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What headsets have you found work well with the noise in the Great Lakes?  Right now I am using two Lightspeed Zulu headsets.  In flight it is still very difficult to hear conversation between pilot and passenger as well as ATC communications.  The intercom squelch can't keep up so it is an open mic all the time and I think the wind noise is also playing with the ANR in the headsets.  Any suggestions?


   
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ANR headsets don't work in my GL, because they actually amplify the wind noise frequencies.  I sold my Lightspeed Zulu, which worked great when I was learning to fly in a Cessna 172..

My solution, after much experimentation and advice from this group:

  • Clarity Aloft in-ear headset
  • Double muffs on the microphone
  • PS Engineering intercom with individual volume and squelch for each cockpit
  • Open-face motorcycle helmet to minimize wind noise past my ears
    • Helmet does a good job of keeping the microphone from flopping around
 
This configuration works really well for me.  Hope this helps.

Wayne

      _____________
____(~)__/__
o/ o

 



From: "cardwell.ron@gmail.com [greatlakesbiplane]"
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Sent: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 8:04 AM
Subject: [greatlakesbiplane] Headset and/or intercom recommendations

 

What headsets have you found work well with the noise in the Great Lakes?  Right now I am using two Lightspeed Zulu headsets.  In flight it is still very difficult to hear conversation between pilot and passenger as well as ATC communications.  The intercom squelch can't keep up so it is an open mic all the time and I think the wind noise is also playing with the ANR in the headsets.  Any suggestions?

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Bose A20's work great with my Trig radio.  You do however need to have a cloth (or leather helmet) to keep the seals in tact. I highly recommend Gibson and Barnes cloth helmets.  The sizes are on the small side so order up one size. I use an XL and am pretty average sized. I also have a clarity aloft professional model headset that I don't think does nearly as good a job as the Bose as it doesn't put out enough volume. 
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On Jun 7, 2017, at 11:24 AM, Wayne McIntyre waynefmcintyre@yahoo.com [greatlakesbiplane] <greatlakesbiplane@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

ANR headsets don't work in my GL, because they actually amplify the wind noise frequencies.  I sold my Lightspeed Zulu, which worked great when I was learning to fly in a Cessna 172..

My solution, after much experimentation and advice from this group:

  • Clarity Aloft in-ear headset
  • Double muffs on the microphone
  • PS Engineering intercom with individual volume and squelch for each cockpit
  • Open-face motorcycle helmet to minimize wind noise past my ears
    • Helmet does a good job of keeping the microphone from flopping around
 
This configuration works really well for me.  Hope this helps.

Wayne

      _____________
____(~)__/__
o/ o

 



From: "cardwell.ron@gmail.com [greatlakesbiplane]" <greatlakesbiplane@yahoogroups.com>
To: greatlakesbiplane@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 8:04 AM
Subject: [greatlakesbiplane] Headset and/or intercom recommendations

 

What headsets have you found work well with the noise in the Great Lakes?  Right now I am using two Lightspeed Zulu headsets.  In flight it is still very difficult to hear conversation between pilot and passenger as well as ATC communications.  The intercom squelch can't keep up so it is an open mic all the time and I think the wind noise is also playing with the ANR in the headsets.  Any suggestions?


   
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I use Bose QC20 active noise cancelling earplugs underneath a Pilot PA-1181T headset.  As others have said, you can't use an active noise cancelling headset in an open cockpit because of the rapidly changing wind noise.  But any standard headset will block that enough so the ANR on the ear plugs works great. (My old David Clark H10-30 work equally well with the ear plugs.)  (You use the QC20 ear plugs to hear, the headset microphone to talk.) 

The Bose QC20 are only $249.  You also need a volume control to match the impedance and a 1/8 to 1/4 inch adapter.  I use the Shure EAADPT-KiT ($15 on Amazon) which has both..  


   
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