Lightspeed Zulu 3 Headset

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Improved comfort and durability

The Lightspeed Zulu headset has been a pilot favorite for years, offering an unbeatable mix of performance and value. Whether you’re flying a two-seat trainer or a large turbopro...Read more

Lightspeed Sweepstakes!

Win a Garmin inReach Explorer+ package ($769 value) with purchase

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Promotion valid May 19 - June 15, 2017.

Improved comfort and durability

The Lightspeed Zulu headset has been a pilot favorite for years, offering an unbeatable mix of performance and value. Whether you’re flying a two-seat trainer or a large turboprop, Zulu delivers outstanding ANR performance and industry-leading Bluetooth options - all at a price under $900. The latest generation, Zulu 3, is Lightspeed’s best yet, with enhanced comfort, durability and value.

More comfort
New, contoured ear seals are designed to hug the curve of the jaw, reducing side pressure to get a more natural fit for more comfort and stability. With 20% more surface area than other models, these new ear seals create a better seal so they work better than ever with glasses. They also create 30-50% more space for the ear than other ANR headsets — a key feature of long-term user comfort. Plus, a taller head pad option is included free, which ensures maximum comfort and performance on smaller head shapes.

More durability
Zulu 3 is outfitted with new cables built around a Kevlar core, which are stronger, lighter, and more flexible than standard cables. They’re much less likely to get tangled or damaged in the cockpit – a real advantage. The more durable cables complement the other premium materials used in the rest of the headset construction, including the magnesium cups, sliders, and the stainless steel headband.

More support
Zulu 3 is backed by a 7-year warranty, the best in aviation. Plus, Lightspeed’s famous support team means you’ll always have a friendly, helpful person to assist.

No compromises
Zulu 3 still has the award winning Lightspeed ANR and all of the most popular features, such as Bluetooth for phone and music, Auto Shutoff™, and ComPriority.™ It also has an exclusive user adjustable mic gain adjustment to get the audio and side tone just right for all voices.

FlightLink compatible
Capture and retrieve incoming and outgoing communications with Lightspeed’s free app for iPad and iTunes. Great for student pilots, instrument pilots or anyone who wants a digital copilot.

Includes carrying case, cell phone and music patch cords, cord clips, two AA batteries and foam windscreen for the microphone. Weighs 14.6 oz.

What makes Lightspeed different?

Performance, value, support –– and choice

Performance. Lightspeed’s commitment to innovation and continuous personal engagement with customers are the drivers behind their industry-leading performance and a long list of industry firsts and Lightspeed exclusives. Famous for bringing new features to the aviation market, Lightspeed was the first aviation headset company to offer intercom priority, automatic ANR shut-off and integrated Bluetooth cell phone and music. Their innovation continues today, with a host of features exclusive to Lightspeed headsets. A wireless headset, a firmware-upgradeable headset and app integration with a headset are just a few of the exclusive features you will find only in Lightspeed headsets.

Value. Dollar for dollar, Lightspeed products offer higher performance and more features than any other headset on the market. Your investment in a Lightspeed product yields returns that will exceed your expectations.

Support. Lightspeed’s customer support goes beyond response times and customer-oriented solutions. It also means engaging with thousands of customers every year –– in person –– to understand how and why they fly and doing their part to help the aviation community thrive.

Choice. Lightspeed understands every pilot, plane and mission is different, and offers a full line of premium headsets so pilots may choose which suits them best.

Bret KoebbeStaff PIREP

"The Zulu 3 hits the sweet spot for me - a few hundred dollars less than the top end headsets, but packed with features. I love the Bluetooth audio for long cross countries since I can wirelessly pair my iPhone, and the stainless steel headband will last forever."

Plus: Solid construction, with stainless steel headband

Plus: Bluetooth phone and audio connections

Minus: Missing Zulu PFX's adaptive ANR features

- Bret Koebbe
ATP, Flight Instructor
Vice President, Sporty's Academy

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.

Lightspeed Trade Up Program

Tired of your uncomfortable old headset? Now you can trade in that old headset toward a new Lightspeed headset and save up to $350. Here's how it works

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.

Headset plug versionsWhen 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.

Doug Ranly

Catalog Manager—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

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Very good
Performed as Expected
Ease of use
Glenn Woolsey | HOUSTON, Texas, US | 5/6/2017
Quiet / comfortable / no tangle new cord



1- New cord (PFX quality)

2- Great ANR and Clarity (Clarity is the main reason I did not buy the Tango)

3- Solid feel and looks

4- 40 hours of use (compared to my PFX 20hrs)

5- Great product at the right price point (I fly with PFX and Zulu 3 are perfect for passengers) you don't have this variety with Bose, this fact, along with comfort, was the reason I decided to fly with Lightspeeed.


1- No clip ( I purchased a phone clip: ) Works perfectly as it is very narrow fitting on either side, so I am using it on the right for Copilot and rear passenger and on the left for my rear passenger. This way, everybody can hang the unit on the right or left pocket accordingly.
Performed as Expected
Ease of use
Hermann Balz | 5/3/2017
Lightspeed Zulu 3 Headset


Just purchased two Zulu 3 headsets transitioned the original zulus' to the rear seats, worked great just as I expected.
Performed as Expected
Ease of use
Dana Hagln | 3/6/2017

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Can the clamping force be adjusted on the Lightspeed Zulu 3 Headset? I have a problem when my temples gets squeezed to hard.
A shopper on Mar 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I haven't noticed too much pressure on my temples, and I have a very very large head. I'm able to adjust the pressure enough by expanding the headset headband to accommodate my head size as well as limiting ear pressure. I've been very happy with this headset.
Does the helicopter cord include the battery box or not?
RDGFLT on May 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it has a battery box.
is the mic interchangeable to the right side for copilots?
Hamza on May 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the mic can be swung both ways.
If I buy the headset in the US, will it still be covered by the 7 years warranty in Europe?
michele c on May 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you would have to return it to the US for warranty coverage.
My airline uses a 5-pin XLR plug with company supplied telex headset. I currently use a Bose QC25 headset at cruise alt on 777. Is there an adapter plug or XLR 5-pin plug that i can connect to my Bose headset. Or does the Zulu 3 headset have a headset cable to use so I can plug in to the XLR 5-pin jack on my 777 ? Thanks for your help.
A shopper on May 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We do carry a GA (twin plug to XLR) adapter. The Item number is 6529A
Does the headset stop working if the 9 volt dies or just the ANR stops (headseat continues to function)?
A shopper on Apr 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The batteries operate the ANR. If the batteries stop working then the headset reverts to a passive headset.
Do you do trade ups?
A shopper on Mar 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We do not offer trade ups.
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