"I Hate Wires!"
isn't just for cell phones and automobiles anymore. Utilizing
software the company has dubbed "Intuition," LoPresti has unveiled
a headset that could eliminate wires from the cockpit of your
Introduced at last month's Lakeland Fly-In, LoPresti says the
"ClearBlue" headphones are a runaway success.
"We hoped for a good response," said RJ Siegel, VP of Operations
and designer of the technology, "but we never expected to be
deluged with so many orders. LoPresti has a history of bringing new
technology to aviation, but in the past, the adoption curve has
been measured in years."
Sporting a simplified interface on the ear cup, the headset
offers single button control of the system. An Apple iPod provides
in-flight audio entertainment controlled by the Intution
software. When simultaneously synched to a Bluetooth cellphone, the
ring is heard in the headset and can be answered with a single
touch of the button.
The headset sports four cascading frequencies, ranging in
priority from iPod, cellphone, intercom, and radio. Most
importantly, activity on the aircraft's comm takes the highest
priority, muting the other functions at the pilots
Siegel adds Lopresti is looking to partner with existing headset
manufacturers, and hopes to make first deliveries in time for
"Although aviation is primary target, the ClearBlue Headset is
designed for a variety of applications," Siegel told ANN.
"Autocross, Motorcycling, construction sites and any arena where
high noise level and the entanglement of wires present a safety
"I hate wires," Siegel said. "I hate them in computers and I
especially hate them in the cockpit."
The "Intuition" system is a series of avionics components
-- including ClearBlue headsets, and an in-cockpit iPod
interface -- Lopresti plans to introduce on its
upcoming Lopresti Fury sport aircraft (shown above).