Telex Airman 850 Active Noise Reduction Commercial Aviation Headset - Professional Aviation Headsets

Telex Airman 850 Active Noise Reduction Commercial Aviation Headset

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    No batteries or Panel Power needed!

    The Airman 850 first received FAA TSO approval in 2004. It was then and is still today the only ANR headset which requires no batteries. By designing ultra efficiency into every aspect of the electrical and acoustical systems, the Airman 850 utilizes the excess capacity of the microphone power system to provide ANR with no need for external batteries or costly installed power supply systems. And, at just over four ounces, the Airman 850 is still the lightest ANR headset approved for commercial aviation.

    Tens of thousands of Airman 850 headsets have been sold over the last decade, and most are still in service. Its reliable operation, lightweight design, and excellent audio quality have made it the standard headset of many major airlines, including Air Canada (Airbus series), Air France, Emirates, FedEx (Boeing 777), KLM, Shenzhen, Southwest, and WestJet. The Airman 850 is also used on the USAF’s VIP fleet, including Air Force One.

    The Airman 850 is the standard installed headset on corporate jets from leading manufacturers including Cessna, Dassault Falcon, and Gulfstream. It is also approved and/or has proven compatibility and is used in many business and commercial aircraft from manufacturers including Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, and Learjet.
    The Airman 850's design was created specifically for pilots of turbine airplanes who don’t require a large clamping headset, and with just enough noise reduction to reduce fatigue and improve communications.

    “As the lightest ANR headset in this market, it is still one of the most popular with pilots, even after 10 years,” Parker continues. “No ANR headset is easier for pilots to use – there are no batteries to worry about, and no complicated switches or wiring. At every NBAA show I am amazed at how many pilots tell us how much they love the 850. Telex is very proud to make a headset that pilots really enjoy using.”


    Sound Quality

    At just 4 oz., the Airman 850 is the lightest ANR product in the marketplace. Wind noise and ambient noise is reduced by up to 12 decibels (dB) of. The headset also features a noise-cancelling electret microphone.

    Comfort and Fit

    An adjustable headband gives the wearer two inches of up and down earphone adjustment per side, while gimbal mounting improves the headset's side-to-side comfort. The ear cups and cushions have been enlarged from previous models to enhance pilot comfort.


    The Airman 850 features a miniature, amplified, noise-cancelling electret microphone that provides superior 400Hz hum rejection. The flexible boom rotates 320° and can be worn on either side of the head. A replaceable windscreen is included to minimize popping, hissing, and breathing sounds when speaking.


    The Airman 850 contains an On/Off switch to control ANR power and a Hi/Low switch for controlling receiver volume.

    Cordage and Plugs

    The microphone cordage is protected inside the boom. A strain relief on the cord provides maximum durability. Shielded wire throughout the headset protects against RFI and EMI.

    Versions Available

    The Airman 850 is available in single-sided and dual-sided configurations.

    FAA TSO Approval

    The Airman 850 headset is approved for aircraft use under FAA TSO's C57a and C58a.


    Boom Flexible Boom
    Color Black
    Cord Length 5.58 ft (1.7 m)
    Ear Seals Plush foam
    FAA TSO Approvals C57a and C58a
    Frequency Response 350-15000 Hz
    Impedance 150 +/- 20% Ω
    Microphone Frequency Response 300-6000 Hz
    Microphone Impedance 50-600 Ω
    Microphone Sensitivity -51 +/- 3 dB dBV/Pa
    Microphone Type Noise-Cancelling Amplified Electret
    Noise Reduction ≤ 12 dB
    Power via mic bias
    Power Requirements Microphone Bias (requires boom microphone to be powered continuously)
    Speaker Dynamic
    Speaker Sensitivity 85-95 SPL/mW
    Stereo No
    Weight 4.02 oz (113.98 g)

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