The RA980 headset does it all and then some! This general aviation headset boasts active noise reduction, Bluetooth cell phone and music streaming, and is engineered from the finest materials including true carbon fiber.
With a noise reduction rating of 26dB, the RA980 provides ANR hearing protection. It is powered by two AA batteries and the control module has a power indication light so you can always know how much battery life you have left.
In the event of the batteries going completely dead, the headset is still able to provide passive noise reduction with a rating of 20dB.
The control module also houses everything you need to control your Bluetooth auxiliary functions including Bluetooth pairing, answering phone calls and adjusting music volume.
It even allows you to set your mode to radio priority where auxiliary functions are dimmed when a radio transmission comes through, no priority where all channels are open and heard equally or radio only where auxiliary functions are turned off completely. An auto shut-off will turn the Bluetooth off after 5 minutes of no use.
The RA980 was crafted from high-quality materials including leather ear seals and true carbon fiber earcups. With a weight of only 10.23oz, the RA980 might be the lightest headset you will ever wear.
A full-flex, rotating mic boom allows you to wear the mic on the left or right side and position it in a comfortable spot in front of your lips while the noise-cancelling electret mic sends your message loud and clear.
The RA980 headset is the top of the line headset you are looking for that will knock out the competition in terms of price.
Backed by a 7-Year warranty, you won’t regret flying with the Rugged Air RA980 General Aviation Headset.
Is this headset Noise Cancelling?
The RA980 headset has active noise cancellation (ANR) and will block out 26db of noise at 150Hz.
What powers the the headset’s circuitry? Are batteries needed?
The RA980 requires (2) AA batteries for the Active Noise Reduction. If the batteries are drained or no batteries are available then the headset will revert to passive noise reduction.
Is the audio output mono or stereo?
The RA980 Headset can be used in either Mono or Stereo mode. There is a switch in the battery pack allowing you to choose your preference.
Does this headset turn down the music when the plane's radio emits a signal?
This is determined by the headset "mode" and can be set to your preference. There is an "A", "B" & "C" modes to switch between. Mode A: Intercom Priority - when the intercom/radio is in use the Bluetooth will be attenuated. Mode B: All Open - All channels are open and equal in sound. Mode C: Intercom Only - Only the intercom/radio is on & Bluetooth is completely off.
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 the RRP2EX 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 RA980 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.