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Yaesu Vertex FTA 550L VHF Handheld Radio - Li Ion Battery

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Part# 11-12460
MFR Model# FTA-550L 110V


The YAESU FTA-550 is packed with features, yet very affordable. Boasting 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 LOC 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. The brand new easy to operate menu system is icon driven making it simple to navigate through all of the powerful features this transceiver has to offer. Additionally the FTA-550 can easily be reprogrammed in minutes using the optional PC Programming software and the supplied USB programming cable.
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WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


Now Meets MIL-STD-810F
  • The FTA-550 has now been tested and complies with the Military Standard MIL-STD-810F. Similar to commercial Land Mobile radios, all current Yaesu Airband Transceivers have been tested for durability against Low temperatures, High temperatures, Shock, Vibration, Dust and Rain, ensuring many years of rugged use.
Easy to Operate Menu system
  • The FTA-550 comes configured with an easy to operate icon driven menu system. The displays and menu settings are logically configured for a more intuitive user interface.
Huge Dot Matrix Display (160 x 160 dots)
  • The FTA-550 features a huge 1.7" x 1.7" full dot matrix LCD display with full backlight and dimmer. The high resolution display makes it easier to view all the great features the FTA-550 has to offer.
VOR Navigation Display
  • When the FTA-550 receives a VOR signal, the display will automatically switch to the NAV band screen which shows a CDI based on the received signal.
200 Memory channels with up to 15 Alphanumeric characters
  • The FTA-550 can store up to 200 Memory channels for quick and easy retrieval. With the capability of using up to 15 Alphanumeric characters per name the FTA-550 allows for a better channel description.


  • 25kHz & 8.33 kHz spacing
  • 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)
  • ILS 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)
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty


In The Box

  • Lithium-ion Battery Pack
  • AC Charger
  • Charger Cradle
  • Cigarette Lighter DC Converter
  • Helical Antenna
  • Belt Clip
  • Headset Adapter Cable
  • Alkaline Battery Tray
  • USB Cable
  • Ferrite Core
  • Accessories
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Great Radio! Haven’t been able to test out battery life yet, but from my little use, it seems like it’ll last quite awhile. Very happy with my purchase!

Jordan K Verified Purchase


February 14, 2023

Great product, works great iqn my j3 cub. The AC adapter for the charging cradle has stopped working so Im going to have to replace it. Besides that, its a well built radio with great capabilities.

Blake N Verified Purchase


July 24, 2022

Jean-francois B Verified Purchase


February 26, 2022

So far, so good. Its big and bulky compared to more-modern electronics, but also seems sturdy and reliable. Comes with all the accessories most people will want (unlike iCom, which sells the headphone adapter separately).

David M
October 17, 2019

Got the chance to use this radio from a pilot friend. He used it like it was part of his hand. So it got used by the numbers, and never failed. I’m getting one for myself.

Nelson R
October 31, 2017

Great product and fast shipping from A/C Spruce. Spruce was very helpful in determining which portable COM I should consider. Highly recommended.

Don C
February 24, 2017

Fit and finish is good but the range isn’t as good as I had hoped for on the ground however, most VHF radios don’t have the best range while on the ground.

Nick C
June 12, 2020

If 550L had an earphone jack and under the cradle had a rubber, the rating will be 5. Others are good thank you very much for shipping.

Naoyuki I
May 20, 2018

The screen scratches easily. I returned it to Aircraft Spruce for refund and they will not give me credit until they send it back to Yaesu and Yaesu determines whether or not Im entitled to a full refund. Its been 3 weeks and Spruce says that they are still awaiting word from Yaesu. Meanwhile, my credit card has been charged. I returned the FTA-550L because, despite Flying Magazines claim that this model receives ILS signal, in fact the 550 only receives Localizer signals (no Glide Slope). I purchased the Yaesu FTA-750L from Spruce and it does, in fact receive Localizer and Glide Slope signals. Before I put the 750 into service, I took it down to my local shopping mall and paid $15 for one of cell phone case venders custom-install a screen protector (like they do on cell phones). I love my FTA-750L!

Robert L
November 15, 2018

I bought 4 of these for the team. ground to ground they dont work to well and ground to air I was only getting about 2 mile transmit range unobstructed view

Jason L Verified Purchase


August 27, 2021


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Q: What are the dimensions of this Yaesu Vertex 550L VHF Handheld Radio, including the antenna?

Width 2.4" / Height 5.2" / Depth 1.3". The antenna is approximately 6" long for a total length of 11.2".

Q: What would I need for 2 headsets and ptt when using this Yaesu FTA 550L radio? For non electric aircraft.

You would need the radio which includes the headset adapter, two dual GA PTT Switches (for example part # 11-07712) and a dual GA headset splitter, our Part # 11-06518.

Q: What is the difference between the 110V model and the 220V model of the Yaesu FTA 550L radio?

The only difference between the 110v and 220v models is the wall charger that the units come with. The 110v unit comes with a 110v charger which is standard in North America. The 220v version comes with the 220v charger which is standard in Europe. We recommend verifying your countries voltage standard before ordering.

Q: Does the YAESU 550L comes with european AC charger?

You will need to order part # 11-12836 separately as it is not included.

Q: Is it possible to order replacement knobs for the FTA-550L. I dont want to send it in for service.

No unfortunately the knobs are not sold separately.

Q: How many Alkaline AA dry cells are required for the Yaesu VHF 550L operation?

Six AA batteries using the battery case.

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