It’s been more than six months since Bose debuted the A30, its first new general aviation headset since the popular A20 entered the market in 2010. Since the launch, the A30 has seen good sales and positive feedback from the pilot community, Bose Aviation headset group business development manager Chris Wuerfl told FLYING in an interview this week at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas.
This year’s show is the first NBAA-BACE appearance for the A30, and Wuerfl noted that one of the features receiving a lot of attention in the business jet environment is the headset’s three modes of active noise reduction (ANR). Adding to that, the headset’s tap control for talk-through communication was also of interest to the business aviation community.
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“In a general aviation environment, you may only ever use the high mode, but if you’re flying in a quieter jet environment, the medium mode might be ideal…,” Wuerfl said. “One of the benefits to the low mode that you wouldn’t see in general aviation… [is that] in the corporate environment you may have someone who wants to speak to the pilot so that low mode allows them to have that interpersonal communication.”
Wuerfl reports that the only real stumbling block with the A30 has been not having enough inventory when the product was launched. That issue has been addressed across almost all variations, with only a few rare SKUs—primarily military models—still lagging.
Compared to the A20, the A30 is a few ounces lighter and has about 20 percent less clamping force. It also features a new headband designed to better balance the weight, better clarity of audio, and improved ANR. The A30 is priced at $1,299.
“The nice thing about it is that the A30 crosses all barriers,” Wuerfl said. “It can be utilized in general aviation, corporate, and commercial environments and…can seamlessly work between them.”
On the A20 side, Wuerfl points out that Bose still has some inventory but will be phasing it out over the next few months. While the company won’t be producing more, he emphasized that it will continue to support the model indefinitely. For those looking to move from the A20 to the A30, there is no upgrade program available, but Wuerfl maintained the company would like to put one in place in the future.