Sporty's SP-400 Handheld NAV/COM Aviation Radio

FIVE Year Warranty!

Regular Price: $399.00

Special Price $329.00

Regular Price: $399.00

Special Price $329.00

Availability: In stock

Product ID: 7758A

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Upgraded screen - better contrast and adjustable backlight for improved sunlight readability. 

The award-winning SP-400 is simply the most powerful portable radio you can buy—like having a complete standby radio stack in your flight bag. The all-in-one radio makes a reliable backup for emergency use, but it’s also perfect for listening to ATIS, getting clearances before engine start or just monitoring local traffic.

But a great radio is worthless if it’s hard to use. That’...

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Upgraded screen - better contrast and adjustable backlight for improved sunlight readability. 

The award-winning SP-400 is simply the most powerful portable radio you can buy—like having a complete standby radio stack in your flight bag. The all-in-one radio makes a reliable backup for emergency use, but it’s also perfect for listening to ATIS, getting clearances before engine start or just monitoring local traffic.

But a great radio is worthless if it’s hard to use. That’s why our staff of pilots, flight instructors and aircraft owners spent so much time making the SP-400 intuitive and easy to use. It has all the features you need, but none that you don’t. There are no confusing menus, no memory bands and no complicated squelch buttons—just turn it on and type in a frequency. After all, an emergency is no time to look for an instruction manual.

Includes alkaline battery pack, antenna, wrist strap and instruction manual. Measures 5 1/2”h x 2 1/4”w x 1 5/8”d. Five year warranty.

Why the SP-400 is the pilot-friendly radio:

  • Oversized, high-resolution screen—twice as large as most other radios
  • Enhanced screen backlight with adjustable contrast for better sunlight readability
  • Large, soft keypad is easy to use, even in turbulence
  • No menus or memory banks—just type in the frequency
  • One-handed operation for fast emergency access
  • Unmatched battery life, powered by easy-to-find AAs
  • Quick-change battery pack—switch in just 3 seconds!
  • Backlit screen and keypad
  • Dedicated squelch and volume knobs for precise adjustment

COM

Sp-400 NAV
  • Last frequency flip flop makes it easy to switch back and forth 
  • Visual memory recall shows five memory channels per screen (store 20 total) 

NAV

  • Full ILS display—the only portable radio with this feature! 
  • VOR with large CDI display and automatic bearing-to-station readout 

Weather

SP-400 Weather
  • NOAA weather radio receiver built in
  • Nationwide coverage with pre-programmed stations

Emergency

  • Dedicated 121.5 button for instant emergency communications
  • Sidetone—hear yourself talk when using a headset
 

Why we recommend AA batteries

You'll notice the SP-400 comes standard with a AA battery pack - not a rechargeable lithium-ion or NiMH pack. We believe this is the right answer for almost all pilots. While a rechargeable battery is great for a smartphone you use every day, it is less suitable for a backup radio that may languish in a flight bag for weeks at a time. In an emergency, you have to know your radio will turn on, and forgetting to charge your lithium battery is a common mistake. The standard SP-400 battery pack holds 8 AA batteries (two more than most other radios). That sounds minor, but it leads to a big improvement in battery life. We often get over 40 hours of use from an SP-400 battery pack, when most of the time is spent receiving and not transmitting. 

Of course we offer a rechargeable battery pack for the SP-400 if you so desire. This is a good option for pilots who fly more frequently or for FBO use. Whichever option you choose, we believe you'll get great performance and long battery life from Sporty's radio.

 

Aviation Consumer's "Gear of the Year!"

  • "...better than some panel-mounted gear."
  • "Sporty's SP-400 Shines. Its performance is clearly exceptional."
  • "You can easily pick this unit up and use all of its features without touching the manual."
  • "...it's a solid bargain."

Additional Resources

Click Here for Instruction Manual

Click here to view The Aviation Consumers "Portable VHF Radios: Sporty's SP-400 Shines" Article

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh News review

What's the range of portable aviation radios? We went flying to find out. Click here to read the article

Hal Shevers

Founder/Chairman—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

Since our very first product was an aviation radio, I’m partial to our SP-400 Hand-held NAV/COM. It’s an amazingly powerful radio, and one I never could have dreamed of in 1961.

Eric Carnahan

Ask a Pilot Expert—Customer Service

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Would You Recommend?
Yes (35)
No (2)
I wanted a portable com radio to use in a leased at602 ag plane. The unit worked on the ground at idle power, but in the air with engine and wind noise plus wearing ear plugs, I could hear other aircraft transmissions but not able to understand what was being said. The unit may be fine in a “people airplane” but I have not tried it in another airplane. I also did not try any nav function. Therefore I cannot make a proper recommendation, I can only say it did not work for me in a “crop duster”.
August 13, 2018
Purchased
3 weeks ago
not what I expected
July 30, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Would You Recommend?
Yes
SP-400
This radio is so good, one of the best items in my go bag!
July 29, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Would You Recommend?
Yes
It was as expected
It was as expected but I could for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to open the battery compartment until I found the switch. There was nothing in the instructions on how to actually open the battery compartment, but I figured it out and it was very easy but I feel the instructions should have included exactly how to open the battery compartment
July 29, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Sp400
Works well! To my surprise the localizer and glide slope are dead nuts on! Excellent backup in case of for nav/com failure.
July 14, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
It came and it’s good
The radio was a birthday present to my husband from his wife and daughters. My husband’s comment, “It came and it’s good!”
July 9, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Very Pleased, unit checks out perfectly. Simple, capable, economic
I received my SP-400 in a timely manner, and agree that it is simple to operate (the only non-intuitive thing was that you need to add all 3 digits to the right of the decimal point before it accepts a frequency - even if they are "0".) I tested it with ground control and signal strength was good. I also tested it next to my aircraft LOC/GS on an ILS approach. Both LOC and GS matched the aircraft indication precisely, as well as the visual VASI.
June 29, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
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Easy to use backup radio
This probably isn’t the highest quality backup nav com on the market compared to a Yaesu or icom radio, but it is the easiest to use and it’ll get you down safely which is what counts in an emergency, especially IFR. It even has a glide slope for an ILS. Every pilot should have one. Don’t think about it. Just buy it.
June 27, 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
Great product
This is great. Easy to use,
June 27, 2018
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 ground comunication tool
It is a great tool as a back up communicator when flying but on a active run way you can speak with other pilots getting ready or running up as you prepare your plane for flight.
June 8, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
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