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Lightspeed Aviation introduces pair of new products

March 7, 2017  By Lightspeed Aviation

Lightspeed Aviation has announced the launch of a pair of new products sure to spark the interest of helicopter pilots: Lightspeed active noise reduction (ANR) for helmets and the new Zulu 3 aviation headset.

Lightspeed ANR for helmets
For the first time, rotorcraft pilots can experience Lightspeed ANR in a helmet. Available at certified Lightspeed ANR installers, the installation gives pilots the same noise cancellation, audio fidelity, and full Bluetooth connectivity (phone, music, and audio alerts from aviation apps), that un-helmeted pilots have been experiencing for years. Additionally, the Lightspeed solution provides a quick disconnect, rugged Kevlar cables, and is backed by a full 3-year warranty.

Although other ANR headset brands have been adapted for use in helmets, Lightspeed is the first premium ANR brand to engineer a solution specifically for aviation helmets. The installation can be retrofitted to existing helmets or added to new purchases.

“For the first time, helmet wearers can experience the same remarkable Lightspeed ANR and audio performance and advanced features that pilots around the world have been enjoying for years,” said Teresa De Mers, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Lightspeed Aviation. “With the security of knowing that Lightspeed will stand behind its product.”

Lightspeed ANR is available in all of the popular connectors and microphone impedances. Check with certified installers for pricing.


Zulu 3 ANR headset
Zulu 3 builds on the performance and features that made the original Zulu and Zulu.2 popular choices for rotorcraft pilots worldwide, but adds a number of enhancements that result in increased comfort and durability:

  • New contoured ear seals are designed to hug the curve of the jaw, for a more natural fit that increases comfort and stability
  • New cables built around a Kevlar core are stronger and more flexible than standard cables, while weighing less. These are the same cables that have proven themselves on Lightspeed’s PFX and Tango.
  • Zulu 3 is backed by 7-year warranty, two years more protection than offered on other premium headsets.

Zulu 3 retains the features that have made the previous Zulu models attractive to helicopter pilots, including full Bluetooth (phone, music, and audio alerts from aviation apps), the durability and longevity of nearly 100% stainless steel and magnesium construction, user-adjustable mic gain, and ear seals that, according to Lightspeed, deliver more comfort than their nearest competitor by offering 50% more space inside the cup and 20% more surface area.

“We’ve taken an iconic product that is trusted by a large cross section of pilots around the world and made it even better,” said De Mers. “Zulu 3 is the most comfortable, most durable headset Lightspeed has ever made.”

Zulu 3 is available with Dual GA, LEMO (panel powered), and U-174 (Heli) connectors and sells for $850 USD.


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