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.
Sennheiser Aerospace (Booth No. 1196) is exhibiting its newest aviation headset, the HME 26/HMEC 26, for which the company guarantees reliable voice transmission in the cockpits of jets and propeller airplanes.
Dassault has selected Honeywell to supply a communications gateway (CG-710) and multi-channel satcom systems (MCS-7120) for all Falcon 900 and 2000 series business jets and the Falcon 7X. The technology is intended to provide a bridge between passengers and their laptops, as well as voice-over-IP calling capability and BlackBerry e-mail access. The system will provide benefits for pilots, too.
Lightspeed Aviation last month unveiled the Zulu Helo, an active-noise-reduction headset for helicopter pilots. The company claims Zulu’s noise reduction and non-clamp design eliminates headset fatigue. Orders for the $900 Zulu Helo can be placed through a Lightspeed-authorized dealer. Deliveries are slated to begin this month.
Active-noise-reduction specialist Lightspeed Aviation (Booth No. 308) is introducing its Zulu Helo headset at Heli-Expo 2008. It is a product the Lake Oswego, Ore.-based company describes as the first “premium-priced, luxury headset” designed specifically for the rotorcraft market.
An airborne telemedical emergency-assistance kit is an item often overlooked in the interior completion and refurbishment process, particularly on smaller aircraft. Now ER-Link of West Bend, Wis., is offering a solution in the form of an FAA-approved kit designed specifically for use in small business aircraft. It offers the advantage of simultaneous voice and data transmission.
Interiors specialist Fokker Services has selected AlsterAero of Hamburg, Germany, to provide an A319 (ACJ) entertainment and passenger communication system it describes as one of “the most sophisticated and flexible seen” on an executive jet to date. The core of the system is a wireless local area network, on-demand audio/video server, communication server connected to the satcom system and Ethernet switching network.
The prototype personal stereo was famously developed in 1978 to help Sony founder Masaru Ibuka listen to opera while airborne on business trips.
The FAA is concerned that some noise-canceling headsets might prevent pilots from hearing audible alarms, abnormal engine noise or other mechanical sounds. The agency, in a January 1 Information for Operators (InFO 07001), said noise attenuation of headsets “may vary by make and model” and if these sounds cannot be detected “discontinue the use of noise-canceling headsets.”
A new and innovative ultralight headset that can be seen on the Terma stand (C232) is gaining support among airline and corporate aircraft pilots, following its certification in the wake of trials last year.