Apr 22 2008

My First Headset

Category: RamblingsDaniel @ 6:54 pm

My CFI had been nice enough to let me use one his extra headsets for my first couple of lessons (I hear stories of some CFI’s and FBO’s even charging rental fees for sets). However, I knew I’d eventually have to get one of my own. Me being me, I had to research the crap out of headsets and find the “best bang for the buck”…my usual mantra. Of course, I picked the brain of my CFI and got some general thoughts on what to look for in a headset: comfort, comfort, comfort, noise reduction, and reliability. I heard wonderful things about the Active Noise Reduction (ANR) headsets, but they start at around $400 (and go up to $1,000+) and I knew that was simply out of my price range. Furthermore, eventually this first headset would become my passenger set (hopefully years down the road), so I didn’t want to break the bank on something I have no experience with before.

Flightcom 4DLX HeadsetTherefore, I quickly decided a passive set (PNR) was the way to go for me. I found a neat little headset comparison tool on MyPilotStore.com which I found useful to compare general features. I checked the manufacturer websites as well. My CFI mentioned that Flightcom made good quality sets that rivaled David Clarks (the apparent Lexus of headsets). The DC’s come very highly recommended all over the net, but they are a little too pricey for my first set. That being said, I knew one of the three Flightcom models would work. I settled on the middle of the road model, the Flightcom 4DLX Classic Style Headset. It had good padding, good all-around features, and didn’t break the bank.

The 4DLX does provide great ear protection and is pretty darn comfortable. Though, I do have to admit it starts to pinch my head a little after an hour or so (but maybe I need to re-adjust it a bit). The fact all passive headsets seal around your ear by a clamping action leads me to believe this isn’t anything out of the ordinary. What does slightly worry me is that the microphone seems to need a loud voice to register (although my CFI mentions the pilot side mic jack in the plane we use has always been finicky…so I don’t know if the problem is the jack or the headset…only testing in another plane will tell). I should probably do that before the 30-day money back guarantee is up!!

Anyways, I’m fairly happy with my purchase though and I must admit this makes me feel more like a “real” pilot!

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2 Responses to “My First Headset”

  1. Evan Krueger says:

    Funny on the timing of your article. Just last weekend I bought the 5DX from my local flight school. I even got a chance to try on the 4DLX. I’m really satisfied with the quality and the comfort (especially for the low price). Great blog by the way. I love the layout. It’s easy to navigate around. Thanks for the article!

    -Evan Krueger

  2. How Expensive is it to Learn to Fly? | Dan's Pilot Times says:

    […] Another huge variable cost, I bought a Flightcom 4DLX, a solid starter set.  You can check out my review here.  Obviously you can save costs here if you buy something used – I bought new.  Total cost = […]

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