ProFlight Aviation Headset
OUR SMALLEST, LIGHTEST AND MOST COMFORTABLE NOISE CANCELLING AVIATION HEADSET EVER
OUR SMALLEST, LIGHTEST AND MOST COMFORTABLE NOISE CANCELLING AVIATION HEADSET EVER
Lightweight, in-ear active noise cancellation for long-term comfort over extended flights, with many new features designed specifically for airline and corporate aircraft flight decks.
Tap control for talk-through communication
Double tapping either earbud allows for optimized voice communication outside of the intercom.
Digital active noise cancellation
Significantly reduces ambient noise, allowing users to lower radio volume and hear what they need to hear. Three user-selectable modes of noise cancellation allow for user preference and aircraft noise environment.
Long term comfort over extended flights
Our smallest, lightest, most comfortable headset yet. 4.9 ounces on-head weight.
FAA TSO and EASA E/TSO-C139a certified
Compatible across multiple TSO certified avionics systems.
Bluetooth connectivity and audio prioritization
Connect wirelessly to mobile devices, audio systems and electronic flight bags. Audio prioritization allows users to mix Bluetooth audio with intercom audio, or have intercom transmissions temporarily mute Bluetooth.
Automatically shapes and equalizes the incoming signal for enhanced clarity and intelligibility.
Electret noise cancelling mic
Increases clarity and reduces background noise when transmitting.
The Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset is the industry’s smallest, quietest, and most comfortable active noise cancelling communication headset. With an on-head weight of 4.9 ounces, the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset is designed for long term comfort and is our most innovative headset yet. Engineered for pilots of moderately noisy pressurized turbine powered aircraft, it incorporates more than 30 US utility and design patents. The ProFlight Aviation Headset features three levels of user selectable active noise cancellation, a noise cancelling microphone for clearer outgoing transmissions, and full function Bluetooth® connectivity. The ProFlight Headset is FAA TSO and EASA E/TSO-C139a certified and is available with four different plug configurations.
The Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset is lightweight and comfortable, but is it durable? The Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset incorporates over 30 US design and utility patents, FAA TSO and EASA ETSO certification, materials that have a high strength to weight ratio and conformance to some Mil Spec standards.
The ProFlight is a technologically advanced, feature-rich aviation headset designed for professional pilots.
LONG TERM COMFORT
4.9 ounces on-head weight—our smallest, lightest, most comfortable headset yet.
ELECTRET NOISE CANCELLING MIC
Increases clarity and reduces background noise when transmitting, specifically for aircraft with "hot mic" or PTT systems.
USER-SELECTABLE ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION
Digital active noise cancellation reduces ambient noise, allowing users to lower radio volume and hear what they need to hear. Three user-selectable modes of noise reduction allow for variance in aircraft noise environment and user preference.
TAP CONTROL FOR TALK-THROUGH COMMUNICATION
Double tapping either earbud switches to talk-through hearing, optimizing audio for communication with those outside the intercom.
BLUETOOTH® CONNECTIVITY AND PRIORITIZATION
Wirelessly connect to mobile devices and electronic flight bags. Mix wired communication with Bluetooth audio, or have in-bound transmission temporarily mute Bluetooth audio.
FAA TSO AND EASA E/TSO-C139A CERTIFIED
Compatible across multiple TSO certified systems, including Honeywell, Becker, Garmin, PS Engineering and Rockwell Collins.
Shapes and equalizes incoming signals for enhanced clarity and intelligibility.
QUICK RELEASE SIDE-SWAPPABLE MIC AND DOWN-CABLE
Easily mount the boom mic and cable on either side. No tool required.
Only the new Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset features advanced Bose technology in an innovative new form factor, with features designed for lower noise environments and the unique needs of pilots who fly in airline flight decks and corporate jet aircraft. Now there's a Bose aviation headset that is right for you, whether you fly in a cockpit or on a flight deck.
PROFLIGHT AVIATION HEADSET
In-ear configuration for pilots of moderately noisy aircraft, such as pressurized jets
A20 AVIATION HEADSET
Around-ear configuration for higher noise environments
Pilots of moderately noisy aircraft, such as pressurized jets, will now experience the Bose clarity they expect, along with reliable, individualized performance and a new level of comfort for extended flights. The ProFlight is specifically designed with airline and professional pilots in mind.
The ProFlight features three modes of active noise cancellation and a unique feature called tap control for talk-through communication in a compact, banded, in-ear design. It’s decades of Bose research engineered into a form factor unlike any other aviation headset.
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Two AA alkaline batteries
• Bluetooth on: At least 25 hours
• Bluetooth off: Approximately 45+ hours
Aircraft power voltage range: 10 - 32 VDC
Average power consumption: 250mW
The ProFlight, our most advanced aviation headset ever, features a unique combination of benefits. Industry-leading active noise cancellation comes with a comfortable, stable fit, without compromising the clear audio and simple operation you expect from Bose.
The high level of comfort is engineered into the unique form factor—unlike any other headset’s—a highly stable, in-ear configuration without the usual intrusive deep-insert eartips.
Also, new with the ProFlight: three user selectable levels of active noise cancellation, a quick-release side-swappable down cable and mic, Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology, full function Bluetooth® connectivity and unique tap control. Talk-through tap control allows pilots to better communicate with those outside the intercom.
Two AA batteries power 45+ hours of use without Bluetooth and at least 25 hours with Bluetooth on. Aircraft powered variants are also available. Users switch seamlessly from battery power to aircraft power without compromising headset performance. All models feature auto-off, which powers down the headset automatically when not in use. Select models offer auto-on.
• Improved comfort for hours of use, achieved through choice of materials, distribution of weight, low clamping force and dedicated left and right earbuds—all without sacrificing stability
• Incredibly small and lightweight (4.9 oz / 139 g on-head)
• Electret noise cancelling microphone for clear transmissions
• Audio optimized with active equalization for enhanced communications with or without an intercom or hot mic system
• Three unique levels of user selectable acoustic noise cancelling providing users with a range of noise reduction to meet the needs in multiple scenarios
• Tap control for talk-through communication
• Bluetooth capable for wireless audio connections to EFB’s and mobile phones, with audio prioritization to mix or mute wireless audio with intercom transmissions
• Bypass communications mode provides primary ICS audio with or without power to the headset
• Built to latest ARINC standards and FAA TSO and EASA E/TSO-C139a certified
• Available with twin plug, 5-pin XLR, 7-pin XLR or 6-pin LEMO plug configurations
• Auto-off: All configurations of the ProFlight headset feature auto-off technology which powers down the headset when not in use and saves battery life
• Side swappable boom microphone and down cable, no tool required
• Durable and robust design made to endure the wear and tear of everyday use in tough environments
• Three-year limited warranty with acclaimed service
• Auto-on: Certain configurations of the ProFlight headset will turn on automatically when the avionics master switch is in the on position, using the ship’s power to operate
They are completely different headsets and have different fundamental architectures, although they share features like Bluetooth capability, selectable stereo/mono and auto-on/auto-off. The A20 features an around-ear design and is meant for noisier aircraft, such as non-pressurized single-engine models. The ProFlight features a headbanded, in-ear design and is meant for crewed aircraft, typically pressurized and less noisy, like most jets.
No. The Bose A20 Aviation Headset delivers significantly greater noise reduction compared to the ProFlight headset. However, the ProFlight is significantly smaller, lighter and is designed for quieter aircraft.
Customers can configure their Bose ProFlight Aviation Headsets in many different ways. In addition, customers have their choice of connector configurations with each module. Designed for use in both civilian and military aircraft, the ProFlight offers all of the most common plug configurations:
Dual G/A plug (PJ 068 and ¼ inch Stereo): With this option, the headset is connected to the aircraft’s intercom via a dual plug and is not powered by the aircraft. Two AA alkaline batteries provide a minimum of 45 hours of operation while flying. This configuration is the most common version purchased by pilots.
XLR 5 Pin: Often called the Airbus plug, this configuration is a mono connection to the aircraft and, depending on the installation, may be powered by the aircraft. When disconnected, the flexible power feature lets the headset switch seamlessly from aircraft power to battery power so users experience no interruption when the headset is plugged into or unplugged from a source of power.
XLR 7 Pin: The latest ARINC defined standard pin connection, which provides for binaural audio, aircraft power as well as separate grounded audio, microphone and EMI/EMF shields. Although not in wide use yet, it is being adopted by the airline industry as a new standard plug type.
6-pin connector wired to the aircraft (LEMO): With this option, the headset is connected to the aircraft via a six-pin connector and is powered directly from the aircraft. Two AA alkaline batteries can also provide pilots with a new level of flexibility. When disconnected, the flexible power feature switches the headset seamlessly from aircraft power to battery power so users experience no interruption when the headset is plugged into or unplugged from the aircraft.*
*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.
Yes. The side pads rest slightly behind and above the ear, which allows the user to put on and remove eyeglasses without touching the headset. You can wear any frames you want without affecting noise reduction or comfort.
Yes. The integrated boom mic and cable assembly can be attached to either the left or right side of the headset. The self-guiding connector makes it easy to attach the boom mic and cable assembly. The cable swaps easily in seconds and without tools.
Using two AA alkaline batteries, the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset will operate for at least 45 hours of flying in typical aircraft noise. With continuous operation of the Bluetooth function, battery life will be at least 25 hours. As always, battery life varies with the type of battery, the noise environment and features used. The headset’s battery life indicator light alerts the user when batteries should be replaced.
Rechargeable batteries are discouraged because your flying-time battery life will be reduced from the 45-hour life, depending on the type of battery chemistry used. Rechargeable batteries also alter the accuracy of the battery status indicator light, so that when the light changes to amber, you will have less than the usual eight hours of flying time remaining that you can expect with non-rechargeable AA alkaline batteries.
Lithium-ion batteries should not be used due to their typically higher voltage.
Headsets that can use aircraft power (6-pin, 7-pin and 5-pin XLR) will automatically turn on when the aircraft power is present. A configurable switch inside the control module can disable this feature based on user preference.
The automatic shutoff feature in your Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset detects when the headset is not in use and shuts it off after several minutes to preserve battery power. The exact time it takes to shut off varies and can range between 6 and 45 minutes of inactivity.
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 appliance 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.
Receiving a TSO authorization is not an approval to install and use the authorized article in the aircraft.
Yes. The Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset did not replace the A20. It is designed to meet the unique needs of pilots and crew who fly pressurized and crewed aircraft, which are typically less noisy.
The ProFlight does not have as much total noise reduction as the A20.
The Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset is our most advanced aviation headset yet.
Compared to the Bose A20 Aviation Headset, the ProFlight has:
• A new level of comfort achieved through choice of materials, redistribution of weight throughout the headset and a purposeful in-ear design
• Digital Active Noise Reduction with multiple modes of Active Noise Cancellation
• A microphone and down cable that are side swappable without tools
• Storage in a smaller carrying case
2015 A20 Aviation Headset added features:
Note: these features are not present in all versions.
• A2DP: streaming Bluetooth audio
• Auto-on (select models using aircraft power)
• High-performance microphone
• Coil cord option