Recently, I was looking at the Lightspeed Sierra headset I bought way back in 2011. Although it worked perfectly, it was getting pretty beaten up. I had replaced the ear pads last year, and I wasn’t planning on buying a new headset, but then I received an email from Lightspeed. I receive many aviation emails and I don’t always read them all, but for some reason I read this one.
The email said Lightspeed had a trade-up program that would allow me to return my old Sierra and get a shiny new Zulu 3 ANR headset at a $350 discount. I took advantage of that offer before it ended Jan. 31, 2023. While that special discount is no longer valid, the good news is that Lightspeed offers an ongoing standard discount of $250 for a Sierra trade-up. Other models also have a trade-in discount too. According to the Lightspeed Aviation website (lightspeedaviation.com/programs/trade-up), the following discounts apply:
|Trade-Up Model||Zulu 3||Sierra|
|Original Zulu||$200||Not Available|
|Mach 1 Series||$100||$100|
|Non Lightspeed Headsets||Zulu 3||Sierra|
|Bose A20||$400||Not Available|
|Bose X||$150||Not Available|
|Sennheiser ANR or|
|David Clark ANR||$200||Not Available|
|Any David Clark passive||$100||$100|
I don’t know if Lightspeed will be offering the $350 discount again, but you can take advantage of the ongoing discount program if you’re so inclined. If you have a Sierra and want a Zulu 3, the final cost is $649! How can you beat that? Check it out!