Fans of Bose’s noise-canceling headsets might want to stop by the company’s NBAA booth (No. 6068) to try out the A20. Introduced at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh in July, the $1,095 (retail) headset incorporates some significant improvements from the original Bose Aviation Headset X, which pioneered noise-canceling for aviation headsets when it hit the market 12 years ago.
Bose introduced its long-awaited A20 noise-canceling headset at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh in July and attendees immediately began snapping up the $1,095 (retail) headset. The A20 launch comes 12 years after Bose introduced the Aviation Headset X, spawning keen competition in the headset market and convincing pilots that noise-canceling plus passive sound deadening is the way to fly.
New Bose technology designed to dampen the road vibration translated into semi-truck cab seats could be applied to helicopters, according to at least one leading aircraft seating engineer.
The prototype personal stereo was famously developed in 1978 to help Sony founder Masaru Ibuka listen to opera while airborne on business trips.
Alto Aviation, with roots at audio giant Bose, is expanding and last month completed a move from its old Sterling, Mass. facilities to a new, larger 14,000-sq-ft corporate headquarters and manufacturing center in nearby Leominster. The company’s founders, all retired from Bose, launched Alto about nine years ago. With the blessing of Dr.