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I have been a pilot for years and new to fatherhood. I haven’t flown much since my daughter has been born due in part to a new found respect for mortality. I’m interested in the Cirrus because of traveling with my family and having the CAPS system.
Here are my questions: At what age do you feel it is safe to take children flying? My main concern is the noise and causing hearing damage. What precautions do you take? Is there a good children’s headset?
Thanks in advance for your response.
I’m not a medical doctor. We took our kids up when they were a few weeks old. We tried to put the light weight Bose headsets on them, but they often would tear them off. They are 4 and 2 now and their hearing seems to be perfect. However, the SR22 is pretty loud and it does give me some concern when they don’t wear their headsets. OTOH, many many people, including young children, have flown in planes as loud as the '22 for the last 100 years. I’ve never heard of hearing damage from flying except from pilots of super loud WWII warbirds.
I was concerned about their necks in turbulence, so didn’t want to use anything but the feather weight Bose (QC) headsets when they were infants.
By two years, they will usually wear headsets w/o complaint. We now have the Bose X for both kids.
My wife gets nervous if their O2 sat drops below 90, which means that we are limited to about 10,000’. Most kids don’t like wearing masks.
If you can arrange it, get a pressurized twin. They are a lot quieter and you can fly high w/o the O2 problems.