A20® Aviation Headset


For a limited time


Plug in. Turn on. Go flying.

The A20 Aviation Headset is engineered to be more comfortable and provide more noise reduction than any headset we’ve ever made, while still delivering the clear audio you expect from Bose. And now there are more features than ever, including: a Bluetooth audio and communications interface; customizable audio prioritization control; intuitive “plug-and-play” operation; a high-performance microphone and an optional coil cord. And at just 12 ounces, it’s still one of the lightest active noise cancelling headsets out there. No other headset offers this unique combination of features and benefits.

  • 30% greater active noise reduction than conventional aviation headsets
  • 30% less clamping force than conventional aviation headsets
  • Clear audio with active equalization
  • Bluetooth audio and communications interface for connectivity with your communications and navigation devices*
  • Customizable audio prioritization control lets you mute an audio signal when receiving a communication, or mix the two together
  • Simple, intuitive headset operation—plug it in, turn it on, go flying


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Enjoy a peaceful, comfortable flight

The A20 headset gives you 30% greater noise reduction than conventional aviation headsets, so you’ll enjoy a peaceful flight from short stops to long hauls. And at just 12 ounces, with sheepskin cushions and minimal clamping force, it's one of the lightest and most comfortable aviation headsets you’ll find. All designed to let you focus on what matters—flying.

Clear audio for music and communication

Bose Active EQ keeps the audio clear and distinct, whether you’re listening to music or an important communication.

Simple, intuitive operation

Plug-and-play convenience means the headset is ready to fly when you are—no need to press a lot of buttons first just to activate it.

Enhance your experience

The ergonomic control module includes an auxiliary audio input with Intercom/AUX priority switching, ideal for dedicated GPS and traffic warning systems. It also features a customizable audio prioritization control with “mute” and “mix” settings, and flexible power circuitry with auto-on that switches to and from battery power and aircraft power. Select models also include Bluetooth connectivity for taking calls or listening to music.

For all types of aircraft

The A20 Aviation Headset is available in dual plug, 6-pin plug and U174 plug models and a variety of configurations designed for use in all types of general aviation aircraft, including helicopters.

* Features available in certain variants of the headset.

More features

  • Coil cord down-cable now available in select configurations
  • Certified to FAA TSO-C139 and EASA ETSO-C139
  • Adjustable powered microphone can be connected to either earcup and set in a range of stable positions for optimal communications
  • Smart shutoff helps provide at least 45 hours of use from just two AA alkaline batteries
  • Five-year transferable limited warranty covers parts, labor and second-day return shipping expenses for non-abuse malfunctions



  • A20® Aviation Headset:8.4" H x 6.3" W x 3.2" D (12 oz)

In the box

  • A20® Aviation Headset
  • In-line clothing clip
  • Control module
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Aux-in cable adapter
  • Carrying case
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bose a20 Headset I've been using the Bose a20 headset now for 2 weeks and have been very satisfied with it. The noise cancelling is excellent. A huge difference from my DC's I had been using. Very pleased with the Bluetooth feature as well. Only down side of the product is when you put them back in the little bag they come with, you just kind of shove the chord in with the headset.
Date published: 2016-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound I bought the A20's hoping that they would be at least as good as the QC25's at cancelling the sound of the 172 I am learning in. They are even better at it. They sound great and work with every bluetooth device I have. I have been using them at the office too for calls with customers too. Only downside is that Bose does not make a cable or adapter to use directly into a computer. Would be nice for flight sims.
Date published: 2016-08-26
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Accessories FAQs


What makes the A20 Aviation Headset different from other products on the market?

The A20 headset offers an unmatched combination of clear audio, noise reduction and comfort, combined with advanced features pilots value, such as Bluetooth audio streaming, customizable audio prioritization, auto-on (select models) and smart shutoff. In addition, Bose has significant experience engineering mission-critical communication headsets used in a variety of applications, including unique headsets for military air and ground operations, the NFL and consumers worldwide. Bose was the first company to introduce commercially available, active noise reduction headsets to the market and has over 25 years of experience providing headsets for critical communications globally, with 16 service centers worldwide.

Can I listen to music or other audio wirelessly via Bluetooth?

Yes, the Bluetooth music experience is the best way to listen to music wirelessly and provides Bose quality sound. You can also stream warnings and alerts from your favorite apps. In addition, the A20 headset also has other Bluetooth profiles, including hands-free calling and multi-point, which allows you to connect to more than one wireless device simultaneously.

Do I need to do anything to optimize the performance of my headset?

No. The headset constantly adjusts to the noise environment and automatically optimizes the performance it delivers.

Why is TSO important?

A Technical Standard Order (TSO) is a minimum performance standard for specified materials, parts and appliances used on civil aircraft. When a company is authorized to manufacture a material, part or appliances to a TSO standard, this is referred to as TSO authorization. When a company receives a TSO authorization, it is assured that the product meets these minimums in both design and production. Bose Corporation meets all and exceeds many TSO requirements.

Can I comfortably wear eyeglasses and hats with the A20 headset without impacting the headset’s performance?

Yes. The earcups’ supple leather-covered foam cushions are designed to provide an effective acoustic seal even over glasses. You should be able to wear your glasses comfortably without significantly diminishing the headset’s noise reduction benefits. There is no need to calibrate or recalibrate the headset to maintain optimal performance. The headset adjusts automatically.

Does the A20 headset have auto-on or auto-off capability?

Yes, the aircraft powered version of the A20 headset has both auto-on and auto-off capability, so when the avionics have been turned on, the headset will turn on automatically once aircraft power is detected. Battery-powered versions of the headset have auto-off, but require that you press the power button to turn on the headset.

Can I convert my 6-pin plug headset?

Adapters are available from Bose to convert a 6-pin connector to either a dual G/A plug or a U174 for additional connection flexibility.

Can I switch the boom microphone from the left side to the right side?

Yes. The boom mic can easily be swapped from the left to right side (or vice versa) by unscrewing two screws and repositioning the mic onto the desired earcup.

Are original Aviation Headset X® accessories compatible with the Bose A20 headset?

Not really. While these cushions and parts may be forced onto the A20 Aviation Headset, they have not been designed or implemented for this product.




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