|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.|
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).
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.
Great product and fast shipping from A/C Spruce. Spruce was very helpful in determining which portable COM I should consider. Highly recommended.
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.
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.
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!
It only seems to work when Im talking to the plane flying right beside me. Lots of background noise and static. If I use squelch to stop it then I get nothing. Cant bring in Atis at all. All in All I would say it is a waste of money.
Width 2.4" / Height 5.2" / Depth 1.3". The antenna is approximately 6" long for a total length of 11.2".
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.
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.
You will need to order part # 11-12836 separately as it is not included.
No unfortunately the knobs are not sold separately.