Headset vs. iPad for new student

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  1. allPrimes

    allPrimes Filing Flight Plan

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    I'm a new student with 7.4 hours in a C172. Given I have an iPhone and a subscription to Foreflight, is the consensus that a quality headset would be more useful to me in the short-term than an iPad with ForeFlight?
     
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    I'll hook you up with a like new Lightspeed Sierra for $525 shipped :)
    Yes a headset is more useful for a student...
     
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    Personally, I specifically avoided using gps during my training. I wanted to learn to get along without it. After I passed my check ride of course, I made full use of the tools.
     
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    Good ANR headset first. iPad later.

    You will replace the ipad more frequently than a good headset
     
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    The headset is not so much useful in the short term as it is in the long term. By that I mean the damage to your ears from 40 hours of flying without a headset can be significant, but you likely won't know it for many years.

    You don't need to buy a brand new top-of-the-line headset. You can get one which will meet your needs for not that much money, maybe less than a single flight lesson.

    Jon
     
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    Headset, you already have a EFB solution.
     
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    Go with a good headset,your hearing will thank you.
     
  8. TommyG

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    If you were my student, it would be headset. They don’t use Foreflight until the back end of training.
     
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    Hmmm... nice shiny iPad and a bacteria infested flight school headset, or a nice, personal headset and use of your tried-and-true iPhone? :p

    For me personally, I bought my own headset (cheaper pair) to avoid the germs from a communal headset. I actually got really sick once, and I think it was from a communal headset where the mic required being placed up against my lips in order to pick up anything. That got me buying my own quickly after that.

    Check out what @pigpenracing has to offer. Better to get a good quality headset and spend the money once at the beginning than to spend money on a pair that you'll end up replacing later (and your older set becomes a paperweight or passenger set that rarely gets used.)
     
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  10. GeorgeC

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    Do this, once, instead of trying to "save" money, buying inexpensive headsets, multiple times...
     
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    My @pigpenracing Lightspeed Sierra headset is likely in the mail. I did NOT want to be sharing a headset especially during this whole Covid thing.
     
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