Originally Posted by cappy208
@flywright. Can you clarify entire plane cockpits are noise cancelled, or just when wearing headphones?
This would be a huge change in thinking for some if it were the entire cockpit.
I flew a Beechcraft King Air with ANC installed in the main cabin. It was intended for passenger comfort, but there was some effect in the cockpit to the point that you knew when it was and was not working with ear muff headsets off. We wore headsets so it's effect on us was slight.
I also flew another King Air with the first generation of Bose ANC headset installed. This early model required a panel be installed in the aircraft and a special headset plugged into this panel. Our panels were installed overhead with headset cords dangling in the middle of the cockpit. Not a favorite among the pilots and the headsets were less than comfortable, but the system was effective.
Later we got the Bose X ANC headsets which were self contained and operated on 2 AA batteries. They just plugged into the normal headset jacks installed on nearly every airplane. These headsets were nothing short of amazing. They were lightweight, comfortable and very effective. Some crewmembers had reliability issues with their headsets, but product support from Bose was great even after the warranty period ended. Mine lasted the entire time I used it...maybe 8 years...before I retired. At nearly $1000 per headset, they were very pricey, but quickly became a valued tool on the job.