Fly Me to the Moon Contest

Fly me to the moon contest

Lightspeed Aviation announced the Fly Me to the Moon contest, which runs May 23 through June 26, 2016. The pilot who flies the most miles during private flights — as tracked through CloudAhoy tracking and debriefing service — will win their choice of any of the four models of Lightspeed premium ANR headsets including Sierra, Zulu.2, Zulu PFX, or the new Tango wireless headset. First runner up will win a Gann leather flight bag and second runner up will win a Markham leather flight bag, both from Lightspeed's Adventure Flight Bag Collection. Anyone with a free or standard CloudAhoy account can enter the Fly Me to the Moon contest. Continue reading "Fly Me to the Moon Contest"

Gnarly Noise Negators

Light-1Our first day at Air Venture someone urged us to check out Lightspeed's "new" headsets with the ANR microphone on the outside of the ear cup. They went on about how quiet they were supposed to be and yep, yep, yep, we've heard that before…

Dutifully, we did enter the Lightspeed booth and took the briefing on the Zulu PFX. Turns out these are not new, but were brought to market almost exactly a year ago, but would you like to try on a pair? Continue reading "Gnarly Noise Negators"

Lightspeed adds expanded Bluetooth capability to its Sierra headset

Lightspeed Aviation announced today that it has added Bluetooth audio capability to their entry level Sierra headset, making the entire Lightspeed line of aviation headsets fully compatible with Bluetooth cell phone, music, and audio alerts from aviation apps installed on Bluetooth-capable devices.

The Lightspeed Sierra headset now offers Bluetooth music and audio alerts from popular navigation apps.
The Lightspeed Sierra headset now offers Bluetooth music and audio alerts from popular navigation apps.

"Sierra already enabled pilots to use a cell phone via Bluetooth. By adding the music functionality, we are also responding to the growing number of pilots that are accessing audio alerts from popular navigation apps. These alerts use the same Bluetooth protocol as music," said Teresa De Mers, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support. "Combined with our proprietary FlightLink recording app, Sierra is packed with features not found in much more expensive headsets.

Lightspeed positions Sierra as a value-priced entry into the world of premium ANR aviation headsets and sees it as the perfect complement to their popular Zulu.2 and the top-of-the-line Zulu PFX®.

"Think of Sierra as the BMW 2 of headsets," said De Mers. "You get the comfort, performance, and features of a premium ANR headset at price that puts it within reach of most pilots — student or experienced."

For more information about Lightspeed Aviation and their products, visit LightspeedAviation.com.

Lightspeed Unveils "Quietest" Headset

zulupfxLightspeed says it has raised the standard for active noise reduction headsets with its new Zulu PFX. At a news conference at AirVenture 2013, the company unveiled a headset that automatically customizes the noise reduction while enhancing the sounds that the pilot wants to hear for a "personal flying experience." The ANR system uses microphones on the outside and inside the earcups to sense and then act on unwanted sounds while at the same time increasing the fidelity of voice transmissions and music. It also measures and maps the ear of the wearer to customize the sound response. "It's a significant breakthrough," said CEO Allan Schrader. The new headset will cost about $1,100, up from $900 for its existing Zulu 2 ANR line. Continue reading "Lightspeed Unveils "Quietest" Headset"

Lightspeed Updates Zulu Headset

Today at Sun 'n Fun, Lightspeed Aviation announced a revised, updated Zulu headset that will begin shipping in June or July of this year. Improvements center on increased noise reduction through new ANR circuitry, new speakers and a revision to the physical frame to reduce clamping pressure by 15%. According to the company, the new Zulu's Dual Aperture Disc microphone provides better voice clarity.

As with the previous Zulu headset, the new one supports Bluetooth connectivity, can be configured for stereo or mono audio-in, and can be powered with batteries or used as a panel-mount that employs ship's power.

Price for all models is $900.

For more information, visit Lightspeed's website.

LightSPEED Aviation Announces Improvements to Zulu ANR Headset

A lot of buzz has surrounded LightSPEED Aviation's newest ANR headset, the Zulu, introduced at AirVenture 2007, with the first sets shipping in September 2007. Featuring Bluetooth connectivity between the headset and your cellphone, MP3 player or other compatible devices, LightSPEED has integrated current (and convenient) technology with the headset's aviation-specific features. It's drawn a natural comparison with Bose's Headset X; however, at $850, it's priced at about $150 less than the Bose.

We caught up with Allan Schrader, president of LightSPEED Aviation, at the LightSPEED booth (Hangar D) to talk about the headset's review featured in the April 2008 issue of sister publication Aviation Consumer. He told us the headsets that were reviewed were produced about 2000 sets prior to the headsets that are currently available. Schrader adds that two of the issues—music muting and noise gating—identified in that review had been brought to LightSPEED's attention in advance of the review, and were corrected in February.

Music muting is the process that brings the volume of the music down when there's an overriding signal such as an ATC call or in-cockpit conversation. Testers had observed that when the voice signal was weak, it would not mute the music sufficiently (for instance, if you're monitoring ATIS 30 miles out). The threshold was lowered to eliminate that issue; the music is now muted about 80%, so low you'd hardly notice it. After the voice signal has stopped, the Zulu will bring the music back up over 5 seconds. Schrader added that this feature is selectable so that a backseat passenger can rock out to Chris Daughtry's latest without the continual interruption from ATC.

Noise gating was added to the headset to mitigate the hiss produced by noisy intercoms, "basically a squelch for audio," explains Schrader. "Noise gating disconnects the audio plug from the intercom until such time as there's a signal on the audio line," such as an in-cockpit conversation or an ATC call. Again, the audio threshold was lowered to prevent a conflict between a weak signal and the headset's noise-gating capability. You can read Schrader's complete response to the April review in the May issue of Aviation Consumer, which will be available within a few weeks.

For more information, visit LightSPEED Aviation.