LAKE OSWEGO, OREGON, SEPTEMBER 19, 2023
Lightspeed Aviation is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its flagship safety headset, the Lightspeed Delta Zulu™ this month. Since September 2022, over 10,000 pilots have benefited from the multitude of safety features in this premium ANR headset and are sharing their stories of how this groundbreaking device has potentially saved not only their lives, but the lives of their passengers.
“This morning you might have saved my life. …. The [carbon] monoxide detector kept going off and further testing revealed a muffler leak.” – David St. George, DPE, MCFI, Executive Direction of Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE)
Founder and CEO Allan Schrader points out that “In 2019, we shifted our corporate vision to “creating products that protect and save lives”. Our mission is to improve flying safety for every pilot, co-pilot, and their passengers. I’m proud of how the industry is recognizing the importance of that work with this year’s Flying Magazine Innovation Award.”
The Lightspeed Delta Zulu employs lifesaving and life-changing features that are constantly monitoring the health and environment of the wearer. One key feature is the Kanari® smart alert technology, built into the headset to deliver audible cautionary and critical warnings to the pilot by measuring cabin carbon monoxide levels. Another safety feature is HearingEQity®, a built-in hearing loss compensation system that creates a personalized hearing profile for clearer cockpit communications. For many pilots this has eliminated the need to wear hearing aids with their headsets, and for others, provided a means to make ATC communication much clearer leading to a huge boost of confidence in flying.
“My hearing, which has sucked since my Air Force days working on the flight line, has gotten worse, even with hearing aids. The clarity in my left ear is below 50%, and the right ear is a bit better. I made the decision that if I couldn’t clearly hear ATC, my flying days were possibly ending. The purchase of the DZ was the smartest move I could have made. I used the HearingEQity in the app to setup the headset to my hearing loss without hearing aids. It works! ATC, intercom, ForeFlight are all crystal clear.” – Jeffrey L.(verified Lightspeed Delta Zulu™ owner), product review
Pilots are sharing their data, also. A fundamental component to the Lightspeed Delta Zulu is the Lightspeed App, where pilots can monitor their aircraft’s CO levels in real time. Through an optional feature in the Lightspeed app called the Personal Safety Data Partnership Program (PSDPP), pilots can allow Lightspeed access to their CO data which we are sharing with the general aviation industry to provide with never-before-available carbon monoxide data in the GA fleet.
Agreeing to providing their data in anonymized form, pilots join the cause of researching and reducing aviation accidents. Our bigger goal is to help aeromedical experts, scientists, and the general aviation community to better understand the effects of carbon monoxide in the cockpit, and to give pilots time react to it. With over 50,000 flights of recorded data in the first year, Lightspeed Delta Zulu CO data has uncovered the fact that just under 1% of all flights produce extremely hazardous and life-threatening CO levels for at least some portion of those flights. That’s hundreds of flights – and lives.
“This is where I’m so glad I have the Delta Zulus because as we took off, I got an audible alarm saying that the carbon monoxide levels were too high. I was able to pull the app up real quick and look and we were up in the 60s.” – Dan Millican, CFI, host of popular aviation YouTube Channel “Taking Off”
Pilots are sharing their testimonials with Lightspeed Aviation as to the benefit of wearing their Lightspeed Delta Zulu ANR headsets when CO was detected. These stories have a common thread: the pilot was made aware of the presence of CO in their immediate environment, made adjustments or landed and lived to share their experience with fellow pilots. You can read these stories or watch the video testimonials at the Lightspeed website here.
“Collecting and using data to monitor and alert pilots to unsafe cockpit conditions is the passionate goal of our company,” said Schrader. “Delta Zulu delivers the first of a line of platform features to ensure greater cockpit safety”.
For a limited time, to celebrate the one-year anniversary for Lightspeed Delta Zulu, and the more than 10,000 pilots who are now safer for wearing this next generation safety headset, Lightspeed is offering $100 off of the retail price. This offer is good through October 9, 2023, and is available worldwide at any authorized Lightspeed dealer or directly from the Lightspeed website. Details can be found at https://go.lightspeedaviation.com/save-lives-save-100.
Lightspeed Aviation is a leading manufacturer of premium aviation headsets and helmet products. Since the first product was introduced in 1996 at AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI., the company has established a reputation for leading innovation in the aviation headset marketplace with a number of “first to market” advances, technologies, and features. In 2022, the company launched a new category of aviation products. Layering life-saving technologies on top of their award-winning audio and ANR platform, Lightspeed ushered in a new era of aviation safety. With this, the company continues to live its mission of “creating products that protect and save lives”. Additionally, Lightspeed is a passionate supporter of initiatives to encourage the next generation of pilots through its support of programs like Young Eagles and Ray Scholars. The company is proud to have participated in helping countless young people experience everything from a discovery flight to getting a Pilot Certificate.