# surplus fighter pilots helmets

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#### fly_boy_bc

##### Well-Known Member
Hi all!

I need a helmet. Helmets are required in Canada to fly basic ultralights and I do not have a headset yet either so I am considering purchasing a surplus fighter pilots helmet with integral headset. I am NOT talking about some vintage 1960's MIG helmet but 1980's-1990's NOS units that are sometimes quite reasonably priced considering they come with headphones and mic.(200$-300$)

Am I nuts? I am a whiz with a soldering iron so I am not too worried about connectors but I have no idea if the mic and speakers would be compatible with modern civil radios. Would they have active noise cancelling?

Any thoughts?

#### unmanned

##### New Member
The problem you'll come across is an impedance mismatch. But then again, you could make a circuit to match the impedance and it could work. Most of the time they come with an oxygen mask, which you don't really need, so personally i'd go with a used helicopter helmet, with a leather muff cover (see oregon aero for those) and an adapter to convert the combined plug helicopter use to the dual GA plugs (the adapter is widely available).

#### TFF

##### Well-Known Member
There are impedance match boxes you can buy too. We wear helicopter ones in an Aircam, but wearing them in a Cessna makes you feel a little geeky.

#### SVSUSteve

##### Well-Known Member
If you're looking for a helmet for impact protection in the event of a crash, I would look for a surplus helmet designed to meet the US Army's helicopter helmet standards. As I understand it, they have a higher standard so far as protection is concerned against impact as opposed to the fixed-wing aircraft variant.

#### Todney1

##### New Member
Hi all!

I need a helmet. Helmets are required in Canada to fly basic ultralights and I do not have a headset yet either so I am considering purchasing a surplus fighter pilots helmet with integral headset. I am NOT talking about some vintage 1960's MIG helmet but 1980's-1990's NOS units that are sometimes quite reasonably priced considering they come with headphones and mic.(200$-300$)

Am I nuts? I am a whiz with a soldering iron so I am not too worried about connectors but I have no idea if the mic and speakers would be compatible with modern civil radios. Would they have active noise cancelling?

Any thoughts?
You can find new ones here : Campbell Aero Classics NZ Ltd