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 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.



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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 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

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. Learn More

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.


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Would You Recommend?
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Would You Recommend?
Yes
Love this product
September 6, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Great new model Lightspeed Zulu
Really like them, very comfortable. They’re my first pair of NC to own so I can’t directly compare to Bose or David Clark which I almost bought. They don’t crunch the top of your head where so many press and the ears are very comfortable, even with earrings. I’m not sure if maybe they could fit a little more tightly-can’t imagine saying that! They don’t slide but they’re so comfy I wonder if they should be tighter. Also love the new braided cord, it works so well, no tangles.
August 28, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Bose is a little better
Overall, it is not as good as the Bose A20. The Zulu is as comfortable as the bows, but the noise canceling feature does not work as well, and the microphone does not reach as far around in the front row. However, it is nice to be able to adjust the sensitivity of the microphone on the Zulu.
August 22, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Satisfied
As advertised. Fit well; lightweight; and mostly quiet.
August 4, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Very well made.
Very good headset. Very comfortable and the noise cancelling is excellent.
August 4, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Great headset - great service!
Our 2nd Zulu 3 and it’s as good or better than the first one. This one replaced a Sierra my right-seat was wearing and she’s very pleased. The buying and shipping was typical Sporty’s quality. Thanks to Sporty’s and Lightspeed.
July 30, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Nice work
Service was quick and professional.
July 23, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Good so far
I've used this a few times now. It's comfortable over glasses, and sound quality is good. I haven't used the bluetooth feature. It does come with a cord clip to keep the cord and controller from dragging the left earpiece down.
July 22, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great value - hard to beat
I tried on the others but they were too small to fit entirely over my ears. Even my ubiquitous DC DNR doesn't cover my ear completely. The Zulu 3 is supremely comfortable and unbelievably quite when the DNR is engaged. And the BlueTooth lets me hear the alerts and warnings that my iPad/ForeFlight produces. It has a mic gain setting to match it to your airplane/intercom/radio, etc.

Super comfy, great audio, the only negative is that the mic boom seems a little flimsy, but then it's the same on all the leading headsets. I will be buying another for my right seat!!
July 15, 2018
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Awesome!
Great headset will purchase another for my plane.
July 15, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Question and Answer
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Are there adapters available to allow use of the panel powered version in an aircraft without panel power jacks? I move between aircraft a lot and not all have the panel power jack. Does the panel power version of the headset still have a battery box to power the ANR if an adapter is used?
A shopper on May 31, 2017
Do you do trade ups?
A shopper on Mar 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, We do offer trade ups.
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: The clamping force is adjustable. Please contact Sportys and we can explain how to adjust the clamping force.
The friction on my mic boom has weakened over the last year, and falls below my mouth after 20 minutes of flight. Is there a way to adjust the boom friction?
Keith D on Apr 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Please contact Lightspeed support at 1.800.332.2421. I did not see anything in the manual that spoke about adjusting the boom friction.
What is the decibel rating on the ANR and Passive?
Cody T on Mar 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Passive headset usually reduces the DB by 23-25 DB. The ANR headset does not list a DB rating.
Will Foreflight audio warnings come though the headset via Bluetooth also?
Frank H on Feb 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I use the feature with my Zulu 2 headset.
Is this headset TSO certified?
A shopper on Feb 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, this headset is not TSO certified.
If it runs out of battery inflight (let's say I don't have any spare battery) can the Zulu 3 still transmit and receive communications?
J O on Feb 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will still transmit and receive. The ANR will not function without the battery so the headset becomes passive.
I like having my mic boom coming from the right side, can I use it on the right???
A shopper on Jan 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No the mic can only be used on the left
These are helicopter compatible correct?
Brett T on Nov 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the headset can be ordered with a helicopter connection.
Are the Pioneer earbuds only good for apple products or can they work with Android?
Rod K on Nov 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The ear buds are for Apple products. They connect via the lightning connector.
Can more than 1 bluetooth device be connected at the same time, like a cell phone for music and a tablet?
smaliden2 on Aug 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Only 1 bluetooth device may be connected at a time.
Does the helicopter cord include the battery box or not?
RDGFLT on May 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it has a battery box.
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 send it to the European repair center 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.
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