4.4 / 5.042 ReviewsDurability4.6 / 5Reliability4.5 / 5Performance4.4 / 5Ease Of Use4.3 / 5Value4.4 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (22)No (2)Durability5 / 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
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesLove this radio only thing I dislike is I wish the outer knob of the volume that’s used to change through frequencies was used for squelch and then be able to push the button that is for squelch to change frequency if you don’t lock it, it can be very easy to get off frequency that’s just my personal opinion and maybe I’m just picky but I love itSeptember 30, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability3 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value1 / 5Would You Recommend?NoNo transmission strength, waste of moneyI was at my towered field, 1000 feet from the tower and couldn't reach them. What a waste of money.September 2, 2019Purchased
3 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat radioIts volume is great and has descent reception well lit at nite
The vor and ils functions work well
Well builtAugust 8, 2019Purchased
4 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5This in my opinion is the best value you will find. Great radio and does as advertised with outstanding instructions. Easy to use and dislike some other reviews I like the life span of the batteries.June 25, 2019Purchased
5 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat little radio for the $$I've had this radio right about a year and it's saved me more money in rental fees than it cost by far. I use it to get the ATIS in a cooler and free location before getting in the plane. I've also used it a couple times in the air for nav. Takes a little time to get used to the way its set up and then its easy to use. Definitely can;t use it sitting in the car watching planes at the airport as it's very sensitive, but you want it to be! Batteries are great and life seems to be longer than you think. I always have AA Batteries lying around, but I can't necessarily wait for a Li-Ion battery to charge up. I would definitely buy again.May 21, 2019Purchased
1 year agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesVery nice radio for a back up!Nice radio! A little time consuming to program but, once you figure out the pattern it goes fast. I was not able to down load the program from the web site??May 3, 2019Purchased
7 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGood radio and good price. Serves my needs to talk to studentsMay 1, 2019Purchased
7 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGood solid aviation radioThe 550AA is very high quality. The interface is fairly intuitive if all you want to do is tune a frequency and talk but I highly recommend reading the manual to get the most out of the unit. Also, make sure to twist the antenna connector. This is fairly obvious but it seems other users just pushed it on and didn’t understand why it fell off.April 22, 2019Purchased
7 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesExcellent RadioMany years of use at this point. Would buy again. Quality is a 10.April 13, 2019Purchased
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- Question and Answer
Browse 19 questions Browse 19 questions and 26 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.Does 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.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 impedanceDo 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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