|I used to fly that plane!|
Craaaack! Yep, that's what I heard when putting on my headset when trying to leave Coldland aka Michigan yesterday. I decided to save this blog post for later because I could not wait to share yesterday's sunset pictures. I'm not used to the cold Michigan weather anymore and I did not miss it! After the day after Christmas snow left seven inches on the ground, the FBO ramp was white and the jets blended in. The bright sun caused everything to shimmer.
Upon arrival, we loaded the plane with all our Christmas goodies. It was like a game of Tetris to fit it all in and not break anything. The battle RC helicopters I had bought for Bob would now serve as my headrest. There was about three inches of snow on the plane as well as a nice layer of ice. We adorned our gloves and began wiping away until the FBO lent us a broom. A credit card would later scrape off the remaining ice as we went around the plane with a focused eye.
The plane was ready and fueled. The weather was double checked. My headset lay upon my lap while Bob put the keys in the ignition. Annnnd...it didn't start. The propeller turned ever so slowly, but just couldn't get fast enough to start. It was just too cold and we needed to preheat. Out we hopped from the plane and somehow managed to fit a hose that was meant for a jet into the wheel well. We waited by the loud preheater hopping around in the cold for 15 minutes.
As we got seated in the aircraft again, it was now happy and started up without any complaint. Even with the engine roaring, as I went to put on my headset I froze at the loud noise I heard coming from between my hands. Craaaack!
"No way!" I thought. Ok, maybe I swore, because I knew I'd be a little more than perturbed if the sound was what I thought it was.
|Wish we had that for our driveway!|
It was. My beloved Lightspeed headset (which Bob had passed onto me on my first birthday we had celebrated together) had become brittle in the cold air and cracked straight through the top. It now has a 'hinge'. Luckily, it held together for the flight and kept the noise cancelling seal well enough. I'm not sure how much longer it will and I don't believe duct tape on a headset is very fashion forward for an aviatrix such as myself.
I heard Lightspeed has good customer service so hopefully they can fix it without an extreme cost to me. I have been wanting to upgrade for awhile now, so maybe it is finally the time. I favor the noise cancelling on the Lightspeed, but prefer the lightweight and the look of the Bose. Unfortunately, money is a factor in this decision so I may have to go the duct tape route for awhile.
What is your current or dream aviation headset?