August 2016 Issue

Faro Air In-Ear Headset: Comfy, But No Bluetooth

If they can live without Bluetooth connectivity and can tolerate earplugs, the Faro Air could work for pilots and passengers not spoiled by high-end ANRs.

One perk of the job is trying out a wide variety of headsets. Two models that impressed me enough to fork over my own cash to own are the Bose A20 and the Clarity Aloft in-ear headset. In fact, I like the Clarity so much I find myself flying with it more than the Bose. Thatís why I was anxious to try the new Air in-ear model from Las Vegas, Nevada-based Faro Aviation. Company principal Kevin Faro has been designing a series of aviation headsets since 1999, the result of his dissatisfaction with other headsets on the market. The company currently offers four models, to include the $190 passive G2, a $390 ANR version of the G2, the $690 flagship G3 and the $390 Air. Iíve been flying with the Air for nearly a month, while also offering it up to passengers and other pilots to try. Hereís a field report.

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