There is a common misconception that the bigger your radio and audio system is, the more features it has. But bigger doesn't always mean better.
The public safety aviation sector has seen a significant rise in the demand for smaller aircraft to carry out tactical missions, while maintaining the same levels of connectivity and capability without compromising on space and weight.
RT-7000PMR (top) installed with Titan digital audio system for the perfect public safety radio and audio
There is a common misconception that the bigger your radio and audio system is, the more features it has. But bigger doesn’t always mean better and Titan’s compact, lightweight form-factor and feature rich design address the needs of smaller light-to-medium aircraft without all the bulk.
Benefitting from a number of features, this high-functional-density communications management system is designed for crystal clear digital audio. Here we will take a look at the top three benefits offered by Titan. Ensuring your mission is never compromised by poor, crackly and unreliable audio.
- Spatially-Separated Audio
With a headset capable of spatially separating audio, sounds in the cockpit can be perceived as coming from distinct directions as opposed to mono headsets where you can’t distinguish where sounds are coming from. With spatial separation, pilots will find it easier to focus on specific audio and radio sources and benefit from:
- Improved situational awareness
- Increased ability for the listener to focus on a single conversation, e.g., from their co-pilot or ground support team
- Increased conversation clarity in a high-noise environment
The result? Improved message comprehension.
- Relay & Simulcast
Communication between aircrew and ground personal is vital to air missions, and clarity and timing are critical to ensuring mission success. Relay allows a ground operator to communicate with another ground team member. This is without the involvement of aircrew despite them operating on different radio bands. Simulcast allows the operators to transmit on multiple transceivers at the same time.
When relay and simulcast are both active on Titan’s audio management system, aircrew and ground personnel can communicate via a seamless, delay-free conference call. Users of Titan will benefit from:
- Minimized risk of miscommunication between all parties
- Reduced crew workload
- Creation of a conference call where all parties can intercommunicate
A common option for modern aviation headsets is Bluetooth capability. Like other devices such as GPS systems and smartphones, Titan also has a Bluetooth wireless interface connection for pilots allows hands-free phone calls.
Not only does it support hands-free mobile phone calls, but the Bluetooth wireless interface also gives crew and passengers the ability to listen to their own music streams. Many people listen to music while they are carrying out a task; be that reading, driving or even flying. There is countless research to support the fact that background music helps the brain to focus by neutralising the unconscious attention system’s ability to distract us. But, will it work as well if you have to listen to the same music as your co-pilot who may be a ‘Swiftie’ fan whereas you see yourself as more of a ‘Little Monster’? It’s a well-known fact that music you like increases your focus, whereas music you don’t impedes it. With Titan, the Bluetooth wireless interface connection will allow crew and passengers to enjoy separate streams of music so you can keep your focus without sacrificing your music tastes.
- Reduced crew workload
- Maximized crew and passenger convenience
- Eliminates need for extra cables in the cockpit
Find out more about Cobham’s Titan Digital Audio Management system at www.CobhamTitan.com
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Source: Dean Burnett, Does music really help you concentrate? The Guardian 2016, https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/aug/20/does-music-really-help-you-concentrate [Accessed 12.01.2021]