Aviation Headsets Tested by Pilots for Pilots

Trusted advice from expert pilots to help you find the best headset.


Noise Cancelling Headsets

Noise Cancelling technology blocks out background sounds, like engine noises or turbulence

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Cheap Aviation Headsets

If your budget is limited there are plenty of good options for cheap headsets that are still reliable and will allow you to fly without any issues.

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In-ear Headsets

In ear headsets are great for pilots who want the best in terms of hearing but don't want to feel like they're being weighed down with bulky equipment.

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Hi, I'm James Hunter, Commercial pilot and flying instructor with over 20 years of experience in both fixed-wing airplanes and helicopters. I've flown many different types of airplanes and helicopters.

I am also an FAA Part 135 flight instructor which means that I instruct on complex aircraft systems such as autopilot systems (autothrottle) and advanced avionics displays to prepare pilots for their Commercial Pilots license.

Why a good flying headset is important

One of the more expensive investments that any pilot makes is their headset and it's important to know what you're investing in.

The best type of flying headset really depends on whether you prefer passive noise reduction or active noise cancellation technology combined with which environment you fly in most often - ground operations like teaching pilots how land safely by doing touch & goes, flights around mountains where engine roar can be.

How we test headsets

With over 20 years experience in the cockpit, I know what features of a headset you really want, and which ones you don't need. I've also personally used many of the headsets featured on this website.

I look for headsets with great sound quality and superior functionality for pilots in different situations- from noisy cockpits to high altitude flight over barren terrain where engine noise is minimal or nonexistent.