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February 27th 2013
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How to Pick Your Perfect Pilot Headset

The headset is one of the most important items that a pilot needs when in the cockpit therefore it is important that your chosen pair matches your individual needs. Whether you fly professionally or as a hobby, Flightstore offer a range of headsets from top name brands such as Sennheiser and David Clark to buy online. If you are looking to upgrade your current set or are planning on purchasing your first pair, follow our top tips to find the perfect match. The actual noise technology used within your headphones is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a headset. Typically pilots opt for either a passive noise reduction model or an ANR (Active Noise Reduction) model however which one you choose depends on your own needs. ANR technology reduces low frequency noise such as engine and propeller noise in light aircraft. ANR headsets work effectively on low frequency sounds and still allow you to hear other important noise in the cockpit such as voices. A headset with passive noise control uses much simpler technology, drowning out sound using thick ear pads made of gel or foam to create a seal around the ear. By surrounding your ear passive headsets succeed in muffling sound around you. Whether you are embarking on a cross country flight or simply taking part in a flying lesson, comfort is the key when it comes to choosing the right headset. When trying on headsets make sure you check for the following before making a purchase • Clamping power • Weight • Padding • Adjustability • Materials All of these factors should combine to create a headset that fits comfortably and securely whilst also giving you the flexibility to move and adjust when needed. Many headsets come with a range of additional features designed to make everyday aviation life easier, keep an eye out of those that come with a carry case, volume controls and mono/stereo switches. Take a look at the full range of pilot headsets available to buy online today at Flightstore.