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TSO'd aviation headsets—what does it mean?

May 27, 2020

When going through the plethora of data available about aviation headsets, you will inevitably come across the abbreviation TSO. This stands for Technical Standard Order and it is the FAA’s way of saying an item is approved for use on an airplane. Why does that matter? We'll explain.

 

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1 Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By Doug Ranly

David Clark passive headsets - how to choose the right one

May 19, 2020

The famous green domes of David Clark headsets have been around longer than most of us have been flying, with a legendary reputation for durability. A little known fact is that David Clark started in aerospace by making high altitude spacesuits for the military. Communication became part of the suits, so speakers and microphones were developed. David Clark made their first pilot headset in 1975 and quickly became a mainstay in cockpits around the world.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By Doug Ranly

Lightspeed Trade Up Program going on now

Feb 5, 2020

Tired of your uncomfortable old headset? Now you can trade in that old headset toward a new Lightspeed headset and save. Bose A20 headsets receive a $400 credit. So make your next flight more enjoyable; here's how it works.

 

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1 Comments | Posted in Headsets By John Zimmerman

Faro Stealth 2 Headsets with Bluetooth - video PIREP

Nov 7, 2019

A good headset is essential for safe and comfortable flying, but too often pilots are faced with a tough choice: pay over $1000 for a great headset, or buy a cheap one that is uncomfortable and lacking important features. Faro has solved this problem with their Stealth 2 Headsets. These sleek and stylish headsets have the high-end features you want, like Bluetooth input and active noise reduction, but at a price you can afford. Here's a video review.

 

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0 Comments | Posted in Headsets By John Zimmerman

Sporty's Headset Buyer's Guide

Oct 21, 2019

Shopping for a headset? The team of pilots at Sporty's have assembled this Headset Buyer's Guide to help you make the right choice. It's packed with charts that allow you to compare headsets side-by-side, plus information about active noise reduction (ANR), in-the-ear headsets, and real world pilot reports on popular headset models.

 

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Comments | Posted in Headsets By John Zimmerman

How to maintain your aviation headset

Aug 1, 2019

A good aviation headset is an essential part of any pilot’s flight bag. While the most advanced models can cost over $1,000 they also do an incredible job of protecting your hearing and enhancing the clarity of airborne communications. With proper care, headsets can also last for 10+ years, so it’s a smart investment.

 

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0 Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By John Zimmerman

What's the best headset for student pilots?

May 12, 2019

Choosing your first aviation headset is a tough decision. Do you choose ANR or passive? Bluetooth or not? In this detailed video, JC Mayerle and Doug Ranly from Sporty’s explain what to look for, then they take four popular models flying to compare them in the cockpit of a Cessna 172. Which one will come out on top?

 

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Comments | Posted in Headsets By John Zimmerman

My first encounter with Bose military headsets

Mar 19, 2019

Performance + Durability = Game Changer

We first arrived in the Iraqi desert early in 2004. The invasion dubbed “shock and awe” happened in 2003, so our battalion was part of the rebuilding phase. This was well before all the fancy armored vehicles appeared in theater. The “armor” on our trucks and humvees consisted of sheet metal we cut via torch and welded together. This armor “worked” for bullets, but not so much for IEDs. We would later learn the hard way that the IEDs were a much larger threat.

 

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6 Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By Doug Ranly

Flight testing the Lightspeed Tango wireless headset

Mar 12, 2019

For pilots looking to clean up cockpit clutter without sacrificing premium features and performance, the cable-free convenience of Tango is the answer. The first premium wireless aviation headset, Tango delivers outstanding noise cancellation and renowned Lightspeed comfort, in addition to full Bluetooth integration and a brilliantly conceived user interface.

 

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Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By John Zimmerman

A good headset is a smart investment in your health

Feb 12, 2019

Sporty’s Founder shares his regret at not wearing headsets

I’ve been flying for over 50 years, in everything from single engine Pipers to twin engine jets. But for the first 30 years of my flying career, those flights did not involve an aviation headset. Communicating with Air Traffic Control meant listening to a scratchy cabin speaker over the roar of the engines, and then, if I was lucky enough to understand the instructions, replying with a hand-held microphone.

 

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3 Comments | Posted in PIREPs Headsets By Hal Shevers
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