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.
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.
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.
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.
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 sidetone just right for all voices.
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.
"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 60 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 $400. Here's how it works
Buy Now, Pay Later
A headset is a major investment, and now there's an easy way to make paying for it a little more convenient. For a limited time, PayPal Credit is offering no payments and no interest if paid in full in 6 months on purchases of $99 or more. Just choose the PayPal option at checkout.
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.
When 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.
Click Here for User Guide
Looking for quick reference videos on the Zulu 3? Click here.Spring Flying Promotional Details:Customers must submit a completed form and proof of purchase to Lightspeed Aviation to obtain their gift card. Only valid gift requests submitted online by July 24, 2020 for purchases made during the promotional period will be accepted. Once a valid request is received, Lightspeed will mail the gift card directly to U.S. customers only (allow 6-8 weeks for delivery).