Customer Reviews4.4 / 5.051 ReviewsDurability4.6 / 5Reliability4.6 / 5Performance4.4 / 5Ease Of Use4.3 / 5Value4.5 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (30)No (2)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGood buy, highly recommend.This was a replacement for an older Yaesu. I like the 550 much better than the prior model. It is a better hand fit being somewhat larger. I did a transceiver check between hangars, which is often a dead spot for all comms. The airport ground control reported hearing loud and clear, as I did them. Very pleased with this purchase and the performance of this transceiver. I used Sporty's comparison app with several models before deciding on the specific radio I would purchase. The entire process resulted in a smooth buying experience. I have had this product for about two weeks and my ratings are based on that time experience.August 2, 2020Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesJuly 23, 2020Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat value in a hand-held.Easy to use with an intuitive interface. Bright visible screen and excellent audio both transmitting and receiving. All in all an excellent value.June 17, 2020Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesNice radioSimple radio with decent range. Can hear tower communication 5-7 miles out from inside the house. The lower powered radios in aircraft are harder to pick up. Works great at the airport to hear ATIS rather than turning on the aircraft electronics.May 11, 2020Purchased
3 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat PurchaseI have not had the chance to put it through its pace (due to the lock down) but this units promises to be a great flight bag must. I live about 25 miles (mountainous terrain) from TJSJ and I can lock in all frequencies with great reception.I can definitely listen very well and I am about 25 miles from our airport TJSJ.March 26, 2020Purchased
4 months agoDurability3 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value3 / 5Good enoughIt’s fine. Does what it said but should have gone with the pj2. Doing head set is a real pain. Once you attach the adapter even without the headset the speaker stops workingMarch 16, 2020Purchased
5 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat Little RadioI run a small flight school and we are in the same area as the FBO. We can hear the FBO radio for unicom, but can’t really use their radio to talk. Bought this to communicate with our planes in the pattern and local area. Instructors love it. AA batteries work well and last along time the way we use it. Like it much better than the rechargeable one we had before.December 30, 2019Purchased
1 year agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat RadioEasy setup and locating of channels. Just wish I had bought one that recharges.December 24, 2019Purchased
8 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesDecember 10, 2019Purchased
8 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat for backupI have only played with this radio so far, no real use in the plane yet. I live 10 miles from the airport and it picks up my local tower and if I get out of the house it will pick up the VOR. Everything seems easy to use and I feel like it came with a lot of features and functions for the price when comparing to other radios.
This will primarily be a back up in case something happens in the cockpit so I do not anticipate heavy every day use. For that reason I went with less expensive and functional. I will always carry spare batteries just in case, not a huge inconvenience to have in my flight bag anyway.
If anything fails on it while it's still "new" i'll update the review.October 15, 2019Purchased
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- Question and Answer
Browse 24 questions Browse 24 questions and 34 answersDoes this radio come with headset adapter, or do I have to buy the one for $34.95? Thanks.BEST ANSWER: FTA-550 AA Comes supplied with: Alkaline battery tray, 12VDC Power cable, Antenna, Belt clip, headset adapter, and USB cable.Is the only difference between this model and the Yaesu FTA-550AA NAV/COM Aviation Radio model that this one comes with the option of using AAs or the rechargeable Li-Ion battery and the 550AA model only takes AAs? Almost $100 difference in price. Just making sure that's the only difference. TIA!Yaesu FTA-550AA NAV/COM Aviation RadioBEST ANSWER: The 550L has a Li-Ion battery.Can 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.How’s the mileage on the walkie talkie?BEST ANSWER: Still works great. It will use up battery more than I expected but that depends on usage. Overall I would say I am very satisfied with this product.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 nav and com functions be used at same time?BEST ANSWER: I do not believe so as the radio can only tune one station at a time.What is the difference between the 550 and the 550aa?BEST ANSWER: The 550L has a lithium Ion battery the 550aa uses AA batteries.Can I use this for ILS / localizer approaches?BEST ANSWER: Only in and emergency.Does it come with a battery charging unit thanks?BEST ANSWER: It does not come with a charging unit as this is the battery model. It does come with a cigarette lighter adapter.Do you need to be a licensed pilot to buy this? What about student pilots?BEST ANSWER: You do not need to be a licensed pilot. When used in the aircraft you do not need a license.Does the belt clip come with it? Do not see it in the photo although it is listed in the description. I want to be sure.BEST ANSWER: Yes, the radio includes the belt clip.I will use it strictly to monitor only (no transmission) control tower while flying my drone. Do I need a license for such use?BEST ANSWER: As the Radio is able to transmit you would need a license. Please go to fcc.gov/ulsDoes the USB cable provide power?BEST ANSWER: The USB Cable provides a connection to the computer for programming.With the headset plugged in can you hear yourself through your headset when talking?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the radio has side tone.what is the range of this?BEST ANSWER: Range varies. Typically 8-12 miles when airborne.can 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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