Bose is Protecting Ears and Blowing Minds With the A20 Aviation Headset
As students pilot, I have not a lot of experience with aviation headsets. Even today, I’ve only worn four: an extremely, very uncomfortable and cheap pair that garbled communication as a result of each of the static, a decent pair that functioned but were fairly uncomfortable that I had to continually adjust, some David Clark Pro-X‘s (that i will discuss later), and incredibly recently, I was presented with the possibility to try the famed Bose A20 Aviation Headset. I took the headset with me on my second flight lesson, where we flew over Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains for a couple hours in a Cessna 172m.

Lake Tahoe and the mountains ringing the basin from the air.

First applying for grants the Bose A20 Aviation Headset:
Wow. Just, wow. This headset felt like I was wearing marshmallows over my ears that gave me super-hearing. My flight instructor coincidentally also had a set of Bose A20’s, and we could actually chat as evidently and easily as we’re able to in a vacant park on a quiet day, sitting right next to one another. Almost every other experience I’ve had in a tiny plane, conversation was kept short and sweet simply simply because hearing the other person is difficult, understanding that you’re being heard appropriately is impossible, and hearing your own voice amplified in your ears is distracting aswell, but with the Bose A20’s, my instructor and I could actually discuss everything beneath the sun with ease.

First applying for grants the DC Pro-X Aviation Headset:
For comparisons sake, I continued another flight two days later to more accurately compare the Bose A20 Aviation Headset to its competition, and could benefit from the David Clark Pro-X Aviation Headset. I was happily surprised to find that the on-ear headset was actually convenient for my ear piercings/sunglasses combo compared to the ear cupping cushions. However, I did so notice the sound eliminating when I turned my check out watch out over Donner Lake whenever we flew over, and the microphone didn’t stay as securely pressed against my mouth as the Bose A20’s did. The comfort was superior, the purchase price is less expensive ($695, a complete $400 cheaper), however the audio tracks couldn’t hold a flame to Bose. The audio-dampening ability worked fairly well, as I had to pull the speaker from my ear to listen to the changes in engine pitch as my boss and piloting mentor Bryan Stewart instructed me to pay attention as we adjusted the throttle, among other activities, however the ambient plane noises seemed generally louder.

The band on the headset was more challenging to me to regulate, nonetheless it fit excellently once it did. I came across I had to eliminate the DC Pro-X Aviation Headset to shorten the band, whereas on the Bose A20 headset I could do it while wearing it, that was very convenient and allowed me to target more on the plane and the world around it. The DC Pro-X also had individually adjustable speaker volume, and I came across the control module to be less bulky and slightly lighter compared to the Bose A20’s, although Bose definitely had the aesthetic and ergonomic advantage.

The speakers themselves were the dentist-office-green I associate with old fashioned aviation equipment, and had a slightly busier appearance, because of the cords and wires exposure (as is most common). The Bose A20’s will spoil you, for the reason that cords are built inside structure of the headset band, giving it an extremely sleek, modern appearance. Though I’m not personally a fan of the looks of the DC Pro-X aviation headset, it is extremely similar to classic aviators wearing leather caps and bomber jackets, which definitely has its appeal.

Comfort means safety for pilots
Finding a comfortable couple of recreation headphones is difficult, but finding an aviation headset you can wear all night comfortably isn’t only hard, it’s expensive and incredibly important. With out a comfortable and reliable headset, your attention is pulled from your instruments and windows, which escalates the dangers of piloting an aircraft. Every second you may spend yanking off your headset to readjust the band or fiddle with the microphone can be an chance of disaster to strike. As experienced pilots know, pilot error is by far the highest reason behind crashes and accidents, so it’s necessary to respect the dangers of the problem and present your plane, and the complete flight experience, the attention it deserves.

Understanding how to fly, it’s incredibly essential that you can hear and talk to your instructor clearly, as soon as you commence communicating over the air with towers or other pilots, clarity in communication could be a life or death situation. For this reason, I needed an extremely comfortable headset that could i want to focus all my attention on flying. For me personally, finding a comfortable headset was (I thought) an impossible task, because I eventually have a couple of rings in my own ears. I’ve some quite intensive cartilage piercings that produce wearing over-the-ear headphones a horrible experience. For a long time, it’s been a battle between frequent adjusting some headphones or simply coping with it as clumps of surgical steel are painfully pressed against my head, leading to sore, tender ears, and oftentimes headaches (depending how long I was wearing them). Luckily, the Bose A20’s speakers were comfortable hugging my ears, but I definitely recommended the soft, on-ear speakers from the DC Pro-X’s.

The band includes a cushion system that’s made up of two squares of dense, cushy sheepskin stuck to a brief cloth rubber band. The elastic lets you attach the sheepskin pads closer together or farther apart on the Velcro strips glued to the band. The light metal band is constructed of two sections, linked with a hinge in the centre, so the stretchiness of the furry padding also plays a part in an increased, convenient fit for larger heads. Unlike almost every other couple of headphones or headsets I’ve ever really tried, it didn’t squeeze the life span out of my brain while also holding the speakers set up. I knew that the headset was said to be among the lightest available to buy at only 12oz, nonetheless it felt heavy and strong enough that I wasn’t worried about breaking it.

Large selection of size-flexibility
As a woman, aviation headsets usually are too big for me personally, and the speakers fit more along my ear lobe and jawline than other things, but luckily, this is false with the Bose A20 aviation headset. I was happily surprised that I actually had to lessen the cushiony speakers to match correctly, illustrating that could fit even the littlest pilot. The speakers were unbelievably clear, and the oblong condition of the cushion really helped prevent any pain from pressing against my ear piercings. I wish that I possibly could wear them while hearing music at home!

The microphone is mounted on a bendy, rubber coated wire that delivers excellent positioning ability, and didn’t subject me compared to that uncomfortable cold-metal sensation when it brushed against my cheek turning my head while banking and such.

Double the noise-cancelling, double the fun
The most impressive the main whole headset (although comfort is unquestionably tied for first) was the inherent noise-cancelling ability of the cushioned speakers. In-flight, my instructor would occasionally ask me easily could hear the change in the engines pitch or volume, to that i answered each time, “Nope!” And I realized following the lesson that I never even fired up using the noise-cancelling function, which is manipulated by a tiny power button on the control module mounted on the cord. Some variants of the Bose A20 are exclusively aircraft-powered, and can turn on whenever your avionics do, but I was using the battery powered headset, which includes an auto-off feature, but requires you to manually start the headset. While taxiing back again to the hangar, I made a decision to try the noise-cancelling button and suddenly gained an extremely empathetic link with deaf people. The silencing ability is shocking, like what I imagine space or being buried underground to appear to be. It’s a plainly perceptible dampening of each sound except the kinds being transmitted through the speakers. To be frank, it creates the world weirdly quiet.

Easily customizable to match the needs of each pilot (or student!)
The control module includes a couple other very interesting and convenient functions aswell. A fun one may be the individually adjustable volume knobs. I haven’t yet experienced a dependence on that function, but I tried it anyway. It worked aswell as you’ll expect given the Bose A20’s reputation, which is absolutely dang well. Maybe I’ll come across a predicament that necessitates that function in later lessons!

The headset also offers Bluetooth capability that allows you to create calls or pay attention to music wirelessly, and an audio tracks prioritizing switch which allows you to mute or mix the many music sources. The headset also includes two removable cord clips in order to fix the cord to your seatbelt or pants, keeping it taken care of or inserting the control module within easy reach. All of this will come in an egg-shaped black zippered travel case with firm inserts to carry the headset set up, and elastic straps and two elastic pouches: one externally of the case, and one within leading zipper flap.