Sporty's SP-400 Handheld NAV/COM Aviation Radio

FIVE Year Warranty!

Regular Price: $399.00

Special Price $329.00

Regular Price: $399.00

Special Price $329.00

Availability: In stock

Product ID: 7758A

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Upgraded screen - better contrast and adjustable backlight for improved sunlight readability. 

The award-winning SP-400 is simply the most powerful portable radio you can buy—like having a complete standby radio stack in your flight bag. The all-in-one radio makes a reliable backup for emergency use, but it’s also perfect for listening to ATIS, getting clearances before engine start or just monitoring local traffic.

But a great radio is worthless if it’s hard to use. That’...

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Upgraded screen - better contrast and adjustable backlight for improved sunlight readability. 

The award-winning SP-400 is simply the most powerful portable radio you can buy—like having a complete standby radio stack in your flight bag. The all-in-one radio makes a reliable backup for emergency use, but it’s also perfect for listening to ATIS, getting clearances before engine start or just monitoring local traffic.

But a great radio is worthless if it’s hard to use. That’s why our staff of pilots, flight instructors and aircraft owners spent so much time making the SP-400 intuitive and easy to use. It has all the features you need, but none that you don’t. There are no confusing menus, no memory bands and no complicated squelch buttons—just turn it on and type in a frequency. After all, an emergency is no time to look for an instruction manual. Includes alkaline battery pack, antenna, wrist strap and instruction manual. Measures 5 1/2”h x 2 1/4”w x 1 5/8”d.  Five year warranty.

Why the SP-400 is the pilot-friendly radio:

  • Oversized, high-resolution screen—twice as large as most other radios
  • Enhanced screen backlight with adjustable contrast for better sunlight readability
  • Large, soft keypad is easy to use, even in turbulence
  • No menus or memory banks—just type in the frequency
  • One-handed operation for fast emergency access
  • Unmatched battery life, powered by easy-to-find AAs
  • Quick-change battery pack—switch in just 3 seconds!
  • Backlit screen and keypad
  • Dedicated squelch and volume knobs for precise adjustment

COM

Sp-400 NAV
  • Last frequency flip flop makes it easy to switch back and forth 
  • Visual memory recall shows five memory channels per screen 

NAV

  • Full ILS display—the only portable radio with this feature! 
  • VOR with large CDI display and automatic bearing-to-station readout 

Weather

SP-400 Weather
  • NOAA weather radio receiver built in
  • Nationwide coverage with pre-programmed stations

Emergency

  • Dedicated 121.5 button for instant emergency communications
  • Sidetone—hear yourself talk when using a headset

Aviation Consumer's "Gear of the Year!"

  • "...better than some panel-mounted gear."
  • "Sporty's SP-400 Shines. Its performance is clearly exceptional."
  • "You can easily pick this unit up and use all of its features without touching the manual."
  • "...it's a solid bargain."

Additional Resources

Click Here for Instruction Manual

Click here to view The Aviation Consumers "Portable VHF Radios: Sporty's SP-400 Shines" Article

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh News review

What's the range of portable aviation radios? We went flying to find out. Click here to read the article

Hal Shevers

Founder/Chairman—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

Since our very first product was an aviation radio, I’m partial to our SP-400 Hand-held NAV/COM. It’s an amazingly powerful radio, and one I never could have dreamed of in 1961.

Eric Carnahan

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Good value. Easy to operate. Large buttons and view screen.

Recommended

Shipping costs high.
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Dave | 2/2/2016
Bought a 2nd SP400

Recommended

Purchased the first SP400 about 4 years ago, and still using it on the flight line. Bought this second one for use in the plane, it has some upgraded features, still a good back up for an ILS approach.
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Michael Payne | Instrument | 12/15/2015
Died after 2 years with minimal use

Not Recommended

Worked fine for two years as an emergency back-up and to listen to ATIS, now it won't turn on even with fresh batteries.

SPORTY'S CUSTOMER SERVICE RESPONSE
Thank you for the review, and please accept our apology for the trouble. The SP-400 is backed by a 5-year warranty. Send it in and we'll make sure it gets returned in excellent condition ASAP.
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Royce | ROCHESTER, Illinois, US | Private | 12/8/2015
Wasn't there when I needed it.

Not Recommended

I reluctantly bought this unit as a belt and suspenders back up after reading several reviews citing spotty reliability. I was having Alternator issues and wanted to make sure the issue had been repaired. Pulled this unit out of the flight bag after sitting untouched for 3 years. The unit was dead. Replaced all batteries with known fresh batteries, turned it on...dead. This unit has one purpose 100%, emergency reliability...in that mision it has failed.
I am returning the unit for repair, will update review once I see how Sporty's supports this pricy product.
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Warren | Instrument | 11/6/2015
I am very dissppointed at how easily the screen is scratched. I am very carefull with my equipment and this screen had scratches on it right out of the plastic. The rest of the case appears to have a durable finish to it. Poor build quality for the acc

Not Recommended

I find it interesting that other's made the comment about the screen's soft plastic that is easily marred. I thought it was just my bad luck that I received one that was scratched. Also, probably my inability to learn the process, but it is not intuitive when trying to switch between the two last frequencies used.
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Michael J. Magnusson | Private | 7/28/2015
Works well. Easy to use.

Recommended

Nice radio. Lots of features.
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Steve | 7/20/2015
Good product and fast delivery

Recommended

Will make future purchases from Sportys with confidence.
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Ralph Forbes | Private | 7/16/2015
good

Recommended

glad to have a back up, and at a affordable price.
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Tim Little | 7/11/2015
Works great. Easy to use.

Recommended

So far so good. Haven't used the transmitter yet but the receiver works great.
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Mark del Rey | Private | 7/7/2015
Unreliable

Not Recommended

Had an SP300 purchases in 2005 that would not always come on (with verified fresh batteries). I pitched it after it completely failed. Purchased an SP400 in 2013 (against better judgement it appears) and it has the same problem... Sometimes it will turn on, sometimes it will not, even with fresh batteries, new battery holder etc. the point of this for me is back-up comm. Poor reliability eliminates it as a viable piece of equipment.
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Grant | KATY, Texas, US | Commercial | 7/3/2015

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Can you hook up a handheld mic/speaker to the sp400?
GliderPilot on Jul 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Although I don't have that setup, I would think if your plugs and jacks are standard that it would probably work. I purchased the adapters from Sporty's which plug into the SP400 and then allow you to plug in your headset. You now transmit using the PTT button on the SP400 and headset mic. The side tone generated allows you to hear your transmissions. Received communications are through the headset of course.
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