Yaesu FTA-550L Pro-X 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 featur...Read more

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Promotion valid April 1 - July 31, 2017


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-550L Comes supplied with: Li-Ion battery, 110V and 12VDC charger with cradle, Alkaline battery tray, Antenna, Belt clip, headset adapter, and USB cable.

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4.15 of 5 stars (12 reviews)

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Recommended

This radio appears durable and well built. Operation is easily accomplished with owners manual. This radio is a good value. All accessories included and recently purchased with a $25.00 rebate. The only reason I did not give 5 stars in all categories was due to the short time of ownership.
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Daprile Vic | 4/14/2017
Yaesu 550L

Recommended

Instructions are straight through, the radio is performing as expected, it is easy to use, and programming it has been a breeze with its simple menu... for every region i fly there is a group of frequencies ready to use in case needed! Totally worth the purchase!
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Carlos | MIAMI, Florida, US | 4/7/2017
Poor reception

Not Recommended

Seams to work if you are within 1-2 NM of any aircraft.
Will not be using this for any type of emergency back up for sure
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Joe | Corunna, Ontario, CA | 3/30/2017
Yaesu FTA-550L Pro-X NAV/COM

Recommended

I use this radio daily and it works as expected. Easy to use and easy to program.
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Vincent | GRAVOIS MILLS, Missouri, US | 3/20/2017
Works well.

Recommended

Radio works well overall. First one I got the antenna would not stay on. Battery would not connect in radio and operate unless battery was hanging halfway out. I returned the entire unit, having to pay the shipping. Meanwhile, to add insult to injury, I didn't get the rebate because the new unit arrived after the end date. At least the new unit worked correctly. Takes a bit of practice to learn the menus, but once you do, its easy to use. I like the localizer function, but couldn't justify the expense of the ILS/GPS feature. Sound is clear, but I haven't tried it in flight or with my headset, yet. Small enough to keep in my flight bag as a backup, and to get ATIS before engine startup. I also like the fact that it comes with everything...the Sporty's radio requires purchase of accessories. I got a charger, clamshell for AA battieries, headset adapter, and other features, all in one package. If you actually get one that works the first time around, it might actually serve your needs for the price. If not, expect to pay extra on shipping for their faulty equipment!
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Sandy | RENO, Nevada, US | 5/18/2016
EXCELLENT PROFESSIONAL QUALITY RADIO!

Recommended

My first Nav/Comm radio for emergency use...Very well built, professional quality radio. Highly recommended. Well worth the $ - comes with all the accessories. It's a bit complicated to program the advanced features, but if you take the time to read the manual and follow the directions, it works great...Great product!
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Tom Janko | COLORADO SPGS, Colorado, US | Commercial | 12/21/2015
Great replacement for my SP-400

Recommended

When I was a student pilot I purchased a Sporty's SP-400. I found it to be too bulky, the battery case kept disconnecting when I removed it from my flight bag, and i wanted a rechargeable battery. When I looked at the price to get a rechargeable battery for the Sportys radio and a headset adapter it was half the cost of a new radio so I bit the bullet! Although the Sporty's radio "functioned", they are in a different league from design and value
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Michael Schwartz | Private | 9/14/2015
Great back-up radio

Recommended

This is a great radio. I bought it over the others based on the Yaesu name (also a HAM radio operator), and large screen and keypad. Design is also better looking than others. A lot of other reviewers are complaining about the ILS functionality. To me, this is a tool in the bag I'll never use. I have two primary VORs and back-up GPS that I'll use before I ever pull this out for an approach. Yeah, its a cool selling feature, but don't plan on using it. Also, someone commented that the antenna falls off- he didn't read the manual. BNC connectors have a feature where you have to twist-to-click both on an off. Don't bother with the AA-version. You'll be spending time and money sweating over batteries. This comes with a Li-Ion battery and charger AND the same AA-battery caddy as the cheaper version (but used as a backup). It's worth the $100 more to get this one.

Pros: Easy to use. The controls are great. It comes with plenty of extra goodies (spare AA-battery caddy, twin-plug headset adapter, spare screws for cover, etc). Great sound, VERY loud speaker (normal day use I have it 1/4 way up). Full volume is useful for in the airplane.

Cons: Firmware needed to be updated when I received it. The manual is very vague and upon googling it, the files on Yaesu's website needed to be opened in a special format for it to transfer over. The programming software isn't the most intuitive and will take a few to get used to it. Alternatively, you can program via the radio, but it just takes longer doing it letter-by-letter.
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Alex | LIVE OAK, Florida, US | Private | 5/17/2015
 
Pros:
Comes with rechargeable Li-ion battery pack. This is great, because my last handheld was a battery hog.
Comes with accessories for wall charging, or cigarette lighter charging.
Sealed against the weather.
$25 rebate.
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The instruction manual is a little lacking. For instance, it did not explain how to enter letters for VOR or airport identifiers. I discovered this accidentally, while looking at the quick-reference card.
Likewise, it comes with a USB cable, but no instructions about using it with your computer.

I like it. I use it almost every day. I'm sure any shortcomings in the manual are addressed online.
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Guest | PERRY, Utah, US | Private | 1/19/2015
 

Not Recommended


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The product stated that it is capable of receiving ILS. This is misleading. It does pick up the Localizer of an ILS, but not the Glide Slope. When someone reads ILS, they typically think of the entire package and not just one element. A little disappointed; probably would've purchased the radio with full ILS capabilities.

Good radio for what it actually does, but I would not recommend as Advertised.
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Guest | BUNNLEVEL, North Carolina, US | Commercial | 12/16/2014

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can I use this radio in Europe? does this product meet european safety regulations? DO I need any special adapter dedicated to european electricity 230V?
Tomasz B on Apr 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This radio does not comply with the 8.33 spacing. You would also need and adapter for the 230v.
Can you get radials and distance from VORs to your position?
nathan m on Nov 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Radials yes distance no.
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