Yaesu FTA-550AA NAV/COM Aviation Radio

Regular Price: $229.95

Special Price $199.95

Regular Price: $229.95

Special Price $199.95

Availability: In stock

Product ID: 9269A

The YAESU FTA-550 is packed with features, yet very affordable. With an oversize full dot matrix LCD display, the FTA-550 Airband Transceiver provides full communication on the Aircraft communications Band and additionally provides VOR and localizer navigation features on the "NAV" band. The FTA-550 includes NOAA weather band monitoring and the capability of programming up to 200 memory channels with a quick and easy channel recall feature.



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The YAESU FTA-550 is packed with features, yet very affordable. With an oversize full dot matrix LCD display, the FTA-550 Airband Transceiver provides full communication on the Aircraft communications Band and additionally provides VOR and localizer navigation features on the "NAV" band. The FTA-550 includes NOAA weather band monitoring and the capability of programming up to 200 memory channels with a quick and easy channel recall feature.

Features:
• 5 Watts TX Output Power (Airband: AM 5W P.E.P. type, 1.5W carrier)
• Huge 1.7" x 1.7" Full Dot Matrix display (160 x 160 Dots)
• VOR Navigation Display
• NOAA Weather Channel receive
• NOAA Weather Alert
• 200 Memory Channels with 15 alphanumeric characters
• Back-lit Keypad and display with dimmer
• Water Protection -IPX5 Rating
• Loud Audio (800 mW)

FTA-550 AA Comes supplied with: Alkaline battery tray, 12VDC Power cable, Antenna, Belt clip, headset adapter, and USB cable.

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Customer Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
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4.4 / 5
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4.3 / 5
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4.3 / 5
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4.2 / 5
Value
4.3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
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Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
It should be a standard to put in your bag. remember it needs alkaline batteries.
September 29, 2017
Purchased
1 month ago
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
2 / 5
Value
3 / 5
OK Handheld I guess...
As a transceiver and backup radio - its a good radio, but the operationally, its not that intuitive The default frequency list that gets created is separate from the memory scan list, I have not been able to figure out how to erase and start over on the primary frequency list the 'memory book' list can be programed with a free program - this is a nice feature - you can supposedly scan the memory program but not the page list (at least I cannot figure out how). There needs to be a tutorial video or better instructions for this radio. I'll make it work, but wish I was able to try before I purchased it. Basically, if you set it up on one frequency and use it that way, its a great transceiver, but to use it for cross country and such can be an added distraction. One additional note - the pigtail adapter for the headsets requires a screwdriver to install and and remove, so if you carry it around to listen to traffic, this pigtail needs to be removed, but if you want to actually use your headsets when your flying, you need to physically install the adapter - this is NOT plug and play - another disappointment.
June 5, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
For the safe pilot
I bought this shortly after getting my private license. I wish I got this sooner to listen to the local class C airspace as a student. Regardless, this purchase was driven by my peace of mind and I love playing with it at home or listening in during house chores. This radio feels good in your hand and has programming features to prepare for a cross country emergency. My first Yaesu purchase and I'll look for their products again.
February 20, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Great value!
This is my first handheld radio. I found myself with both my #1 and #2 radios inoperative recently and decided to purchase a handheld for backup. This radios contains all the functionality I need and is very easy to operate. Being a technical geek and working in IT, I love technology... this is almost too easy to use as I started out overthinking its use. Excellent value.
February 9, 2017
Durability
2 / 5
Reliability
2 / 5
Performance
2 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Not as good as it could be
Next time I will spend more money on a better product.
January 17, 2017
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
good buy
Just got it today and played around with it. Battery tray is tight going in and the antenna is solid when connected correctly, it will rotate however. Menu options seem simple enough, its easier to program everything on the computer. The updates are tricky. You must download the yaesue program, the device drivers and the firmware, unzip them, extract them all to the same folder. From their run the yaesu program, go through the steps. Follow the firmware update pdf, you want to update the firmware by using the firmware.exe (you have the download it and extract it, not just open it from your browser). Ill update a post review in a few months, so far i like the radio, seems like a good deal, couldnt justify the 100 for a lipo battery/charging station. those would be nice if included but i did get the headset adapter included (if you use it, its locked in with retention screws). The radio does have a small base so it is a little tipsy on anything but a smooth/flat surface. I've used Icom and i would have got that but for the price you dont get a backlit keyboard, which is important to me.
January 1, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Great Radio
This is a great radio that is reliable and easy to use. It doesn't take long to figure out and is easy to navigate through the features. I use it for flight instructing and plane spotting. Definitely recommend!!!
December 28, 2016
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Fantastic
This is a great little radio, it fits easily into my flight bag. The instructions are very easy to understand and the radio is easy to use. I am really happy with my purchase
September 14, 2016
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Very satisfied
Good product that is well worth its cost.
June 12, 2016
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Good quality
This thing works as advertised. Seems to be well made, durable and it works great.
January 9, 2016
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Can the AA rechargeble batteries be used in this Radio?
A shopper on Dec 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No. The radio does com with an SBT-12 battery tray that will hold 6 'AA" alkaline batteries that can be substituted for the Lithium Ion rechargeable pack but the manual, page 12,specifically states that rechargeable batteries must not be used because the SBT-12 does not contain the required thermal and over-current protection circuits for Ni-CD and Ni-MH cells.
is there a factory rebate at the present , or one coming up in the near future ?
Jimmy E on Oct 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is currently no rebate on this radio. I do not know if one is coming in the future.
Is this compatible with the Zulu lightspeed headset?
Leslie R on Jul 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It should provided it's not the wireless ones. The radio has an attachment to plug in any dual plug set.
Do you have lithium ion battery for this radio?
Claude H on Jul 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Here's the lithium ion version of the radio: http://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/yaesu-fta-550l-pro-x-airband-transceiver.html
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