It’s been a year since Bose released the flagship redesigned A30 aviation headset, and the Bose booth was just as busy at Sun ‘n Fun 2024 showing the set—many completely happy with their existing A20 model. But a brisk used market for well-cared-for A20 sets is creating more demand for the all-digital A30. Aviation Consumer Editor-in-Chief Larry Anglisano spent some time at the Bose booth with Chris Wuerlf, who ran through the A30’s feature and control set while setting the record straight when it comes to repairing the good-performing but discontinued A20.

Larry Anglisano
Larry Anglisano is a regular AVweb contributor and the Editor in Chief of sister publication Aviation Consumer magazine. He's an active land, sea and glider pilot, and has over 30 years experience as an avionics tech.


  1. I hope they’re not going to stop repairing the A20. Both of mine have had their plugs damaged by clumsiness on our part and they’ve been repaired free of charge, including shipping. Both ways, if I recall correctly.

  2. The A20 is terrific, and doesn’t seem like the A30 is much or any of an improvement. Hard to justify the price increase for extra performance.

  3. why no USB charging option? like most everything these days. Use AA batteries as a backup when USB charge port is not available.