AOPA Flight Training's Headset Buyer's Guide


An aviation headset often is one of the first major purchases that a student pilot makes—and one of the most important. Headsets not only promote more effective communication, but they also provide invaluable hearing protection. Exposure to the ambient noise in the cockpit of an operating aircraft, especially over time, can result in hearing loss. For an excellent overview on types of headsets and features to look for, read "Hear All About It" from the May 2006 AOPA Flight Training. For additional information on the subject, read one new pilot's account of her search for the perfect headset in "How to Buy a Headset" from the April 2001 issue.

Headset manufacturers

Most of these headset manufacturers, listed in bold type, produce and sell a variety of aviation headsets. Companies that sell branded headsets, listed in regular type, do not manufacture the headsets they sell and frequently have a smaller selection, but the products they sell may offer different features from similar products sold by their manufacturers. Visit their Web sites and talk with company representatives to learn more about their products.

Headset buyer's guide

Company Links to AOPA magazine articles on company products
Avcomm International, Inc.
E-mail: eliot@Avcomm.com
Phone: 800/845-7541
"Avcomm AC-454 headset,"
AOPA Pilot, November 2000
Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.
E-mail: asa@asa2fly.com
Phone: 800/272-2359
 
AvShop
Contact: www.avshop.com/customerservicef1.asp
Phone: 866/928-7467
"AvShop A400 ANR headset,"
AOPA Pilot, February 2004
Bose Corporation
E-mail: support@bose.com
Phone: 800/999-2673
"Bose X headset,"
AOPA Pilot, December 2003
Aloft Technologies
E-mail: service@clarityaloft.com
Phone: 612/747-3197
"Aloft Technologies: Clarity Aloft aviation headset,"
AOPA Pilot, May 2005
David Clark Company, Inc.
E-mail: SalesWWW@DavidClark.com
Phone: 508/751-5800
"David Clark's strong silent type,"
AOPA Pilot, September 1996
DRE Communications
E-mail: pat@drecommunications.com
Phone: 877/987-9977 (toll-free)
"Headset roundup: earily quiet,"
AOPA Pilot, December 1998
Flightcom Corporation
E-mail: sales@flightcom.net
800/432-4342
"Flightcom Classic ANR headset,"
AOPA Pilot, October 2002
Headsets, Inc.
E-mail: jan@headsetsinc.com
Phone: 800/876-3374
"Headsets Inc. EM-1,"
AOPA Pilot, January 2001
Joyce Telectronic Corporation
E-mail: joytc@msn.com
Phone: 727/461-3525
"Headset roundup: earily quiet,"
AOPA Pilot, December 1998
LightSpeed Aviation, Inc.
E-mail: sales@lightspeedaviation.com
Phone: 800/332-2421
"Lightspeed ANR headsets,"
AOPA Pilot, July 2003
Marv Golden Pilot Supplies
E-mail: sales@marvgolden.com
Phone: 800/348-0014
 
Peltor
E-mail: peltor_communications@aearo.com
Phone: 800/665-2942
"Peltor Series 7000 Sport LE headset,"
AOPA Pilot, May 2004
Pilot Communications USA
E-mail: info@pilot-usa.comm
Phone: 800/731-0790
"Pilot Communications PA-1779 XL(P),"
AOPA Pilot, February 2001
Plantronics, Inc.
Contact: www.plantronics.com/north_america/en_US/contact.jhtml
Phone: 800/544-4660
 
Quiet Technologies, Inc.
E-mail: pmccand@orblink.com
Phone: 866/784-3883
"UltraFlite headset,"
AOPA Pilot, November 2002
RST Engineering (Headset Kits)
E-mail: tech@rst-engr.com
Phone: 530/272-2203
 
Sennheiser Electronic Corporation
Contact: www.sennheiserusa.com/
Phone: 860/434-9190
"Sennheiser lightweight headsets,"
AOPA Pilot, February 2005
Sigtronics Corporation
E-mail: info@sigtronics.com
Phone: 909/305-9399
"Sigtronics SPA-400N and -600N,"
AOPA Pilot, May 2003
SoftComm Products, Inc.
E-mail: softcomm@softcommheadsets.com
Phone: 800/342-4756
"SoftComm ANR Centurion C-100,"
AOPA Pilot, March 2001
Telex Communications, Inc.
E-mail: info@telex.com
Phone: 952/884-4051
"Telex Stratus 50-D ANR headset,"
AOPA Pilot, August 2002

Headset suppliers

Headset supplier's guide

Company
Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.
E-mail: asa@asa2fly.com
Phone: 800/272-2359
AvShop
Contact: www.avshop.com/customerservicef1.asp
Phone: 866/928-7467
Eastern Avionics International, Inc.
E-mail: staff@avionix.com
Phone: 800/628-2667 (orders)
941/637-8585 (information)
Marv Golden Pilot Supplies
E-mail: sales@marvgolden.com
Phone: 800/348-0014
MyPilotStore.com
E-mail: help@MyPilotStore.com
Phone: not available
FlightEssentials Pilot Shop
E-mail: sales@flightessentials.net
Phone: 877/745-6874
Sporty's Pilot Shop
E-mail: pilotshop@sportys.com
Phone: 800/776-7897

Note: Businesses listed in boldfaced type advertise in AOPA Flight Training.


Updated Friday, March 24, 2006


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