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Indyjetav8er
08-02-2017, 10:46 AM
I will be commuting, Ok go.


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at6d
08-02-2017, 02:42 PM
I found the company issued headsets are just barely adequate. I used the same kind in a Citation, but I found the 737 to be much louder. I've since been using my 15 year old Bose X and keep the company set in my bag.

I've come across pilots using all kinds of Bose, DC, etc.

CA1900
08-02-2017, 02:51 PM
I love my Clarity Aloft. A little chunky to carry in its case, but very comfortable to fly with.


Indyjetav8er
08-02-2017, 02:55 PM
What about the uflymike. I called today and they are sched to be tso'd later this year


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RJSAviator76
08-02-2017, 05:11 PM
SWAPA has a deal with Bose for rebate of $125 for non-BT A20 and $150 for BT version. It's not tied to a merchant, so you can finance it through Amazon Prime interest-free for a year if you don't want to pay the full amount right away.

I got my rebate check just shy of 3 weeks after purchasing mine.

e6bpilot
08-02-2017, 07:02 PM
I have worn Bose headsets in a previous life on much longer legs in a similar noisy airplane.
The noise canceling can't be beat. You are in a cone of silence. The reason that I actually prefer the company provided headset at SWA is the Bose would give me a headache after about 2 hours. It is definitely a personal preference. If the clamp headset style doesn't bother you, it is absolutely worth it. I just can't get past the weight and pressure it puts on your head.

Burton78
08-02-2017, 07:37 PM
I have worn Bose headsets in a previous life on much longer legs in a similar noisy airplane.
The noise canceling can't be beat. You are in a cone of silence. The reason that I actually prefer the company provided headset at SWA is the Bose would give me a headache after about 2 hours. It is definitely a personal preference. If the clamp headset style doesn't bother you, it is absolutely worth it. I just can't get past the weight and pressure it puts on your head.



I'm assuming you're referring to the Bose X. I used those as well in a previous AF life and agree it would get uncomfortable after hours of flying. I'll just say the Bose A20s have never left me with that clamped feeling. They're expensive but the way I saw it was, I'll be on average using it 13+ days a month, so it's probably worth the investment. 3 years later, and I still have no regrets.

e6bpilot
08-02-2017, 07:42 PM
I'm assuming you're referring to the Bose X. I used those as well in a previous AF life and agree it would get uncomfortable after hours of flying. I'll just say the Bose A20s have never left me with that clamped feeling. They're expensive but the way I saw it was, I'll be on average using it 13+ days a month, so it's probably worth the investment. 3 years later, and I still have no regrets.



It was the A10. I know the 20 is a bit lighter. I agree that it is a quality piece of gear and Bose customer support is amazing. If I were to get another one, I would definitely buy from them.
I had my A10 refurbished and I swear it was a new one that they sent me. They offered a loaner in the meantime. Great quality, great people.
My headaches started with the old style D.C. Headset and I was hoping the Bose would cure it. It was marginally better, but I still couldn't quite get rid of it. It doesn't help that my head is a melon on a toothpick.

Burton78
08-02-2017, 09:14 PM
It was the A10. I know the 20 is a bit lighter. I agree that it is a quality piece of gear and Bose customer support is amazing. If I were to get another one, I would definitely buy from them.
I had my A10 refurbished and I swear it was a new one that they sent me. They offered a loaner in the meantime. Great quality, great people.
My headaches started with the old style D.C. Headset and I was hoping the Bose would cure it. It was marginally better, but I still couldn't quite get rid of it. It doesn't help that my head is a melon on a toothpick.



Ha. Yeah. I guess I have a bit of a pin head as I've never had a problem with A20s. Despite my somewhat narrow skull, the old school David Clarks, even with the "comfort kit" still felt like my head was in a vice after a few hours . Some people seem to like the new DC pro X's though. To the OP's question, Headsets are so highly subjective, no-one can really pick for you. Just dive in and see which one suits you the best. The most common that I've seen on the line, along with the company issued Telex, are the Bose A20s, DC Pro X (both have the Bluetooth feature) and a handful of Clarity Aloft.

TerrainTerrain
08-03-2017, 04:12 AM
I thought uflymike was ok now at swa? Heard you got rid of the TSO deal? true?

Smooth at FL450
08-03-2017, 06:24 AM
I thought uflymike was ok now at swa? Heard you got rid of the TSO deal? true?

I believe the reason the uflymikes are OK now is because they can be TSO'd. But yes, several of us use them.

Indyjetav8er
08-03-2017, 08:13 AM
I believe the reason the uflymikes are OK now is because they can be TSO'd. But yes, several of us use them.



I called uflymike yesterday and they anticipate the Tso cert for the qc25 later this year. Can you use the qc15 non tso version


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TerrainTerrain
08-03-2017, 10:03 AM
I called uflymike yesterday and they anticipate the Tso cert for the qc25 later this year. Can you use the qc15 non tso version


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From what i know you do not need a tso headset unless its in your SOP and I only know of one carrier (cargo) that requires that. I could be wrong, im wrong 50% of the time.

e6bpilot
08-03-2017, 10:16 AM
From what i know you do not need a tso headset unless its in your SOP and I only know of one carrier (cargo) that requires that. I could be wrong, im wrong 50% of the time.



There's history behind the TSO thing at SWA. I'll just leave it at that.

hoover
08-03-2017, 02:02 PM
I called uflymike yesterday and they anticipate the Tso cert for the qc25 later this year. Can you use the qc15 non tso version


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I thought the harmony mike was TSOd?

gipple
08-03-2017, 02:02 PM
I use the ufly/QC15 set up. works great. Sweet for riding in the back without carrying another music rig. I have a brand new in the box QC15 For the day the original craps out. The ear cushions last about two years, but are cheap and simple to replace. There is plenty of notice when the battery is running down. It has never failed, unlike the call center Telex the company provided. (cough cough kick back) Lithium battery life is about six weeks.

CODs4ever
08-07-2017, 05:07 AM
Are the company-issued the Telex 850 with ANR? I used the QC-25 with Harmony at my old job.

Sqwk7700
08-09-2017, 04:43 PM
I thought the harmony mike was TSOd?



Not yet... I contacted them the other day and was told they don't know when it'll be done. I'm on the fence, just about ready to sell it and just get the A20. Wish I would've kept my older uflymike.

Stitches
08-10-2017, 04:46 AM
For a commuter, the qc15/25 & UFM is the way to go. Works great upfront, pull the mike out and watch movies on your iPad or just sleep when commuting/DH in the back.

Some guys love the A20's, others say they're too heavy and squeeze your head. They are slightly quieter than the qc/UFM setup but I didn't think it was $500 better.

TerrainTerrain
08-10-2017, 03:39 PM
So officially the new Uflymike harmony is not allowed at SWA? I know there was some type of battle over Uflymike there years ago, just wondering what is the scoop now? Thanks!

CA1900
08-11-2017, 05:05 PM
So officially the new Uflymike harmony is not allowed at SWA? I know there was some type of battle over Uflymike there years ago, just wondering what is the scoop now? Thanks!

Southwest requires a headset that's TSO'd, and the Harmony isn't yet.

ZapBrannigan
08-11-2017, 06:07 PM
Stupid TSO rules. Or I'd be using my QT Halo.


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mainlineAF
08-11-2017, 06:38 PM
Stupid TSO rules. Or I'd be using my QT Halo.


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If you guys have company headsets on the plane just use whatever headset you want then if a management/FAA type wants to ride along just use the ship set.

CODs4ever
08-13-2017, 06:12 AM
If you guys have company headsets on the plane just use whatever headset you want then if a management/FAA type wants to ride along just use the ship set.

Exactly. Carry the telex and use what you want. The telex hardly takes up any space as a backup.

TheRealQuixote
09-25-2017, 02:54 AM
Stupid TSO rules. Or I'd be using my QT Halo.


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Iím planning on using my halo (keep 850 in bag). Do people really get caught up on TSO?

flyguy81
09-25-2017, 04:13 AM
Iím planning on using my halo (keep 850 in bag). Do people really get caught up on TSO?

Some do. Mine was pre-TSO. All the writing is gone off the volume box. If anyone asks...it's TSO.

ZapBrannigan
09-25-2017, 08:54 AM
Iím planning on using my halo (keep 850 in bag). Do people really get caught up on TSO?


I have a HALO for my backup pair for when my Clarity Aloft need repairs -- to often. Need to send the Halo back to have the microphone gain turned down though. Way too much background noise when I have my intercom on.


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gipple
09-26-2017, 02:26 PM
Industry leading 1950s cockpit and headsets.

FlightOfSeven
09-26-2017, 05:49 PM
What type of plug is required, twin plug, single plug, 6 pin Lemo?

Bobby
09-26-2017, 11:25 PM
What type of plug is required, twin plug, single plug, 6 pin Lemo?



Twin plug.


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FlightOfSeven
09-28-2017, 06:09 PM
Thanks!!!!

Patrickc
10-06-2017, 02:24 AM
I have the light speed Zulu 3 headset and its super comfy. The ANR is superb on it as well as the Bluetooth if youíre going to use it for GA flying too.

Skyward
10-06-2017, 02:43 PM
What headset does the company issue?

CA1900
10-06-2017, 11:24 PM
What headset does the company issue?

Telex 850. They're so-so; if you get them in just the right spot, they'll do an adequate job of canceling the wind noise. I find any on-the-ear headset to be painful, so I don't use them, but they're standard issue. I use a Clarity Aloft and am very happy with it.

RJSAviator76
10-07-2017, 08:51 AM
I have the light speed Zulu 3 headset and its super comfy. The ANR is superb on it as well as the Bluetooth if youíre going to use it for GA flying too.


Careful. Zulu 3 isnít TSOíd which is a requirement.

Taco Cat
10-07-2017, 02:23 PM
Funny.... Professional Pilot pays $100+ for sunglasses, earbuds, hair mouse (a year)... $300 for Luggage Works rollaboard to protect their underwear.... but scrimping on head clamps....
DC's are too heavy (to pack or if the company offered for extended wear)
I've owned and worn a variety of Telex... MEH... Stop trying to beat the system with non-TSO'd applications...
Hands down, Bose A20!
What's your hearing worth?

Twinjetav8r
10-09-2017, 03:56 AM
Funny.... Professional Pilot pays $100+ for sunglasses, earbuds, hair mouse (a year)... $300 for Luggage Works rollaboard to protect their underwear.... but scrimping on head clamps....

DC's are too heavy (to pack or if the company offered for extended wear)

I've owned and worn a variety of Telex... MEH... Stop trying to beat the system with non-TSO'd applications...

Hands down, Bose A20!

What's your hearing worth?



What did you say??[emoji16]


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Sluggo_63
11-06-2017, 11:35 PM
Not TSO'd yet, but another entry into the aviation microphone market.

https://nflightmic.com/

Anybody use this/seen one used?

TexasFlight
11-07-2017, 04:42 AM
The fact that the Telex 850 is TSO'd and the new Uflymike isnt, is laughable. Lot of ways to skin the cat with headsets but I agree with what was alluded to above, it is money worth spending.After trying in-ear and on-ear headsets, I personally prefer over-the-ear. Especially in a loud airplane like the 73.

Fuseplug
11-07-2017, 04:53 AM
Not TSO'd yet, but another entry into the aviation microphone market.

https://nflightmic.com/

Anybody use this/seen one used?

Will it work with my Beatz by Dre?

ZapBrannigan
11-07-2017, 08:02 AM
Hey has anyone had any problems with Quiet Technologies servicing the headset? I corresponded with Phil via email about a microphone issue and a speaker cutting out. He said send it in. I sent it via FedEx so I know he received it.

Iíve tried several times to email him to check on the status or at least find out if he has it in his possession and he is working on it. No response whatsoever.

Now Iím concerned that I might not see the headset again and wondering what legal avenue I might be forced to take in order to recoup my investment? Looking for others who might have had similar experiences.


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TiredSoul
11-07-2017, 09:06 AM
Precious few reviews online for nflightmike but Iím interested also.
Especially since the UFlyMike has a 12 week back order.

WHACKMASTER
11-07-2017, 11:03 AM
Hey has anyone had any problems with Quiet Technologies servicing the headset? I corresponded with Phil via email about a microphone issue and a speaker cutting out. He said send it in. I sent it via FedEx so I know he received it.

Iíve tried several times to email him to check on the status or at least find out if he has it in his possession and he is working on it. No response whatsoever.

Now Iím concerned that I might not see the headset again and wondering what legal avenue I might be forced to take in order to recoup my investment? Looking for others who might have had similar experiences.


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Wow. Thatís nuts. Maybe he doesnít work there anymore? Perhaps try getting a hold of someone at the general company email or phone #?

ZapBrannigan
11-07-2017, 12:54 PM
Wow. Thatís nuts. Maybe he doesnít work there anymore? Perhaps try getting a hold of someone at the general company email or phone #?


I got ahold of him via phone. He acted really put out about me checking on the status of the repair, but supposedly it was shipped yesterday so hopefully Iíll have it soon.


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CaptYoda
11-07-2017, 04:29 PM
A good friend of mine at a legacy flies the B737NG and loves the Clarity Aloft (TSO version). He was previously a Bose and David Clark guy for decades.The comfort is unbeatable and worth the trade-off (ANR) in his opinion.

flyguy81
11-08-2017, 07:53 AM
A good friend of mine at a legacy flies the B737NG and loves the Clarity Aloft (TSO version). He was previously a Bose and David Clark guy for decades.The comfort is unbeatable and worth the trade-off (ANR) in his opinion.

Iíve used clarity aloft for 10 yrs. Started on the EMB-145 which was really loud above 280 kts. Then to the ERJ-170 which was pretty quiet. Now the 737 which is probably in between the two. Had to send them in last month for repair and use clam shell for a couple trips and Iím glad I have my headset back. Donít know how people use those over the ear sets for years on long days. They kill my head. After a 8+ hr day I donít even notice the clarityís.

ZapBrannigan
11-08-2017, 10:08 AM
Iíve used clarity aloft for 10 yrs. Started on the EMB-145 which was really loud above 280 kts. Then to the ERJ-170 which was pretty quiet. Now the 737 which is probably in between the two. Had to send them in last month for repair and use clam shell for a couple trips and Iím glad I have my headset back. Donít know how people use those over the ear sets for years on long days. They kill my head. After a 8+ hr day I donít even notice the clarityís.


Same. The Clarity breaks about once a year though. Iím a power user. 750+ hours a year. The speakers just short out after a while. I also hate when the earpiece comes off in my ear (once every six months or so). Embarrassing trying to dig it out. [emoji51]


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flyguy81
11-08-2017, 06:13 PM
Same. The Clarity breaks about once a year though. Iím a power user. 750+ hours a year. The speakers just short out after a while. I also hate when the earpiece comes off in my ear (once every six months or so). Embarrassing trying to dig it out. [emoji51]


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Huh....I usually fly 8-900/yr and this year was the first time since I've ever had to send them in for repair. Maybe you got a lemon.

Smokey23
11-09-2017, 06:33 AM
Wow, Zap are you still using the original Pro model or the newer Pro Plus? I found the older model definitely had earpiece issues, but the newer Pro Plus seems a lot more rugged.

ZapBrannigan
11-09-2017, 07:46 AM
No Iím on the original pro. They say theyíll give me $150 discount to buy the pro plus. Worth it?


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Smokey23
11-09-2017, 10:04 AM
Yeah, I could have been a whole lot more impressed with CA's trade-in allowance. :rolleyes: So I've just kept the Pro as a backup. To me, the best improvements with the Pro Plus are it's durability, and vastly superior microphone. I always felt the mic 'sweet spot' on the Pro was too tiny and it had to be positioned just so, or it would affect my transmissions. The increased ruggedness of the Pro Plus makes it ever so slightly less comfortable than the Pro, but still perfectly suited for a transcon. Your melon may vary...