with battery.
The Bose Manual states that you should use Alkaline batteries, Is it possible to use Rechargeable Batteries? which are generally NiMH thanks
A shopper on Jan 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have not tried but I do not believe it would be an issue, if really are concerned call Bose direct they have great support.
If I have two A20's in the cockpit, can they bluetooth to the same iPad?
A shopper on Sep 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The iPad will only make a single bluetooth connection.
If I purchase with the NAFI member discount, will I still get the speaker??
A shopper on Aug 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The rebate for states not to be combined with any other offer or promotion.
What are the Dimensions of the storage case?
Kevin S on Aug 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 7 1/2" x 5" x 10"
What's the difference between six pin and straight cord?
A shopper on Jun 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The six pin "LEMO" plug draw power from the aircraft. The Straight cord uses batteries to power the Automatic Noise Reduction.
Does the LEMO version also allow use of batteries for ANR when using the LEMO to twin-plug adapter?
rfors on Apr 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you will need batteries when using the adapter.
Does its work with Bose A20?
Airbususer on Apr 6, 2017
Bose A20 Aviation Headset with Bluetooth
Bose A20 Aviation Headset with Bluetooth
Airbus to Twin Plug Headset Adapter
Airbus to Twin Plug Headset Adapter
BEST ANSWER: It should work with the Bose A20.
I'd like the blue tooth option, need 2 plugs (Boeing aircraft)...... does that mean I must order the extra blue tooth adaptor? Any payment plan, like Bose offers? Thx!
A shopper on Mar 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The twin "PJ" plugs come in both bluetooth. You will not need and adapter. We do not have offer a payment plan. If you use paypal they offer a payment plan.
Does iPhone connect to two headsets at once ?
A shopper on Mar 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The iPhone will only connect with one headset at a time.
Does Sporty's offer a Trade-in/Trade-up program for headsets?
A shopper on Mar 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We do not have a Trade-in/Trade-up program.
i wish to buy bose a20 dual plug with bluetooth from this website.I am wondering about this converter fit to bose a20.because i will use it different type of aircraft.thank you in advance ?
A shopper on Mar 5, 2017
Bose A20 Aviation Headset with Bluetooth
Bose A20 Aviation Headset with Bluetooth
GA Headset to Airbus Adapter
GA Headset to Airbus Adapter
BEST ANSWER: Yes this will work. You can also purchase the A20 with the specific plug for the airbus.
is the Bose A20 one size fits all?
A shopper on Feb 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is a one size fits all.
I purchased this headset from you guys a bit ago. I can connect the Bluetooth to my phone and use it for phone calls or to talk to Siri but it will not play my music. How do I get it to play music from the iPhone 7 to the headset?
WILLIAM R on Feb 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The older A20 only allowed for a phone connection, not music. The newer A20 (released almost 2 years ago) allows music. Do you know how old your headset is?
Do you charge sales tax in Washington?
Jay S on Feb 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We only charge sales tax for item shipped to Ohio addresses.
during checkout there is no mention about the free bluetooth it included?
marcello on Nov 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You'll need to fill out this form:
I am looking for a headset that works well with state of the art hearing aides. Any feedback, particularly on the Bose 20?
monica on Sep 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Monica, I too wear high quality hearing aids and they work great with the Bose A20's. I'm sure you'll be pleased. The A20 noise cancelling is the best I've ever experienced. Regards, Michael S. N420RM Archer III.
what is the connection in picture 10 called?
Michael W on Aug 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That is the standard twin plug or PJ plug option.
I fly S76C++ and I own LS Zulo PFX but the ANR isn't too good. I want to change for something more comfortable/more silent and
I am in doubt between Bose A20 and LS Tango, which of these two has the best ANR Cancellation for Helicopter Noise?
Renato S on Aug 21, 2017
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