|Sennheiser launched its S1 NoiseGard headset Tuesday.
By Marino Boric, European Correspondent
July 31, 2013 - With roaring engines and loud wind noise, a pilot's hearing is constantly exposed to high decibels - not only true in the aircraft plane but even during the Sennheiser press conference held here on Tuesday where the company introduced its new S1 NoiseGard headset.
Along with its usual level of speech intelligibility, the new active noise-canceling headset offers superior comfort and a stylish design. Together with the S1 Passive and the top-of-the-line S1 Digital, this headset completes the family of S1 headsets specifically designed for general aviation.
The S1 NoiseGard has passive attenuation and features analogue Sennheiser NoiseGard active noise-canceling technology. Tiny microphones inside the ear cups pick up the remaining background sounds - primarily low-frequency like engine noise - which the passive attenuation does not sufficiently address. The NoiseGard electronic circuitry then generates "anti-noise" that virtually cancels it out.
"A noise-canceling pilot's headset is an important health and safety factor," stressed JÃ¶rg Buchberger, Sennheiser's aviation business segment manager. "In addition, we have equipped the headset with peak level protection, a feature that protects the pilot's hearing against extreme volume peaks during radio communication."
The S1 NoiseGard offers excellent music performance with a frequency response of 20 to 18,000 Hz. The audio source is simply connected to the headset via the control unit, and a mobile phone can also be connected. The S1 NoiseGard automatically mutes both music and mobile phone calls as soon as any radio signal is received.
Design, developed in cooperation with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, includes three-stage individually adjustable contact pressure and ear cushions with a soft, flexible zone to accommodate the temple arms of (sun) glasses.
The entire family of S1 general aviation headsets is made in Germany and come with a five-year guarantee. The S1 NoiseGard is available at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 for $795. Visit Sennheiser at Exhibit 288 or at www.Sennheiser-Aviation.com.
Tuesday also included a sneak peak at iFlightPlanner.com for iPad 2.0, developed with Sennheiser. Featuring cloud-based synchronization with iFlightPlanner.com and mobile.iFlightPlanner.com, it features:
In-app route planning
- Certified weather briefs
- Integrated weight and balance calculator
- VFR, IFR, and IFR ICAO flight plan filing
- Intelligent cockpit voice recorder
- Electronic pilot logbook
Premium memberships retail for $9.95 per month, $24.95 per quarter, and $89.95 per year at iFlightPlanner.com/join.
OpenAirplane also announced a new offer with Sennheiser that offers use of S1 Digital and S1 NoiseGuard headsets with rental airplanes.
"We're excited to be working with Sennheiser to offer pilots a great perk when they rent with OpenAirplane," said Rod Rakic, co-founder.
With headsets available, pilots will be able to skip packing their own headset when they travel. For more information visit www.OpenAirplane.com.
In addition, Sennheiser committed major support to the year-old EAA Eagle Flights program, and Jeff Skiles, EAA's vice president of communities and member programs, appeared.
Eagle Flights introduces flight to adults who have always been interested in learning to fly, but don't how or where to take that first step. It's also a mentoring program for would-be pilots.
The initiative uses the knowledge and support of nearly 1,000 EAA chapters to promote aviation and welcome new enthusiasts in local communities.