Responding to overwhelming customer demand for ANR for aviation helmets, Lightspeed enlisted the help of pilots and experts, and created a purpose-built ANR system specifically for aviation helmets, focused on the comfort and features requested most by the pilots we surveyed. In 2016 the first Zulu H-Mod systems debuted followed by the LSA56 system developed specifically for the HGU-56/P helmet.. The following is a list of the top six criteria we found important, and things to look for when you are considering your next helmet communication installation.
Active Noise Reduction (ANR)
A breakthrough technology that is particularly helpful in reducing fatigue, noise induced hearing loss, and improving communications, ANR is a must for today’s aviators. Lightspeed has been producing ANR headset systems in aviation (piston and turbine environments) since 1996, and now a mature technology, it has proven to be a factor in safer, more comfortable flying.
There was a temptation to install a “deconstructed” headset into a helmet before the Zulu H-Mod was released. This creates a series of problems including poor fit and comfort, non-optimized ANR, and an abandonment of the manufacturer’s warranty. Lightspeed ANR for helmet systems were designed for this specific application.
Getting the installation just right is a key to ensuring the system has the performance and longevity you expect. Lightspeed has hand-picked a global team of skilled technicians and helmet experts and certified them to install and service the systems we sell.
In its early days, Bluetooth may have been viewed as a frivolous feature that pilots in a busy environment would not use. Today, however, it is a vital way to receive alerts from navigation apps and provide an excellent back communication source.
One of the most important features unique to the helmet application is the need for an emergency egress. Lightspeed engineers developed an integrated “quick disconnect” that will automatically break free ensuring that you and your helmet exit the aircraft with no noticeable drag from the connection to the panel.
A deconstructed headset from any brand installed into a helmet has voided the warranty. The installer may or may not offer a supplemental warranty but recognize that if it is not backed by the manufacturer, you may have no warranty at all.
To learn more about Lightspeed’s ANR for helmets, go to LightspeedAviation.com/helmets.