4.4 / 5.037 ReviewsDurability4.6 / 5Reliability4.6 / 5Performance4.4 / 5Ease Of Use4.3 / 5Value4.4 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (19)No (1)Durability5 / 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
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGood radio and good price. Serves my needs to talk to studentsMay 1, 2019Purchased
1 month 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
1 month 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
over 2 years agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSatisfiedVery 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, 2019Purchased
4 months agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGood for an emergencyVery scratchy on the ground, but does better in the air.January 2, 2019Purchased
5 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat Radio, Squelch and Battery Life could be betterGreat 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, 2018Purchased
5 months agoDurability4 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value2 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSports 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, 2018Purchased
5 months agoResponse from Sporty's Pilot ShopThank 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, 2018Doug RDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesLove 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, 2018Purchased
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- Question and Answer
Browse 17 questions Browse 17 questions and 24 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 impedanceIs 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.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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