ProFlight Aviation Headset




Lightweight, in-ear active noise cancellation for long term comfort over extended flights, with many new features designed specifically for airline and corporate aircraft flight decks.

Tap control for talk through communication
Double tapping either earbud allows for optimised voice communication outside the intercom.

Digital active noise cancellation
Significantly reduces ambient noise, allowing users to lower radio volume and hear what they need to hear. Three user selectable levels of noise cancellation allow for user preference and aircraft noise environment.

Long term comfort over extended flights
Our smallest, lightest and most comfortable headset yet. 139 grams weight on the head.

FAA TSO and EASA E/TSO-C139a certified
Compatible across multiple TSO certified avionics systems.

Bluetooth connectivity and audio prioritisation
Connects wirelessly to mobile devices, audio systems and electronic flight bags. Audio prioritisation allows users to mix Bluetooth audio with intercom audio or have intercom transmissions temporarily mute Bluetooth.

Active equalisation
Automatically shapes and equalises the incoming signal for enhanced clarity and intelligibility.

Electret noise cancelling microphone
Increases clarity and reduces background noise when transmitting.

The next Bose headset to earn its stripes.

Pilots of moderately noisy aircraft such as pressurised jets will now experience the Bose clarity they expect, along with reliable, individualised performance and a new level of comfort for extended flights. The ProFlight is specifically designed with airline and professional pilots in mind.

30 years of Bose research and innovation.

The ProFlight features three levels of active noise cancellation and a unique feature called tap control for talk through communication in a compact, banded in-ear design. It’s decades of Bose research engineered into a form factor unlike any other aviation headset.

More than 30 US design and utility patents and many new features

The ProFlight is a technologically advanced, feature rich aviation headset designed for professional pilots.


139 grams weight on the head—our smallest, lightest and most comfortable headset yet.


Increases clarity and reduces background noise when transmitting, specifically for aircraft with "hot mic" or PTT systems.


Digital active noise cancellation reduces ambient noise, allowing users to lower radio volume and hear what they need to hear. Three user selectable levels of noise reduction allow for variance in aircraft noise environment and user preference.


Double tapping either earbud swaps to talk through hearing, optimising audio for communication with those outside the intercom.


Wirelessly connect to mobile devices and electronic flight bags. Mix wired communication with Bluetooth audio or have inbound transmission temporarily mute Bluetooth audio.


Compatible across multiple TSO certified systems, including Honeywell, Becker, Garmin, PS Engineering and Rockwell Collins.


Shapes and equalises incoming signals for enhanced clarity and intelligibility.


Easily mount the boom mic and cable on either side. No tools required.

An aviation headset that's just your type

Only the new Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset features advanced Bose technology in an innovative new form factor, with features designed for lower noise environments and the unique needs of pilots who fly in airline flight decks and corporate jet aircraft. Now there’s a Bose aviation headset that’s right for you, whether you fly in a cockpit or on a flight deck.


In-ear configuration for pilots of moderately noisy aircraft, such as pressurised jets


Around-ear configuration for higher noise environments



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  • ProFlight Aviation Headset (sliders not extended):21.4 cm H x 16.1 cm W x 8 cm D (139 g on head)

Inputs and outputs

  • Available in twin plug, five pin XLR, seven pin XLR or six pin LEMO plug configurations

Additional details

Two AA alkaline batteries
• Bluetooth on: At least 25 hours
• Bluetooth off: Approximately 45+ hours
Aircraft power voltage range: 10–32 VDC
Average power consumption: 250 mW


  • ProFlight Aviation Headset
  • Carry case
  • Two AA batteries
  • Control module holder
  • Three sizes of StayHear+ Sport tips (S, M, L)
  • Aircraft connector
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bose has again exceeeded my expectations! My first experience with a Bose aviation headset was using the A20 while flying a heavy military cargo aircraft. The design and weight of that headset was far superior to the headsets that we were all issued. In fact, I didn’t realize how much ambient noise we were exposed to on the flight deck until I used the ANR feature of the A20 – it was unbelievable! Between the ANR technology and just how much lighter the Bose headset was, using the Bose headset definitely made long flight duty periods seem much shorter and less tiring. Now fast-forward a few years - I now operate a military transport aircraft that is basically an "off-the-shelf" version of a B-757 passenger jet that has been modified to suit our particular mission. Bose has again exceeded even the high expectations that I had after my most-positive experience with the A20. My first reaction was one of uncertainty and skepticism when I saw the earbud design of the ProFlight. However, I fly with the outside earbud (depending upon which seat I am in) in my ear and the inside earbud stowed up and out of the way. That allows me to easily hear and respond to ATC communications while also comfortably communicating to the other crewmembers on the flight deck. I also find the ProFlight design easily allows you to change the side of the headset that the mic boom is on and allows me to securely stow the “inside” earbud up and out of the way. As you can expect from the “minimal” design, the headset is very lightweight and comfortable to wear. The only negative critique (which really is pretty minimal) is that in order to stow the headset in its case, you have to reposition the two “pads” that sit above your ears and then just wrap the cord around in a circle. I will say that there is a picture of what it should look like inside the case if you forget. Honestly, unless the aircraft is on fire and you are performing an Emergency Ground Egress (which if you were you probably wouldn’t be worried about neatly stowing your headset) it is easy to figure out if you just give it a minute or two. Overall, Bose has again successfully combined their fantastic ANR technology with a lightweight design that will meet your expectations of what a “professional” aviation headset should be.
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Proflight on the 777 Bought this headset about a month ago and used it several times for Boeing 777 ops. Tried it out couple of days before the first flight, this was to make sure all the features were understood and the ear fitment was correct. I have been using the Bose Soundsport and Bose Soundsport free for my workouts for sometime. So the ear fitment of the Pro came with much familiarity and comfort. I did thin about how good it would be to have the stayhear sound tips for commercial use before the pro was released to the market. So this is a very welcome addition to the professional headsets available in the market. First flight with this kit was basically to get my “SOP” sorted out. Basically figured out how to set up and stow the wires and the control module for my operations. The stock headset wire hook found on the 777 is the perfect location to hang the Control module. The wire is then routed via the sun visor bars using the 2 supplied clips. The headset itself fits perfect to my head. Just make sure the top portion tilts forward as how it was designed, and after which you will get used to the fit and comfort of it. The wire that plugs into the headset needs to be “rotated” in such a way that it angles away from your face. The mike I like to place in line with my jawline so that it would not be in peripheral. Overall, positioning of the wire rotation is critical for comfort so as not to get in the way. I also make sure that there is just enough wire slack so as not to get in the way of my head movement. After a while it’s just muscle memory on how to wear, set up, and position the Pro for the most efficient and comfortable use. As for the ANR operation. I prefer having the right stayhear tip stowed in the hanger for preflight. This is to facilitate all the on-ground non ATC communications. Once the engines have started and prior to lining up, I would just fit the tip in to my ear with the ANR on. Alternatively I have both tips in with ANR on. However I would double tap the right ear to keep the ANR off until after takeoff. As for the ANR settings, I find medium the best for the 777 cockpit. Unfortunately with full ANR, it does cut off a lot of noise and the PM has to raise his voice a notch for me to hear what he is talking about. Overall, this is a really good piece of kit. The double tap feature to shut off the ANR is a really well thought off feature. Expensive, but definitely a good investment and highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-10-07
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What is different about the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset?

The ProFlight, our most advanced aviation headset ever, features a unique combination of benefits. Industry leading active noise cancellation comes with a comfortable, stable fit without compromising the clear audio and simple operation you expect from Bose.

A high level of comfort is engineered into the unique form factor unlike any other headset’s—a highly stable, in-ear configuration without the usual intrusive deep insert eartips.

Also new with the ProFlight: three user selectable levels of active noise cancellation, a quick release side swappable down cable and mic, Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology, fully functional Bluetooth® connectivity and unique tap control. Talk through tap control allows pilots to better communicate with those outside the intercom.

2 AA batteries power 45+ hours of use without Bluetooth and at least 25 hours with Bluetooth on. Aircraft powered variants are also available. Users swap seamlessly from battery power to aircraft power without compromising headset performance. All models feature auto-off, which powers down the headset automatically when not in use. Select models offer auto-on.

What are the key benefits in the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset?

• Improved comfort for hours of use, achieved through choice of materials, distribution of weight, low clamping force and dedicated left and right earbuds—all without sacrificing stability
• Incredibly small and lightweight (139 g/4.9 oz on-head)
• Electret noise cancelling microphone for clear transmissions
• Audio optimised with active equalisation for enhanced communications with or without an intercom or hot mic system
• Three unique levels of user selectable acoustic noise cancelling, providing users with a range of noise reduction to meet their needs in multiple scenarios
• Tap control for talk through communication
• Bluetooth capability for wireless audio connections to EFBs and mobile phones, with audio prioritisation to mix or mute wireless audio with intercom transmissions
• Bypass communications mode provides primary ICS audio with or without power to the headset
• Built to latest ARINC standards and FAA TSO and EASA E/TSO-C139a certified
• Available with twin plug, five pin XLR, seven pin XLR or six pin LEMO plug configurations
• Auto-off: All configurations of the ProFlight headset feature auto-off technology, which powers down the headset when not in use and saves battery life
• Side swappable boom microphone and down cable, no tools required
• Durable and robust design made to endure the wear and tear of everyday use in tough environments
• Five year limited warranty with acclaimed service
• Auto-on: Certain configurations of the ProFlight headset will turn on automatically when the avionics master switch is in the ‘on’ position, using the craft’s power to operate

What is the difference between the ProFlight and A20 headsets?

They are completely different headsets and have different fundamental architectures, although they share features like Bluetooth capability, selectable stereo/mono and auto-on/auto-off. The A20 features an around-ear design and is meant for noisier aircraft, such as non pressurised single engine models. The ProFlight features a headbanded in-ear design and is meant for crewed aircraft, typically pressurised and less noisy, like most jets.

Do the Bose A20 Aviation Headset and Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset offer the same level of noise reduction?

No. The Bose A20 Aviation Headset delivers significantly greater noise reduction compared to the ProFlight headset. However, the ProFlight is significantly smaller, lighter and is designed for quieter aircraft.

How many different versions and configurations are available for the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset?

Customers can configure their Bose ProFlight Aviation Headsets in many different ways. Customers also have their choice of connector configurations with each module. Designed for use in both civilian and military aircraft, the ProFlight offers all of the most common plug configurations:

Dual G/A plug (PJ 068 and ¼ inch Stereo): With this option, the headset is connected to the aircraft’s intercom via a dual plug and is not powered by the aircraft. 2 AA alkaline batteries provide a minimum of 45 hours of operation while flying. This configuration is the most common version purchased by pilots.

XLR five pin: Often called the Airbus plug, this configuration is a mono connection to the aircraft and may be powered by the aircraft, depending on the installation. When disconnected, the flexible power feature lets the headset switch seamlessly from aircraft power to battery power, so users experience no interruption when the headset is plugged into or unplugged from a source of power.

XLR seven pin: The latest ARINC defined standard pin connection, which provides for binaural audio, aircraft power as well as separate grounded audio, microphone and EMI/EMF shields. Although it is not yet widely used, it is being adopted by the airline industry as a new standard plug type.

Six pin connector wired to the aircraft (LEMO): With this option, the headset is connected to the aircraft via a six pin connector and is powered directly from the aircraft. Two AA alkaline batteries can also provide pilots with a new level of flexibility. When disconnected, the flexible power feature swaps the headset seamlessly from aircraft power to battery power, so users experience no interruption when the headset is plugged into or unplugged from the aircraft.*

*Adapters are available from Bose to convert a six pin connector to either a dual G/A plug or a U174 for additional connection flexibility.

Can I comfortably wear glasses with the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset?

Yes. The side pads rest slightly behind and above the ear, which allows the user to put on and remove eyeglasses without touching the headset. You can wear any frames you want without affecting noise reduction or comfort.

Can I swap the microphone to either side?

Yes. The integrated boom mic and cable assembly can be attached to either the left or right side of the headset. The self guiding connector makes it easy to attach the boom mic and cable assembly. The cable swaps easily in seconds and without tools.

What is the battery life of the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset?

Using 2 AA alkaline batteries, the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset will operate for at least 45 hours of flying in typical aircraft noise. With continuous operation of the Bluetooth function, battery life will be at least 25 hours. As always, battery life varies with the type of battery, the noise environment and features used. The headset’s battery life indicator light alerts the user when batteries should be replaced.

Can I use rechargeable batteries?

Rechargeable batteries are not recommended because your flying time battery life will be reduced from the 45 hour life, depending on the type of battery chemistry used. Rechargeable batteries also alter the accuracy of the battery status indicator light, so that when the light changes to amber, you will have less than the usual eight hours of flying time remaining that you can expect with non rechargeable AA alkaline batteries.

Can I use lithium-ion batteries?

Lithium-ion batteries should not be used due to their typically higher voltage.

How does the auto-on feature work?

Headsets that can use aircraft power (six pin, seven pin and five pin XLR) will automatically turn on when the aircraft power is present. A configurable switch inside the control module can disable this feature based on user preference.

How does the auto-off feature work?

The auto-off feature in your Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset detects when the headset is not in use and powers it off after several minutes to preserve battery power. The exact time it takes to power off varies and can range between 6 and 45 minutes of inactivity.

What is TSO and why is it important?

A Technical Standard Order (TSO) is a minimum performance standard for specified materials, parts and appliances used on civil aircraft. When a company is authorised to manufacture a material, part or appliance to a TSO standard, this is referred to as TSO authorisation. When a company receives a TSO authorisation, it is assured that the product meets these minimums in both design and production. Bose Corporation meets all and exceeds many TSO requirements.

Receiving a TSO authorisation is not an approval to install and use the authorised article in the aircraft.

Is the Bose A20 Aviation Headset still available?

Yes. The Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset has not replaced the A20. It is designed to meet the unique needs of pilots and crew who fly pressurised and crewed aircraft, which are typically less noisy.

How does the ProFlight headset compare to the A20 in terms of noise reduction?

The ProFlight does not have as much total noise reduction as the A20.

What are the advantages of the ProFlight vs. the Bose A20 Aviation Headset (Aviation Headset X, Aviation Headset Series I and Aviation Headset Series II, pre-2015 A20 Aviation Headset)?

The Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset is our most advanced aviation headset yet.
Compared to the Bose A20 Aviation Headset, the ProFlight has:
• A new level of comfort achieved through choice of materials, redistribution of weight throughout the headset and a purposeful in-ear design
• Digital Active Noise Reduction with multiple modes of Active Noise Cancellation
• A microphone and down cable that are side swappable without tools
• Storage in a smaller carrying case

2015 A20 Aviation Headset added features:
Note: These features are not present in all versions.
• A2DP: streaming Bluetooth audio
• Auto-on (select models using aircraft power)
• High-performance microphone
• Coil cable option



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ProFlight Aviation Headset