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 (store 20 total) 

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
 

Why we recommend AA batteries

You'll notice the SP-400 comes standard with a AA battery pack - not a rechargeable lithium-ion or NiMH pack. We believe this is the right answer for almost all pilots. While a rechargeable battery is great for a smartphone you use every day, it is less suitable for a backup radio that may languish in a flight bag for weeks at a time. In an emergency, you have to know your radio will turn on, and forgetting to charge your lithium battery is a common mistake. The standard SP-400 battery pack holds 8 AA batteries (two more than most other radios). That sounds minor, but it leads to a big improvement in battery life. We often get over 40 hours of use from an SP-400 battery pack, when most of the time is spent receiving and not transmitting. 

Of course we offer a rechargeable battery pack for the SP-400 if you so desire. This is a good option for pilots who fly more frequently or for FBO use. Whichever option you choose, we believe you'll get great performance and long battery life from Sporty's radio.

 

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

Ask a Pilot Expert—Customer Service

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Would You Recommend?
Yes (21)
No (2)
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Charlie
I would recommend. It would be an improvement if the screen were 1/2 inch wider and taller.
April 18, 2018
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
RECOMMEND THIS RADIO TO ANYBODY
SO FAR VERY HAPPY WITH RADIO FOUND IT TO BE VERY EASY TO OPERATE SIMPLY AND TO THE POINT !
April 9, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
I like it, but poor sound quality.
I am pretty impressed, but I cannot hear things very well. The reception seems good, but the speaker quality has insufficient power and clarity.
April 7, 2018
Durability
1 / 5
Reliability
1 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
2 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Battery Case is Aweful
I have had my radio since 2011 and have had to replace the battery case twice because the latch either wouldn’t hold the case on or the latch broke off. Well, it happened again. Sorry, but if the battery case won’t stay on the radio reliability is poor. Like other reviewers, I think the radio is generally very good, just poorly designed.
April 4, 2018
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
My Sportys SP-400 Radio Purchase
Very happy with delivery day being meet. Radio works well although I am still learning the functions.
February 6, 2018
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
A good unit, especially f/the price, but the instructions need to be better
I live ~7 miles f/the airport; maybe slightly less in a straight line. The unit is able to pick up the tower & planes overhead. I'm impressed w/the quality & features. But I feel the instructions on how to use it are lacking. I know a # of people said it was 'intuitive'. Sorry but I disagree. Other than the learning curve, I think this is a solid unit & appears to have good range, esp. w/th strong/new batteries.
February 1, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
OUTSTANDING
I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS ITEM TO ANYONE. THEY WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
January 30, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great product with super Warrenty
Easy to use ils(+radio, +vor), great bright display and a super warranty, the display died after 4+ years and the warranty fixed it - but then it got lost in the post....but here I´m sitting with a brand new in my hand - that´s what I call a super warranty !!!
Many pilots doubt the power of the ils because of the small antenna, but it really works fine for me.
January 22, 2018
Purchased
5 months ago
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great value
Great little radio. Good reception and easy to use. The plastic case makes me a bit concerned about it’s reliability but time will tell. Great value.
December 31, 2017
Purchased
4 months ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Set up of frequencies
Still having difficulty setting in various frequencies.
No instruction manual came with radio to assist in setting up while radio in hand.
December 14, 2017
Purchased
4 months ago
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