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michaels214User is Offline
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09/14/2012 4:11 PM  
I know questions like this probably get asked a million times..And I do research online before I post threads on forums - but unfortunately could only find a handful of user reviews on a couple online stores.

Im starting a year long professional pilot program in october and Ive been doing a lot of research into what kind of headset to get. After reading for days on end I came to the conclusion that the bose x and zulu 2 might not be the best application for me - and that david clark might be the way to go.

So I found a pretty awesome deal on the H10-13H model, and from what I read it is a great headset for the r22 and r44 - which is what ill be flying in my entire training for a year. Even after training I have my mind set to stay on with the school as an instructor so I would still be using the r22 and r44.

Anybody use these? Any comments, positive and negative, would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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09/19/2012 12:54 PM  
I'm glad you asked because there are so many student pilots that go out and spend thousands of dollars on equipment they don't need when they could put that money toward their training instead. Congrats on that.

Now to the headsets. Like most long timers (notice I didn't say OLD timers to not offend some here, lol) I've owned and used almost everything from helmets, ANR, CPwhatevers, regular David Clark, Lightspeed, Bose, Cheapo's, etc...you get the point. I currently own at least 3 helmets, 2 David Clarks, 2 Lightspeeds, all that I've acquired over the years. I also owned and flew an R-22 Mariner for many years so I know where you you're coming from.

The Lightspeeds have been right up there at the top including my favorite the MACH1 (don't know if they still make them) for quieter turbine operations. For smaller helicopters like the R22, 44, 300, etc. it also works very good but doesn't afford the noise reduction you should have to save your hearing for the future.

For that reason I'd say if you're looking for a headset that will work great every time and in practically any helicopter, get a David Clark. I used a new BOSE in an EC120 for a few months this year, so it was their latest version, and it really didn't seem to be worth the money. I went back to my MACH1 and the David Clarks.

Hope it helps.

Self discipline is when you do something that you know is right even though you don't want to do it. As a professional and safe pilot you have to maintain control over your desires & emotions. Have INTEGRITY and great WORK ETHIC and you'll succeed in life.
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09/19/2012 5:40 PM  
I believe the best headsets that students should wear are the ones that are provided by the school for free (if you happen to be at one of those schools), that way you can try others out while still figuring out what you really want from a headset, plus its one less thing to try and get rid of if things don't work out.

If you do have to buy one, the DC's are great! I would recomend though, that you find the one with the highest NRR in your price range, plus wear earplugs underneath for added protection.

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09/21/2012 5:31 PM  
Mauna Loa has David Clark headsets for you to use; well, the Oahu Campus does. I assume Kona has the same. They are ok but I did not care much for them. They did not knock down the noise much and the sound quality wasn't what I expected. I started my PPL at Georges and will be joining you at Mauna Loa probably January of February. My current instructor has a spare Lightspeed that he has been letting me use. It fits a little better and the sound quality is better than the David Clark even with the noise canceling turned off. I am just not too fond of the price. Good luck and safe flying, I will see you in a few months bro.
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09/22/2012 2:57 PM  
Posted By NavyDoc34 on 09/21/2012 5:31 PM
Mauna Loa has David Clark headsets for you to use; well, the Oahu Campus does. I assume Kona has the same. They are ok but I did not care much for them. They did not knock down the noise much and the sound quality wasn't what I expected. I started my PPL at Georges and will be joining you at Mauna Loa probably January of February. My current instructor has a spare Lightspeed that he has been letting me use. It fits a little better and the sound quality is better than the David Clark even with the noise canceling turned off. I am just not too fond of the price. Good luck and safe flying, I will see you in a few months bro.


One problem with loaner headsets is that they're usually pretty old. If they don't sound that great they could just need new ear cups? I'm surprised that your Lightspeed sounds better with the noise cancelling turned off than the DCs you've used! My Lightspeed sounds like crap with it turned off! My old DC is a thousand times better, passively!
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09/24/2012 1:26 PM  
Thanks for the replies guys.

The issue with using the loaners from the school is, like raven said, they are pretty beat up. I used one for my intro flight and it did get the job done, but yea they were trashed. Another thing is the Big Island of Hawaii is not the best place for buying these things! Sure I can test other peoples and order online, which im not opposed to at all - But since Im in Seattle then LA for vacation I was going to go to the aviation store in Seattle to try a bunch on, then go find a deal on a slightly used set or even new at the right store.

Im really liking the reviews ive read on the david clarks..I guess the h10-13h is just the 13.4 model, but with the plug for helicopters. I might just end up with those cause the reviews are so good - I just want to try them on and see how my head handles them. I also figure that if they fit me well and work well, I can go 2 years with a $200 investment..Hell I could even go 1 year and feel like I got my moneys worth. By that time im willing to shop around for something that I can use for 10 years after that.

Thanks again!
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