4.4 / 5.025 ReviewsDurability4.5 / 5Reliability4.4 / 5Performance4.4 / 5Ease Of Use4.2 / 5Value4.4 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (7)No (1)Would You Recommend?YesUsing mine for a year now in Europe and i‘m super happy with it, bought this one for friends. Icom was simply too late with the 8,33 version. Love the big display and the easy to operate menuJuly 7, 2018Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesMay 27, 2018Purchased
4 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat!!It’s a great VHF and all the ILS and VOR component is really nice to have to fly over Africa.Great service from the order to the delivery.Would recommend your store to anyone who needs to buy aviation related equipments.May 26, 2018Purchased
4 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat radio. Literally two days after receiving had a total loss of radios both number 1 and 2. Worked great and got me home but would suggest putting in the adapter for your headset before putting in your flight bag. Hard to do in the airplane while managing everything else.May 3, 2018Purchased
5 months agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?NoBatteriesEven with rechargeable batteries the unit drains them down quickly. In addition, when plugged into the 12V adapter, it does not charge the batteries, it only powers the unit.March 31, 2018Purchased
6 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGood radio and priceI have only had it a week and so far its good. Ive had Yaseau ham radios for years so that made my decision easy on brand.
So far so good.January 22, 2018Purchased
8 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesI had to replace the antenna...was loose from day 1, otherwise very good.January 3, 2018Durability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesIt should be a standard to put in your bag. remember it needs alkaline batteries.September 29, 2017Purchased
1 year agoReliability5 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use2 / 5Value3 / 5OK 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, 2017Durability5 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5For the safe pilotI 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
- Question and Answer
Browse 11 questions Browse 11 questions and 17 answersCan the AA rechargeble batteries be used in this Radio?BEST ANSWER: Yes AA rechargeble batteries can be used, but the batteries have to be removed to charge them.I only need to listen to ATIS or AWOS, not transmit. Does this have a 3.5MM port that i can plug into my headset to listen only?BEST ANSWER: I responded to this email a couple of hours ago, but on further reflection the answer may be as simple as using the SCU-15 headset adapter cable supplied with the FTA-550 AA radio, and plugging the headset .25" plug into the headset jack of the SCU-15 adapter cable and leave the microphone jack on the SCU-15 adapter cable disconnected. If Brian B. wants to use a headset with a 3.5mm plug, he can purchase a 3.5mm jack to .25" plug adapter. His headset or earphones should have an 8 ohm impedancecan this unit use the 7.4V Lithium-Ion as the 550L does?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will use that battery pack.What is the battery life comparison between the Li-Ion and AA versions? About how many hours do each last with constant monitoring and occasional transmissions?Yaesu FTA-550AA NAV/COM Aviation RadioBEST ANSWER: The Li-Ion will provide approximately 16 - 20 hours. The AA will proved between 10-14 hours.does this require a license? How do you obtain one if you do? What is the range of this radio?BEST ANSWER: If used in the aircraft no it does not require a license. If used for other purposes please go to www.fcc.gov for license information.Is there a ptt switch available for this radio?BEST ANSWER: Yes, The PTT Switch is item 7818A. List for 24.95.Does this have glide slope?BEST ANSWER: No, it is a localizer.Is it working with 8.33kHz section ?BEST ANSWER: The radio will receive with the 8.33 kHz but will not transmit with 8.33 kHz.is there a factory rebate at the present , or one coming up in the near future ?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?BEST ANSWER: It should provided it's not the wireless ones. The radio has an attachment to plug in any dual plug set.
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