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New headset technology can improve air-to-ground communications

May 11, 2011, 12:46 pm

Advances in technology can lead to overall safety improvements for pilots. Lightspeed Aviation recently announced a new model of their Zulu headset, which boasts advances in noise reduction and ergonomic design.

Noise reduction was a big selling point for the original model of the headset as it cancels out a large portion of engine noises. Active noise reduction has become more efficient in the new headset design, so pilots can hear transmissions over the engines of their planes. ANR technology has also been applied to the microphone, so ground support can hear transmissions from pilots more clearly.

Better communications can create a safer flying environment, but specialized life insurance policies for pilots should still be a consideration, as risk cannot be completely eradicated from the world of aviation.

"We were extremely proud of the advancements in design, technology and high performance that were part of the original Zulu, which we introduced just three and a half years ago," Allan Schrader, the president of Lightspeed Aviation stated. "Now, we've simply taken a great headset and made it even better."

AOPA also reports that the new headset model is more comfortable, with 15 percent less pressure, which is advantageous for lengthy flights. 

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