As the gates opened for the annual Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida, Bose announced a new aviation headset, its first aviation product introduction since its popular active noise-cancelling A20 was launched in 2010.
The Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset is targeted to the professional pilot community. Bose claims the new headset is the industry’s smallest, quietest and most comfortable ANR headset, though it does not provide quite as much noise cancellation as the A20. Unlike the ear cups that are used for most aviation headsets, the ProFlight headset uses a headband with earbuds, which makes the whole system less than half the weight of the A20. ProFlight weighs only 4.9 ounces. Bose’s StayHear silicone tips promise better comfort than some other earbud-style headsets.
One great addition is the tap control, which allows the user to manipulate the ANR feature for more or less noise cancellation (there are three levels). So rather than having to remove an earbud when communicating with a passenger who is not using a headset, the pilot can reduce the noise cancellation level. The ProFlight Aviation Headset also includes Bluetooth connectivity.
The price for the ProFlight Aviation headset is $995.95 and it will be available at the end of May.