4.0 / 5.025 ReviewsDurability4.5 / 5Reliability4.2 / 5Performance3.9 / 5Ease Of Use3.9 / 5Value4.1 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (7)No (3)Would You Recommend?YesOctober 14, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability2 / 5Performance2 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?NoThe unit itself is solid but the range tests so far have not been goodAugust 7, 2019Purchased
3 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesHandheld RadioJust used this for the first time today. Talked to Knoxville Approach going into Downtown Island in Knoxville TN. Radio in the 172 I was flying was coming in very low and broken. This worked great from 20 miles out when I called them to transit their class C airspace.
Hope to never use the LOC in IMC out of necessity but glad it is always with me.April 29, 2019Purchased
7 months agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value4 / 5Good system but did upgrade to the higher model with GPSFebruary 9, 2019Purchased
9 months agoPerformance1 / 5Would You Recommend?NoNo support behind this productI bought this radio throu Sporty's. The order experince and mailing of the product was very good.
When i started programming frequencies into the radio, i had an issue. I first contacted Sporty's who instructed me to reach out to Yaesu. I did try to reach someone at Yaesu 4 times (2 via form submission and 2 via phone) but with no luck and no response back.
The radio might be good, however, when the product has a lousy support behind it, it is not good anymore.February 3, 2019Purchased
10 months agoDurability3 / 5Reliability1 / 5Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value1 / 5Would You Recommend?NoBuy the sportys radio instead.Transmit capabilitiy is week. The tower always complains about static and weak transmission. Doesn’t matter how close I am. Doesn’t work well with external mic. There is an article comparing handhelds. The sportys version won out. Get that one.January 26, 2019Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesExcellent backup radioOverall, a very good backup radio. The option to have both a LiIon battery and AA battery tray is handy, as is the ease with which the headset adapter works. My only complaint is that the antenna doesn't seat very firmly and pulls off too easily.January 6, 2019Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Sports pilot shop rocks!Great little hand held, and great bundle of value!January 2, 2019Purchased
11 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesPortable and suits my needs while flying.Easy to use and the range is exceptionally good. I use this radio to listen to radio traffic for training and it will also be my backup in the event I lose onboard radio systems while flying.December 8, 2018Purchased
11 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesYeasu 550LIts take little effort to program ,once you learn how to use it ,its the best value for you $. I Call sporty's Customer service for a question they were supper nice and helpful.January 18, 2018
- Question and Answer
Browse 12 questions Browse 12 questions and 11 answersIs 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-550L Pro-X NAV/COM Aviation RadioBEST ANSWER: The 550L has a Li-Ion battery.can I use this radio in Europe? does this product meet european safety regulations? DO I need any special adapter dedicated to european electricity 230V?BEST ANSWER: This radio does not comply with the 8.33 spacing. You would also need and adapter for the 230v.Does it come with programming software?BEST ANSWER: The software is available from the manufacturer’s website.what is different about the pro x over the regular 550L?BEST ANSWER: There is no difference. The Pro-x is the manufacturers' name for the radio. Both are the same radio.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-550L Pro-X NAV/COM Aviation RadioBEST ANSWER: The Li-Ion will provide approximately 16 - 20 hours. The AA will proved between 10-14 hours.Looking at the q&a, it says the 550 radio is compatible for 8.33 Khz spacing, and then 2 questions down it says it is not usable in Europe because it doesn’t have 8.33 Khz spacing. So which one is correct ? And what about the 750 ?Yaesu FTA-550L Pro-X NAV/COM Aviation RadioBEST ANSWER: The radio is able to receive on 8.33 spacing but is not capable of transmitting on 8.33 spacing.Is this radio legal to have in the US? Would you need a license?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is legal. Please see www.fcc.gov for licensing requirements.What mic would work with this?BEST ANSWER: The microphone is an item 7010.Is it 8.33 compatible?BEST ANSWER: It is 8.33 kHz compatible for receiving and transmitting.Is a helicopter plug available for this radio?BEST ANSWER: Robert,
Yes. Using the headset adapter that comes with the FTA-550L
You need -
Twin GA Plug Headset to Helicopter Adapter Cable
From sporty's to make the connection to the helicopter plug in.
JohnCan you get radials and distance from VORs to your position?BEST ANSWER: Radials yes distance no.Does the antenna fit in the Sporty’s handheld radio gear mod pocket?
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