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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4.3 / 5
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4.4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes (27)
No (2)
Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Nice radio
Simple 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, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great Purchase
I 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.
I can definitely listen very well and I am about 25 miles from our airport TJSJ.
March 26, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Good enough
It’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 working
March 16, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great Little Radio
I 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, 2019
Purchased
10 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great Radio
Easy setup and locating of channels. Just wish I had bought one that recharges.
December 24, 2019
Purchased
6 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Very satisfied!
December 10, 2019
Purchased
6 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great for backup
I 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, 2019
Purchased
8 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Love 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 it
September 30, 2019
Purchased
8 months ago
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
3 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
No transmission strength, waste of money
I was at my towered field, 1000 feet from the tower and couldn't reach them. What a waste of money.
September 2, 2019
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
Great radio
Its volume is great and has descent reception well lit at nite
The vor and ils functions work well
Well built
August 8, 2019
Purchased
10 months ago
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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.
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.
How’s the mileage on the walkie talkie?
Amaya on Jan 3, 2020
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?
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
What is the difference between the 550 and the 550aa?
A shopper on Dec 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The 550L has a lithium Ion battery the 550aa uses AA batteries.
Can I use this for ILS / localizer approaches?
Vedant N on Nov 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Only in and emergency.
Does it come with a battery charging unit thanks?
A shopper on Nov 21, 2019
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?
Jeffrey L on Nov 20, 2019
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.
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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