Headset is probably one of the most important tools of a pilot. And like all things aviation, it doesn’t come cheap.
At my school, you can rent a headset for $10 each lesson or $25 if it’s a nice Bose one. Doing some math in my head I’d figure it would be cheaper just to buy one early on if it was the right price.
Now how do you pick a headset? Let’s check off a few things. I’m not planning on being a professional pilot, I’m not flying hours on end every week. Therefore, I don’t need a really nice headset. At least right now. I need something to work. There are pilots who get up in arms about headsets saying you only have one set of ears and flying is dependent on them so you should invest. I’m 24 years old with great hearing so wearing a “crappy” headset for 40-60 hours or so won’t destroy my hearing.
I looked around and found a pretty cheap headset for $109, the AirClassics HS-1A, not bad at all, pays for itself within 11 lessons. I ordered it right away. I’m actually pretty happy with it. I can hear better than on the school headsets and it’s mine. For what I paid I definitely think it’s worth it.