Yaesu FTA-550AA NAV/COM Aviation Radio

Regular Price: $229.95

Special Price $199.95

Regular Price: $229.95

Special Price $199.95

Availability: In stock

Product ID: 9269A

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.



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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 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-550 AA Comes supplied with: Alkaline battery tray, 12VDC Power cable, Antenna, Belt clip, headset adapter, and USB cable.

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Reviews
4.3 / 5.0
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4.5 / 5
Reliability
4.5 / 5
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4.3 / 5
Ease Of Use
4.3 / 5
Value
4.4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes (14)
No (1)
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Satisfied
Very good radio with all the features I need. I haven’t tried it in the air yet, but it doesn’t seem to have quite the range my old Terra 720 handheld has. One thing I wish it had, was the abilty to use NiCad batteries, instead of alkalines. Very sturdy build and easy to navigate buttons and menus.
January 9, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Good for an emergency
Very scratchy on the ground, but does better in the air.
January 2, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great Radio, Squelch and Battery Life could be better
Great Radio.... I would have rated it 5 stars except for 2 issues..... Both not really severe....

1-Life exhibited by 6 brand new name brand alkaline batteries was only the better part of an afternoon at the Air Field using it to communicate with Medivac Choppers during preparedness drills. Luckily, I had a spare set with me.....
2-The squelch is so sensitive I need to run it all the way up as far as it will go to eliminate noise from anything ranging from aircraft, ground vehicles, or electrical appliances and machinery.
December 29, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Durability
4 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
2 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Sports mislead me. This is not rechragable as sent. No a/c adapter, so basically useless since one never knows when there will be an emergency.
December 15, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Response from Sporty's Pilot Shop
Thank you for the review. The FTA-550AA radio includes an alkaline battery tray for use with AA batteries. The rechargeable version of this radio is the FTA-550L.
December 18, 2018
Doug R
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Love it!
Super comprehensive and easy to use! I recommend getting the rechargeable battery pack and the cradle, since the 6 AA battery pack (which is what it comes with) lasts for only a few hours before you have to buy another 6 AA batteries. Also if you buy the recharging cradle, it doesn't come with the power cable! You have to buy that separately too which I think it should just be included.
November 21, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Works well.
September 28, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great for back up radio.
I've had the 550AA for a few months now and I think it performs well. I primarily use it as a back up radio when flying but I also use as a monitor when at my FBO. I expect to keep for many years.
September 23, 2018
Purchased
8 months ago
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Using 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 menu
July 7, 2018
Purchased
9 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Very nice product
May 27, 2018
Purchased
10 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great!!
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, 2018
Purchased
10 months ago
Question and Answer
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Can the AA rechargeble batteries be used in this Radio?
A shopper on Dec 26, 2016
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?
Brian B on Jan 4, 2018
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 impedance
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.
A shopper on Feb 8, 2019
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?
Raoul W on Dec 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: As the Radio is able to transmit you would need a license. Please go to fcc.gov/uls
Does the USB cable provide power?
Ernest C on Oct 10, 2018
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?
Clint S on Oct 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the radio has side tone.
what is the range of this?
Jade G on Sep 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Range varies. Typically 8-12 miles when airborne.
can this unit use the 7.4V Lithium-Ion as the 550L does?
A shopper on Aug 25, 2018
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?
Mark R on Aug 12, 2018
Yaesu FTA-550AA NAV/COM Aviation Radio
Yaesu FTA-550AA NAV/COM Aviation Radio
Yaesu FTA-550L Pro-X NAV/COM Aviation Radio
Yaesu FTA-550L Pro-X NAV/COM Aviation Radio
BEST 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?
Kurt L on Jul 26, 2018
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?
A shopper on Apr 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, The PTT Switch is item 7818A. List for 24.95.
Does this have glide slope?
William W on Jan 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, it is a localizer.
Is it working with 8.33kHz section ?
Guy G on Nov 18, 2017
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 ?
Jimmy E on Oct 3, 2017
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?
Leslie R on Jul 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It should provided it's not the wireless ones. The radio has an attachment to plug in any dual plug set.
Do you have lithium ion battery for this radio?
Claude H on Jul 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Here's the lithium ion version of the radio: http://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/yaesu-fta-550l-pro-x-airband-transceiver.html
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