Sennheiser announced its new HMEC 26-2 active-noise-canceling pilot’s headset this week at EBACE. An upgrade from the HMEC 26, its new NoiseGard headset features improved wearing comfort, optimum protection against handling noise and a higher sound pressure level. The headband has been lengthened overall and the end pieces have been designed with a different angle to ensure that the headset sits more comfortably and with more evenly distributed contact pressure, the company said. It also has wider and softer cushions.
Jupiter Avionics introduced its wi-Jac wireless headset/intercom adapter at the AEA show. The $995 wi-Jac system consists of two adapters, one that plugs into the aircraft’s headset jack and another that the headset plugs into. No installation is required, and the wi-Jac system not only eliminates tangled wires in the cockpit but also allows crewmembers to exit the aircraft and remain in communication with each other, instead of unplugging the headset and using a handheld radio.
Eurocopter unveiled an upgraded version of its EC135 helicopter yesterday at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. The new light twin-engine EC135T3/P3 offers several improvements over the current EC135T2i/P2i, including optimized Fadec software, longer rotor blades and a change in the location of the air intake.
Flight Display Systems (Booth No. 1911) is employing a mad scientists theme here at its NBAA exhibit, both to celebrate Halloween this week and to highlight the company’s new product development lab at its Alpharetta, Ga. headquarters. Some of the company’s new products featured at its booth include the See3 facial recognition system, 3-D moving map, new Blu-ray player and HD cockpit camera.
Southwest Airlines says it will be the first major airline to widely use a wireless, ground-support communications system to improve safety and operational efficiency during pushback operations. The airline plans to deploy the Flightcom pushback system for commercial aviation at 425 gates at 73 airports in the U.S. by the first quarter of 2012.
Embraer has selected Sennheiser to provide its HMEC 26 active noise-reduction headsets for the Phenom 100 and 300, Lineage 1000 and E170 through E195 airliners.
Thrane & Thrane recently introduced its Aviator wireless handset, a device designed to work with the Danish satcom specialist’s Aviator SwiftBroadband system. The pairing allows users to receive in-flight calls, so pilots can contact the ground and passengers can make personal and business calls.
At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Rockwell Collins welcomed visitors to its pleasantly air-conditioned pavilion to share new technologies that are coming soon to cabin-class cockpits, including a touchscreen interface for the Pro Line Fusion avionics suite. Rockwell Collins tested the touchscreen concept extensively with focus groups, with the goal of providing a way for pilots to keep their eyes forward instead of buried in a center console when manipulating avionics. The Rockwell Collins touchscreen PFD and MFD Pro Line Fusion system is targeted at a wide sector of the market, from single-engine turboprops and light jets to Part 25 jets.
Sennheiser raised the stakes in the high-end, active-noise-reduction (ANR) headset game with the release of the S1 Digital at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis. this week. Regular price for the S1 is $995 for the rest of this year, then $1,095. In August, Sennheiser will offer an optional XLR 3 power adapter and a 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter (including an extra female adapter) for the S1.
Lightspeed Aviation unveiled its next-generation Zulu headset last month at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In. The new Zulu introduces several features, including “Microport Vent” technology that provides greater active-noise-canceling consistency, better fit and an improved microphone that adds more voice clarity and improved noise-canceling capability.