The RA454 headset is all about taking control while you’re in the pilot’s seat. Dual volume controls allow you to adjust the volume in each ear dome separately.
A toggle switch allows you to change between mono output for great sounding communications and stereo output for when you are listening to music.
Lastly, an ear dome push-to-talk button makes transmitting a breeze. With all these controls at your fingertips, any private pilot has the ability to create a custom audio experience.
Sticking with the basics, the RA454 also offers the same clear hear 50mm performance audio speakers, an EM56 noise reflective cup microphone covered with a foam wind block mic muff, a 3.5mm music input jack and gold plated plugs found in most Rugged Air headsets.
Foam fit ear seals, stainless steel headband and deep pocket ear canals provide excellent comfort. Weighing in at only 14.9oz, the RA454 headset is easy to wear for the duration of the flight.
How is this different from the RA200?
The RA454 is an upgrade from the RA200 in that the RA454 has a mono/stereo switch, a separate volume control for each ear, and a backup Push-To-Talk on the headset should your main PTT fail.
The RA200 is a great starter/student pilot headset, the RA454 is for the more experienced pilot and for those who want more control, the RA900 is a full featured professional headset for those that fly very often.
Is this headset Noise Cancelling?
The RA454 headset has passive noise cancellation and will block out 24db of noise.
What powers the the headset’s circuitry? Are batteries needed?
The RA454 headset is powered by the aircraft's internal communication system. It does not required batteries.
Is the audio output mono or stereo?
You can choose between mono or stereo output using the switch on the cord of the RA454. Verbal communications have a higher sound quality using mono whereas music sound quality is better with stereo output.
Does this headset turn down the music when the plane's radio emits a signal?
The music function on the RA454 does not auto dim/mute when the radio emits a signal.
The 3.5mm AUX port connects straight to the headset speakers and cannot determine when the radio is transmitting.
Be sure to keep the radio volume higher than your music so you never miss an important message.
Does the AUX plug work as audio-out? Can you attach a recording device and have the audio feed from headset to recorder?
No, the AUX plug does not support audio out, it is only an input directly to the headset speakers.
In order to record flight chatter you will need to determine if your aircraft's internal flight comms have an AUX out port.
If this is not readily available, we recommend using a Portable Aviation Intercom.
Will this headset work...in a commercial aircraft jumpseat? In a helicopter? with a David Clark System? For In-car communications? As a computer gaming headset?
The RA454 headset was designed as a general aviation headset to be used with an aircraft’s internal communication system that accommodates dual plugs (also known as PJ plugs).
Any aircraft that is compatible with dual plugs will allow for optimal performance of this headset.
With slight modifications or cable adapters, this headset can be used in a variety of scenarios but it is not recommended.