My Aviation Headset Recommendations

Protect your ears while flying! Buy the best aviation headset you can afford. Here are Lightspeed solutions I’ve tested, and/or that Aviation News Talk podcast listeners rated highly in our listener survey. Airplanes are noisy, and once you’ve lost your hearing, you can’t get it back!

Lightspeed Delta Zulu Aviation Headset – Click for more info or to order
Lightspeed Delta Zulu headsetThe new Lightspeed Delta Zulu headset sets the standard for excellence in an ANR headset. In addition to being the quietest Lightspeed headset, it feature an “always on” carbon monoxide detector that issue CO level warning through the headset. The headset also feature a built-in frequency equalizer that you can custom tune to your ears to compensate for any potential hearing loss. It sells for $1099.

“I love how the Delta Zulu compensates for my hearing loss at low and high frequencies. It makes the controller voices richer and less tinny. So it actually made listening to the radio a little less irritating. And I say that because listening to the radio gets a little tiring to me after being in the airplane for hours, and anything that makes that more pleasant is a welcome change.”

 – Max Trescott
2008 National CFI of the Year
Lightspeed Delta Zulu Aviation Headset – Click for more info or to order

Lightspeed Zulu 3 Aviation Headset – Click for more info or to order

I fly 5-6 days a week, and this is the headset I use most often. I like that I can easily record everything I hear in the headset on my iPhone with the FlightLink app.

 – Max Trescott
2008 National CFI of the Year


More Comfortable

Ear Seals tapered around the jaw for more natural fit.
Plush ear seals with 20% more surface area than its leading competitor.
Larger cup cavity provides 50% more space for your ears.

More Durable
Rugged cables built around a Kevlar core deliver more strength and flexibility with less weight than standard cables.
Nearly 100% of the headset made from stainless steel and magnesium.

Performance and Support
Award-winning active noise cancellation (ANR).
Zulu.3 is the FLYING Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Award for 2017.
Bluetooth for phone & music.
Auto Shutoff when finished.
FlightLink compatible for recording audio to iPhones and iPads.
Zulu 3 is backed by an industry-best 7-year warranty.

Lightspeed Sierra ANR Aviation Headset – Click for more info or to Order

“The Sierra still gives you the active noise reduction you need, while being affordable for those on a budget.

 – Max Trescott
2008 National CFI of the Year

Active Noise Reduction (ANR) Technology
Active noise cancellation over a broad range of low-frequency noise.

Performance and Support
Bluetooth for phone & music.
FlightLink compatible for recording audio to iPhones and iPads.
Reversible microphone lets you place it on the left or right.
Weights just 16 ounces.
Five year warranty.
Made in USA.

Typically $650 – Click link to see if the price has changed
Lightspeed Sierra ANR Aviation Headset

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