Aviation Headsets for Pilots

By John White

Aviation Headset - More Than Comfort"When you are considering the purchase of headsets for use in your aircraft, the first thought that often comes to mind is comfort; however, this is not the most important consideration when buying a headset. Modern piston-powered aircraft and helicopters produce high sound levels, often in the range of 90-95db, and present a major challenge to provide both clear communication and adequate hearing protection..." 

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What Constitutes a Good Aviation Headset?

By Caitlina Fuller

"The aviation headset should be comfortable so that they can last as many hours you flight takes. If the headsets are tight you may suffer from headaches and it may also become a strain to your shoulders and neck. So the weight of these headsets should not be heavy. The padding in a headset also is important. Padding is more important for your ears..." 

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Understanding How Aviation Headsets Reduce Noise

By Chris Spears

"Passive Noise Reduction – These are sometimes referred to as NNR headsets, and are the least expensive. They use insulation and thick padding to cut down on cockpit noise. The earphones are designed to create a tight seal around the ears. With these, you’ll receive about 25 decibels of noise reduction. Most of this will be high-frequency noise.

Active Noise Reduction – Like NNR, active noise reduction (ANR) headsets use insulation to protect hearing. In addition, there is an electronic signal that “cancels out” incoming noise to provide noise reduction in the low-frequency range. The electronic signal is not an audible sound, but a frequency pulse that matches incoming sound as an opposite signal. Quality ANR Peltor Headsets can provide up to 30 decibels of noise reduction depending on the brand.

Digital Noise Reduction – The most expensive option also gives you the most protection because it adds a final level of protection beyond even ANR. In these, electronics monitor the actual surrounding sounds and mimic them with opposing signals to cancel the..."

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Quality Equipment is Required For Safe Piloting

The Aviation Headset - Safe Piloting Demands a Good OneBy Chuck R Stewart

"A helicopter pilot has several tasks to perform at once just to get the helicopter off the ground. The mind can only handle so many things. To have quality helicopter helmets and aviation headsets allows the pilot to concentrate on the tasks at hand without the distractions of poor equipment. Aviation headsets and helicopter helmets need to be good quality and meet high standards at all times.

Aviation headsets come in many styles for many different uses. There are passive noise reduction and active noise reduction headsets. Active noise headsets do cost a bit more but the noise reduction is greater. Pilot's needing a greater degree of silence to complete their tasks should choose an active noise reduction headset. Passive noise reduction headsets work well but not to the degree of the active sets. Both types of sets have quality microphones installed. Most aviation headsets microphones booms are flexible and have air filters on them. The filters are used to prevent wind noise and others noises from leaking into the microphone while in use. Some headsets have battery backups at a small additional cost..."

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