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Old April 15th, 2012, 12:43 PM   #1
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This may be old hat to the folks here, but in case it helps someone . . .

There's a neat trick to getting good audio of ATC (air traffic control) and the pilots and passengers talking while on a general aviation plane (think Cessna or Beechcraft).

Most pilots now use headsets featuring active noise reduction (ANR). This is like the Bose noise reducing headsets -- they cancel out much of the engine and wind noise.

The easiest way to get this audio is to put a lav mic inside the ear cup of the headset. The ANR reduces outside noise, and the intercom and the audio from the radios comes in clearly.

Works well.
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