FlightLink is the free, proprietary app that adds enhanced functionality to all Lightspeed headsets.
FlightLink works seamlessly with Lightspeed headsets manufactured since 2012 (Zulu 2 and 3, Sierra, Tango, and PFX) to record and playback incoming and outgoing communications. Older Zulu 2 and Sierra headsets may qualify for a factory•installed retrofit at a nominal fee. For more information on a retrofit contact Lightspeed Customer Care by phone 800.332.2421 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When combined with the Zulu PFX ANR headset, FlightLink's enhanced capabilities include recording via Bluetooth and the ability to set a variety of personal audio and operational preferences.
FlightLink Recording Features
FlightLink is perfect for any pilot flying with an iPad or iPhone who wants to capture and retrieve in•flight communication. It is also a valuable tool for flight training at all levels because of its ability to capture the intercom communication of instructional flights.
• Record all activity over the intercom, including inbound and outbound transmissions, and in•cabin conversation.
• Instantly play back ATC calls or other communications from any point within the last two minutes of recording.
• Create a permanent archive of all flight communications for post•flight briefing and training.
• Store your recording library on your iPhone or iPad, and access them with the iOS Files app or iTunes on a Mac or PC.
• Take handwritten notes on iPads and use Apple Pencil or Pencil 2 on supported iPads.
• Easily transfer files via AirDrop
FlightLink Personal Preference Features (With Zulu PFX headsets only)
In addition to its recording features, FlightLink•s enhanced capabilities allow Zulu PFX headset users to adjust a variety of audio and operational settings, creating a personalized flying experience. For example:
• Customize audio settings for different aircraft or users
• Fine tune audio response for maximum voice clarity and music fidelity
• Use the Voice Clarity• option to boost frequencies common in human speech without impacting the quality of music from auxiliary devices
• View remaining battery life with the battery level indicator
• Enable / disable audible low battery alert
• Choose Auto Shutoff• delay intervals
• Save custom settings in up to three personal profiles
The ability to set and save other audio and operational preferences through FlightLink is only available on the Zulu PFX headset.
• Improved user experience with faster scrolling
• Supports iPhone X/S, XR, XS Max, and all iPad Pro models
• Completely rewritten for iOS 12, but still works with older versions
• Supports multitasking and split screen on iPads
• Supports iOS Files app to access your recordings
• Supports Apple Pencil or Pencil 2 for notes on iPad
• Supports double•tap gesture with Pencil 2
• Saves your notes for future reference
• Visualizes your recording using the new recording details screen
• Allows you to share your recordings and notes using iOS sharing services
• Provides improved file management and sharing
• Supports Airdrop
Ratings and Reviews
Prettier ... but at the price of functionality...
1. They removed the time display scrubber on playback so you have no clue where you are time wise. If you make a note based on the time while recording ... you'll NEVER find it on playback.
2. When the recordings folder opens the oldest recordings are first. Dddoooohhhh ... don’t you think you would want to see what you just recorded first?
Nice update! Thanx for taking care of it!
*Still crashes while multitasking
**Double tap gesture not working with pencil 2
***Would be great to have slider like in previous version
****Would be nice to change the thickness of writing line
Zulu 2 headset settings
There is one DIP switch setting you’ll want to check. Open up the battery door of the headset’s controller and remove the battery to find the switches. Switch 6, labeled “Leave Off” in current models, needs to be in the ON position if you want to record everything you hear including the radio and other passengers. In the OFF position, just the headset microphone is connected to the recorder and it’s unsquelched, meaning you’ll hear plenty of background noise when you’re not talking. But with the switch ON, recordings are excellent and identical to what you hear in your headset.
I’ve been a Lightspeed user for more than ten years, and have continually traded in my older headsets for newer versions under the Trade Up program. If you have the original Zulu headset as I did, you’ll need to trade-up to the Zulu.2 headset. And if you owned a Zulu.2 headset prior to the FlightLink app launch in late July, you’ll need to pay $69 to get your headset upgraded to a newer version of the Zulu.2 that works with the app.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.