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Pilot USA PA 17-79T ANR Headset

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Solid Peformance

  • By A Customer from Tucson, AZ on Sunday, August 14, 2016
  • Pros: No battery box--Good passive and active ANR- Clear audio
  • Cons: Slightly heavier - No bluetooth
  • Review: I've been flying with this headset for over 10 yrs in a older and noisy turbo normalized Mooney and I'd be hard pressed to find a better performing headset without spending double the price. As the batteries are in the headset, yes it's a bit heavier than some other ANR's, but you don't have a battery box dangling from the cords and you can detach the cable and use them as hearing protection during preflight. The rechargeable batteries last around 10hrs on a charge.
    The headset and mic audio is crisp and intelligible. Comfort hasn't been an issue for me, even on longer XC's. I've flown with a few bargain ANR's and both the older and newer Lightspeeds and Bose models. The bargain ANR's were clearly inferior. The ANR performance of the late model LS's and Bose may be marginally better, but if you lose the ANR on those sets their passive attenuation is so poor you'll have very little hearing protection. If your looking for a moderately priced ANR headset with above average performance I'd seriously consider the PA-1779.
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Great ANR headset value

  • By Comanche Cruiser from North of Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday, December 07, 2011
  • Pros: Value, comfort, noise reduction effectiveness, voice clarity
  • Cons: Limited audible range for listening to music
  • Review: I've flown about 1500 hrs with this headset over 11 years. It is very effective at reducing noise and improving communication clarity. Passive NR is good, ANR is very good. The unit is comfortable and reasonably light.

    After 11 reliable years, I sent it back for a refurbishment. The manufacturer is great to deal with and reasonably priced. I can't wait to get it back.
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Great product. I would buy again

  • By Herbert from Fairfield CA USA on Thursday, February 21, 2008
  • Pros: Great in every way except as noted below
  • Cons: I would move the 'power on' LED from the ear cup to the volume control in order to better verify that the headset has power.
  • Review: After twenty years away from the cockpit, I resumed flying. I wear hearing aids and even with a headset (cheap one) I was missing radio calls. Since I fly in Northern CA. Around the SF Bay area, good radio communications are a must. Since I began using the PA 17-79T ANR Headset I have no problems hearing and talking with ATC. These are a great product and would recommend them to everyone.
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Comfortable to wear, excellent noise reduction.

  • By Claudius from Kassel, Germany on Saturday, August 23, 2008
  • Pros: Turns into an standard headset without power, comfortable, excellent noise reduction
  • Cons: A more illustrated user's manual would be great
  • Review: I just started flying and I have tested some different models of headsets. This headset had convinced me in every way. It is comfortable to wear, the mic boom can be adjusted precisely. First I used it without the ANR enabled (due to not having charged the batteries) and even then it has an excellent noise reduction. And then, with charged batteries it seems like actually switching off the enginge. Remarks: Pilot USA should really be able to provide a better user's manual. No pics at all. In times of cheap switching power supplies, a wall charger with a wide input voltage range would be convenient.
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Amazing product and customer service

  • By Pat from SLO from San Luis Obispo, CA on Tuesday, December 20, 2016
  • Pros: quality; price; customer service & backing of their product; longevity of model
  • Cons: none
  • Review: Bought a Pilot PA 17-79 as my very first headset, back in 1999 (I think they had just come out, one of the first ANR headsets out there). I still use it today. About 10 years after buying it, I sent it back to replace the battery, and the guy who answered the phone (no machine!) talked me into 'overhauling' the headset for essentially the same price as the new battery. I got brand new gel ear cups (a really nice upgrade) along with the battery, and a headset that looked brand new when it came back. I don't see why you'd ever want to buy anything else. Love that headset. I'm not sure, but I think they are even made in the US, and priced competitvely. Go figure.
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I would buy this headset again.

  • By Gale from Staples MN USA on Thursday, December 05, 2019
  • Pros: Battery is rechargeable and is in the headser. NO MORE DANGLING BATTERY BOX!
  • Cons: None
  • Review: Headset is comfortable, noise cancelling is very good and the voice
    clarity is excellent both receiving and transmitting!
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