Avionics Report

October 2007 Issue

Standalone Intercoms: PS and NAT are Top Picks

In a world of integrated audio panels, thereís still a place for standalone intercoms. But if you expect top performance, donít scrimp on the wiring.

Although anyone who learned to fly during the 1970s suffered the 90 dB din of an unmuffled cabin, thatís old school now. These days, we all wear headsets and panels have audio systems or at least intercoms, which make the endeavor more civilized. We see ever more airplanes that have integrated audio panels with built-in intercoms. Even the basic current production audio switching panels have on-board voice-activated stereo intercoms, which place all of the audio controls in a single console. This saves room on the panel and streamlines installation.

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