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Sennheiser Flies with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets

Toronto, Canada, July 2010: Sennheiser Canada, premier provider of aviation headsets as well as consumer and professional audio devices, is a proud supporter of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and the Air Cadet League of Canada (ACLC).

The annual support that Sennheiser provides to the Air Cadets is threefold. First Sennheiser contributes an HME 110 aviation headset to each of the winners of the Industry sponsored Power Pilot Scholarships. Second, each of the twelve finalists at the Air Cadet Effective Speaking Competition is presented with the Sennheiser/Adidas PMX 680 earphones. Finally, perhaps least glamorously but most substantively, the cadets are provided with critical information regarding hearing loss induced by a lifetime exposed to loud ambient cockpit noise and how to mitigate these effects using Sennheiser noise reduction technology and other means.


cadets earn Aviation and Aerospace Industry sponsored Power Pilot Scholarships based on proficiency demonstrated on their flying examination results. “The HME 110 headset provides 24dB of passive noise attenuation along with industry leading audio performance,” stated Tim Mell, business director, aviation at Sennheiser Canada. “These young aviators will benefit from Sennheiser’s state-of-the-art technology during their flight training and hopefully throughout their aviation careers.”

Cockpit noise levels often exceed 85dB, and flight crews must endure this noise for long periods of time. “Hearing damage is a very real danger for pilots,” said Jean Langlais, president of Sennheiser Canada, and also a licensed pilot. “Close to 50% of pilots at age sixty have diagnosable hearing loss, compared to only 15% of the general population at the same age.” Sennheiser’s proprietary active noise reduction technology, Noisegard(tm), dramatically reduces cockpit noise, enhancing the crew’s ability to hear alarms or other important audio signals while improving the clarity of radio communications. Noisegard is currently in use on the flight deck on over 180 airlines.

In keeping with the Air Cadet’s focus on leadership and citizenship, the twelve Air Cadet League Provincial/Territorial Committees select winners from the thousand of participants in Effective Speaking Competitions at the local Squadron and Wing levels. The twelve winners come together in the National finals held during the ACLC’s Annual Meeting. Sennheiser awards the winners with a PMX 680 earphone. Designed to provide impressive performance under intense conditions, the PMX 680 is not only a benefit during cadet physical fitness training but serves as a poetic ode to each finalist’s gift for public speaking.

“The Air Cadet League of Canada is very pleased and grateful to have Sennheiser Canada as one of its premier partners in support of our Air Cadets, who are situated in 455 squadrons located in every province and territory in Canada,” enthused Grant S. Fabes, national president, Air Cadet League of Canada. “These young men and women are the future leaders of our great country, and the League thanks Sennheiser for playing a part in their development.”

Sennheiser President Jean Langlais stated, “Sennheiser’s commitment to the Air Cadet League of Canada is in full recognition of the important work this great institution is performing in shaping tomorrows leaders within the aviation community as well as in our society in general.” Sennheiser Canada salutes the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, their leaders, 4,300 volunteers, and over 500,000 Canadians actively involved in Air Cadet League activities.

ABOUT THE AIR CADET LEAGUE OF CANADA Established in 1941 in response to World War II, the Air Cadet League of Canada and the Air Cadet program now trains and inspires young men and women between the ages of twelve and eighteen in the areas of citizenship, leadership, physical fitness, and, true to its heritage, aviation. Approximate enrollment stands at 24,000, and two out of every three commercial pilots in Canada can trace their aviation origins to the Air Cadets.

ABOUT SENNHEISER Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in sixty countries around the world through long-term distribution partners and subsidiaries in France, UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA. Sennheiser’s technology is produced in manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the United States. Their pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy and the Scientific and Engineering Award (of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). The Sennheiser Group is proud to be affiliated with Georg Neumann (world leading studio microphones), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications that brings their award winning technology to headsets for PCs, offices and contact centers.

OTHER BRANDS DISTRIBUTED BY SENNHEISER CANADA Neumann, Klein+Hummel, Innovason, L-ACOUSTICS, Kling & Freitag, K-array, Yellowtec, Televic

Photo Captions FIRST IMAGE: F/Sgt. Edgar Gallant being presented with the Sennheiser HME 110 by his supervising officer Mathew MacPherson. SECOND IMAGE: F/Sgt. Edgar Gallant taking his Sennheiser HME 110 for a test run.