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Helmets - Should you? and Which?

Old 3rd Apr 2015, 21:37
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Vertical Freedom may be able to help \make suggestion
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Old 4th Apr 2015, 21:13
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I know you said you are anti-cannula, but I've used the Aqua Lung PHODS for work similar to what you say you'll be in, up to 15,000ft, with no issues. The altitude based auto-start/stop and automatic O2 regulation is awesome. It's minimalistic compared to a mask, never interfered with shooting with a DSLR, and is a tiny overall package (and not hard mounted at all).

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Old 7th Apr 2015, 18:06
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Mike-
Thanks for the info on PHODS, looks promising. How's the cannula hold up when one sticks their head outside into the slipstream? That's my main concern.
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Old 7th Apr 2015, 22:00
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You have full face mask option too
here, end of doc -> http://www.aqualung.com/militaryandp...UserManual.pdf
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 13:00
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9Aplus, thanks, exactly what I needed.
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Old 8th Apr 2015, 22:21
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It stays in place just as good as a mic boom. Doesn't seem to get diffused much by the slipstream either.

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Old 21st Nov 2015, 21:30
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Helmet Cotton Liners

Does anyone have a good source for purchasing cotton helmet liners/skull caps without having to purchase from the USA and paying ridiculous delivery charges.
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Old 1st Dec 2015, 08:23
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Using my helmet in a R22 or R44 is kind of a problem, as the low RRPM warning horn gets so muffled by the sound isolation of the helmet, that it's hardly noticeable. Therefore I prefer not to use a helmet on these aircrafts as I worry I won't hear the horn in a low RRPM situation. Is there any solution to it?
"... one day I had a solo flight to OKC for maintanance, and had my music cranked up a little louder than when I have pax with me (not excessivly loud) and was surprised that I could barely hear the horn on my check. "
The FAA Technical Panel Final Report (17 March 1995) proposed the following:
Design Changes
Provide low rotor RPM warning horn through the intercom system.
Interesting. I've had problems with my Lightspeed Zulu-2 headset masking the low RPM horn in some Robinson aircraft. I called Robinson technical support and asked that they start piping it into the intercom and they politely refused.

Then, in September I brought it up during the R66 course and Tim Tucker said "we tested the David Clark and the Bose and it wasn't a problem and it would add weight so we won't do it". I said it was a problem with my Lightspeed but they basically seem to feel that since nobody has died yet from not hearing the low RPM horn they don't need to address it (and of course if there is a fatal you probably won't know that the pilot couldn't hear the horn, just that for some reason he never lowered the collective).

So granted it's probably shouldn't be the top priority, but it's one that could be solved at modest cost and probably with no weight increase at all. Perhaps someone will do an aftermarket device...
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Old 6th Jan 2016, 12:03
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Hard shell helmets.

Does anyone here have a recommend flying helmet? I have used Alpha helmets with ANR before for fixed wing flying but would be interested to hear if anyone has a favourite Rotary winged lid. Also, any recommended (or steer clear) of pilot flight equipment inspection centers in the UK? Thanks in advance! Edit - found a company in the UK called Key Survival who fit the bill, thanks for the PMs.

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Old 10th Jan 2016, 22:48
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helmet without any doubt

This is the one my company provides. Give if a few tries and you will not want to go back to headsets. As someone has said, I feel weird and unprotected without it.

LH 350 Helicopter Helmet in Head Protection | MSA - The Safety Company | Spain
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Old 11th Jan 2016, 19:59
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Cool

...To ANR:

My experience with a GENTEX SPH-5 and ANR in a AS350B3 is: "USELESS as soon as you open the window - forget it with the door off!"

It seems the noise pattern from the B3 rotor changes to fast for the ANR to pick up and cancel out.....

I suggest you safe the ANR and go for CEP....


Cheers,

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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 07:32
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Question Best pilot helmet?

Hi everyone,

I have an old MSA Gallet helmet which needs to be renewed, here in Spain pretty much everyone goes with this one.
After doing a search on what's on the market at the moment, I'm not sure which one to go for.
If you had to buy a new one, which one would you recommend? Evolution, Gentex, MSA ..?
Really appreciate your experience with this, they are really expensive so better not rush on the decision,

Thanks!
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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 07:49
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MSA before Gentex, havent had an Evolution yet
Had two Gentex before my Gallet. Even with modded earcups nothing near for comfort compared to the Gallet MSA
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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 08:04
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In my experience the Gallet is comfortable without NVG but horrible with. Alpha Eagle is probably my pick. I've never tried the evolution.
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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 08:38
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Used Gentex, Gallet and Alpha Eagle. Alpha Eagle is miles more comfortable (and adjustable) than the other two.

Also go CEP with moulded tips far superior than ANR in my experience.

Last edited by Evil Twin; 23rd Jan 2019 at 09:33. Reason: To add info about CEP
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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 08:52
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Alpha Eagle
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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 17:17
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This thread is old enough to go to college
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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 19:49
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Originally Posted by Stitchbitch View Post
Does anyone here have a recommend flying helmet? I have used Alpha helmets with ANR before for fixed wing flying but would be interested to hear if anyone has a favourite Rotary winged lid. Also, any recommended (or steer clear) of pilot flight equipment inspection centers in the UK? Thanks in advance! Edit - found a company in the UK called Key Survival who fit the bill, thanks for the PMs.

Northwall!! Had them all, these are buy far the best!
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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 22:00
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Originally Posted by 3top View Post
...To ANR:

My experience with a GENTEX SPH-5 and ANR in a AS350B3 is: "USELESS as soon as you open the window - forget it with the door off!"

It seems the noise pattern from the B3 rotor changes to fast for the ANR to pick up and cancel out.....

I suggest you safe the ANR and go for CEP....


Cheers,

3top
Hi, What ANR system did you use? I have very good experiences with Lightspeed Zulu mod...

Cheers.
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Old 24th Jan 2019, 18:50
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HGU-56

I use a Gentex HGU-56 for last 1000 hours or so, of which 600+ hrs is in MD500 (noisy:-)) and rest in S300 and R44. I had to fit the helmet with zetaliner to make it comfortable for long days (6-8 flight hours). I also use earpads from my Senheiser S1 headset and Alpine MotoSafe eaplugs. I am VERY satisfied with this setup. Does not matter if it is 35deg plus or 15deg minus, it is super comfortable (for me anyway). Had a chance to very briefly try some other helmets but none of them felt so nice.
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