November 25, 2008
By Ian J. Twombly
German audio company Sennheiser recently introduced a new active noise canceling headset called the HMEC 250.
The headset features Sennheiser’s NoiseGard 2.0, the company’s active noise cancelling system, as well as a foldable design, separate volume controls, and auxiliary audio input for music or cell phone. Peak volume level protection, a feature that interferes when sounds go above 110 dB to protect the pilot, is also standard.
The HMEC 250 has a new Sennheiser feature called TalkThrough that allows the wearer to hear others in the cockpit directly through the headset without the need for an audio panel. The passenger’s voice is picked up through a small microphone in the ear cup that then plays over the headset.
The HMEC 250 weighs 11 oz., is black and silver, and comes with a padded headband and comfort ear seals. Retail price for the new HMEC 250 is $549.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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