If there’s one thing that will get a pilot’s attention immediately, it’s when ATC says something like: “Traffic alert! Your traffic is a P-51 at your 12 o’clock, same altitude, opposite direction, closing fast.” At that very moment, the last thing you need is to be using a cheap, substandard headset and have to struggle to hear this important transmission from ATC.
When you absolutely need to hear and understand ATC instructions, you need the superb sound quality and noise-cancellation technology of the Bose A20 headset. With 30 percent greater noise reduction than conventional aviation headsets, this top-of-the-line ergonomic headset sets the standard for aviation headsets with features and performance that will serve owners for many years.
Bose was the first company to introduce commercially available, active-noise-reduction headsets to the market and has over 30 years of experience providing headsets for critical communications globally. Along with their line of aviation headsets, Bose is known worldwide for a wide range of audio equipment, all delivering the high standard of quality that comes from the company’s long history of innovation.
The A20 stands out as a great value for students and CFIs, with a durable, comfortable design that offers 30 percent less clamping force than conventional aviation headsets. On short hops or long hauls, at just 12 ounces, both pilot and passenger will appreciate using one of the lightest and most comfortable around-ear headsets available, with that comfort enhanced by soft ear cushions.
Bose engineers have succeeded in designing comfort into the A20, but even that effort is surpassed by the features and performance built into the headset. Leading that feature set is of course the Bose active noise reduction technology, which automatically shapes and equalizes incoming signals for enhanced clarity and intelligibility. The ergonomic control module includes an auxiliary audio input with intercom/AUX priority switching, ideal for hand-held GPS devices and electronics flight bags. The A20 has flexible power circuitry with auto-on that switches to and from battery power and aircraft power, and Bluetooth connectivity allows users to wirelessly connect to their Bluetooth-enabled devices.
The A20 is fully certified to FAA Technical Standard Orders and E/TSO-C139 standards and meets or exceeds the standards set for the product category of aviation headsets. Before the A20 received TSO certification, the model was tested in extreme heat and subzero temperatures for multiple hours and endured numerous drop tests. As if that was not enough testing abuse, the A20 design also had to withstand tens of thousands of flexes, tugs and pulls; survive crush testing to prove durability; and be able to function when subjected to a multitude of environmental factors including sand, humidity, condensation, blowing rain, thermal cycles, salt fog and more.
The Bose A20 delivers everything a pilot needs in an aviation headset, including comfort and durability, from a company that has always set the standard for audio performance.