Yaesu FTA-550AA NAV/COM Aviation Radio

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Regular Price: $229.95

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Regular Price: $229.95

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Product ID: 9269A

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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 N...Read more

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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
4.4 / 5.0
38 Reviews
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4.6 / 5
Reliability
4.6 / 5
Performance
4.4 / 5
Ease Of Use
4.3 / 5
Value
4.5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes (19)
No (1)
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
This 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, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great 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, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Very 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, 2019
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
Good radio and good price. Serves my needs to talk to students
May 1, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Good solid aviation radio
The 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, 2019
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
Excellent Radio
Many years of use at this point. Would buy again. Quality is a 10.
April 13, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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
6 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
7 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
7 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
7 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
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 this radio come with headset adapter, or do I have to buy the one for $34.95? Thanks.
G Z on Jul 2, 2019
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!
Brian W on May 6, 2019
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 550L has a Li-Ion battery.
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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