Yaesu FTA-550AA NAV/COM Aviation Radio

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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 ...Read more

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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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For the safe pilot

Recommended

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.
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Tyler Nack | 2/19/2017
Great value!

Recommended

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.
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JohnG | EAGLE, Idaho, US | 2/9/2017
Not as good as it could be

Not Recommended

Next time I will spend more money on a better product.
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Waylon | 1/17/2017
good buy

Recommended

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.
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Nick H | 12/31/2016
Great Radio

Recommended

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!!!
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Cameron | AMELIA, Ohio, US | 12/28/2016
Fantastic

Recommended

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
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>Gordon | MANTENO, Illinois, US | 9/14/2016
Very satisfied

Recommended

Good product that is well worth its cost.
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Rafael Garcia | 6/12/2016
Good quality

Recommended

This thing works as advertised. Seems to be well made, durable and it works great.
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M Holt | Commercial | 1/9/2016
Great Radio for price

Recommended

Radio works great.
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Jesse | 11/24/2015
AA rechargeable battery's don't last very long go pay the extra $100 for the lithium battery to avoid headache and stress.

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GREAT RADIO had to use it 2x when radio failed in flight.
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Roger | RENTON, Washington, US | 4/12/2015

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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 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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