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

FIVE Year Warranty

Regular Price: $329.00

Special Price $299.00

Regular Price: $329.00

Special Price $299.00

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) 
  • Receives on 8.33KHz frequencies but does not transmit on those frequencies

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?
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Needs redesign
It’s OK. The ease of use only applies to entering COM frequencies. For everything else you need the manual. It has a decent LCD display so why they can’t use soft keys in the modern style instead of weird key sequences is beyond me.

The only available rechargeable battery is NIMH. Seriously?

The thing needs to be redesigned to modern standards.
July 29, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
2 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
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3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Easy to use. Great when it works but not very durable
I have had the SP-300 and now the SP-400 series and while the SP-400 is better, I have had issues with the SP-400. The battery pack wouldn't stay connected to the radio due to a broken latch and the battery life isn't great.
The radio works well, when it works.
July 6, 2019
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
Great equipment
Used a Sporty’s SP-300 for over 20 yrs and needed repair only once! Wonderful service! Very happy w my 400 and feel certain it will be as fine as my 300.
June 23, 2019
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
Excellent Backup Nav/Com
Great value especially the sale price. The DC-ProX works great with the optional headset adapter. Just what I needed for a backup for my Just Super Stol.
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June 22, 2019
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2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Nice handheld
This handheld is fairly simple and easy to learn to use. The user manual is very well written. It fits nicely in my Sporty's flight backpack outside web pocket for easy access.
June 20, 2019
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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 Aviation Handheld
I have had a aviation handheld for over 20 years - use it almost every flight to listen to ATIS or ASOS prior to start-up - Have only used it once in flight but great insurance. Also agree the only power option is AA batteries - change mine every 6 months. Bought the Sporty's Sp-400 to replace my older one with "wheel channel input" and no nav. Looking forward to trying out the nav.
June 18, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Good so far
I’ve only used it on the ground so far. It seems easy to use and gets good reception even on the ground. It’ll be interesting to see how it works in the air and the battery longevity.
June 17, 2019
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
A well developed hand device, easy to handle.
I live about 5 mi from airport, it's great! Very easy to hear, see and learn to operate it.
June 13, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
2 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Needs improvement
It is not as easy to use as the claim. Once you figure out how to use it, it's a breeze, but the instructions are unclear and has missing information. Also, power consumption ran the batteries out quick, so you'll be spending some money on batteries. But overall, it's a good unit
June 8, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Durability
1 / 5
Reliability
2 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
1 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
do not buy if traning
i am a commercial student recently received my instrument ratting i thought this radio would allow me to listen to my tower less than 5 miles away McCarron (klas) its awfull not only dose the add make it seam like the rechargeble batters are included
but the radio will not pick up frequency's from anywhere near the airport I'm less than 5 miles away bad investment
May 26, 2019
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