The Bluetooth option on the Bose A20 allows you to connect your A20 Headset to a cell phone for making or receiving phone calls (while on the ground or in an area served by cellular service). New in July 2015, the Bluetooth also allows you to stream music or audio from an MP3 player.
Both the Bluetooth model and the non-Bluetooth model also allow you to plug in your smartphone or MP3 player to via the 3.5mm headset jack and the cable is included.
So, the choice is up to you. If you want to be able to use your cell phone or listen to audio via wireless Bluetooth, get the Bose A20 Bluetooth version. If you are okay with connecting your phone via the 3.5mm headset adapter, go with the Bose A20 non-Bluetooth version.
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Yes, all Bose A20 headsets allow you to connect to your smartphone or MP3 player via a 3.5mm patch cable (included) or via Bluetooth on the Bluetooth model (new in July 2015!). It can also connect to other devices such as a GPS or traffic warning system. An Audio Priority switch on the A20 allows you to control if/when external audio will cutout during an ATC transmission. 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.
We are currently offering a headset trade-in program that allows you to trade in your current, working, headset towards the purchase of the Bose A20. We also offer quantity pricing if you are purchasing more than 4 units at a time. Contact us for details. We'll pay for the shipping and insurance on your new Bose A20 and we don't collect Sales Tax unless your order is shipped to Arizona.
We also offer a CFI Rebate for qualified Flight Instructors. You'll need to present a copy of your current CFI Certificate, a copy of the most current page in your logbook, and your MyPilotStore receipt for the Bose A20. You will then qualify for a rebate of $125 for the Bose A20 with Bluetooth or $100 on the Bose A20 without Bluetooth. You can request the CFI rebate on up to two (2) headsets, once every three (3) years.
For most of you, you'll want the Bose A20 (with or without Bluetooth) with the standard dual plugs found on almost all fixed wing civilian airplanes. These will work on everything from a Cessna 150 to a Boeing 777 and everything in between. The Fixed Wing Portable option is the best choice for people who rent airplanes. If you are flying helicopters, get the Helicopter Portable model with the standard single U-174/U plug. Bose A20 Dual Plugs Bose A20 Helicopter Plug U-174/U
The panel powered option means the headset has a 6-pin plug called Redel or LEMO instead of the standard dual plugs that you often see. Some people just refer to it as a "Bose style jack". The panel powered option uses the aircraft electrical system to power the Active Noise Reduction technology in the headset instead of getting power from AA batteries. If you are a renter, the panel power option is probably not the best choice for you since many of the planes that you rent will not have a Redel style jack to plug into. Of course you could always get a Bose A20 Panel Power to Fixed Wing Adapter and have both bases covered. Bose A20 Panel Power Redel / LEMO
Sure! Many newer aircraft are made with options for plugging in either a panel powered headset or a headset with dual plugs. For example, Cirrus SR20 and SR22's have both options. If you own an aircraft without a Redel jack, you can get our panel power install connector kit and have your local avionics shop install it in your aircraft.