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Yaesu FTA-550 AA Handheld VHF Transceiver

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List Price: $330.00

Regular Price: $199.95

Special Price: $189.00

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Yaesu FTA-550 AA Handheld VHF Transceiver
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Product Description

The YAESU FTA-550 AA Pro-X is an Airband Transceiver with ILS (Localizer Only) and VOR Navigation!

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 ILS navigation features on the "NAV" band.

The FTA-550 includes NOAA weather band monitoring (in the United States) 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 optional PC Programming software and the supplied USB programming cable.

The difference between the FTA-550 AA and the FTA-550L:

  • The FTA-550 AA comes with an Alkaline Battery Tray (it does not include a Rechargeable Battery although you can buy one later if you like).
  • The FTA-550L comes with a Lithium-Ion Rechargeable battery and an Alkaline Battery Tray.


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 matric 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.


  • 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 (Localizer)
  • VOR Navigation Display
  • Easy to operate menu system
  • NOAA Weather Channel Receive (U.S.A. Only)
  • NOAA Weather Alert (U.S.A. Only)
  • 200 Memory Channels with 15 alphanumeric characters
  • Back-lit Keypad and Display with Dimmer
  • Water Protection – IPX5 Rating
  • Loud Audio (800 mW)
  • Alkaline Battery Tray (AA x 6)
  • Updated Scan Band selection:
    • “ALL BAND” scans both COM and NAV bands between 108.00MHz and 136.975MHz 
    • “COM BAND” scans the COM band between 118.00MHz and 136.975MHz 
    • “NAV BAND” scans the NAV band between 108.000MHz and 117.975 MHz
  • Channel spacing: 25 kHz / 8.33 kHz
 What’s in the Box:
  • FTA-550 AA Transceiver
  • Antenna
  • 12VDC Power Cable (Cigarette Lighter Adapter)
  • Ferrite Core
  • Alkaline battery tray
  • Belt clip
  • Headset adapter
  • USB programming cable

Other Information

Part # FTA-550 AA
UPC 788026142439
Features Channel-Recall, NAV/COM, ILS NAV, VOR NAV
Manufacturer Yaesu
Warranty 3 Years

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  • GREAT ALL AROUND SERVICE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
United States
Occupation / Rating:
Student Pilot
Great Product
  • Great product, easy to use, easy to figure out. I am happy with this purchase!
  • Pros: Easy to use
  • Cons: Batteries
Provo, UT
Occupation / Rating:
Information Scientist/Private Pilot
Great quality and not hard to use
  • After reading several reviews about the radio I was a little concerned about it's user interface. However, after reading the manual and using it for a week, I have no more concerns. I find it easy to use and the controls are logical so I don't have to keep going back to the manual. Transmitting takes a lot of power and really drains the battery fast. I will purchase Lithiium AA batteries for use when I'm flying.
  • Pros: Great quality, very clear even with the rubber ducky antenna, battery life for receiving is fine. Water resistant.
  • Cons: Buttons are too small for gloved hands.
Ft. Worth TX
Occupation / Rating:
Good radio, owner's manual not so much
  • First, the good: Good reception, can get ATIS well off airport property. Transmission power appears good.
    The rest: Battery life isn't too good, but with AAs and other reviews, not surprising. Yaesu SERIOUSLY needs to rewrite the owner's manual. Without search engines and the internet, there are lots of things that are incomplete.
    Overall, it's a keeper.
  • Pros: Pricepoint, rebate, Reception and transmission range.
  • Cons: Battery life and operating instructions.
Occupation / Rating:
Very good value for the price.
  • I have to mention shipping time. I ordered on 26 Aug to be sent by the cheapest option (express shipping) half way round the world to New Zealand, and get this. It arrived at my home on 05 Sept. Thats only 10 days. Well done!
    Will definitely be using your company again.
    David Stuart
    Wellington, New Zealand
Very intuitive
  • I am quite impressed. I had a chance to use the rival brand in an actual emergency. 2 pilots on board and we couldn't tune anything but the favorites without the manual; essentially useless. That event started my search for a better portable. The FTA550 is my solution.
    The FTA550 was easy to tune a comm frequency right out of the box, without the manual.
    Communications from air to ground are clean and crisp.
    The squelch is super easy to set. Push the squelch button then use the knob to turn it up/dn.
    Flip/flop frequencies are easy and intuitive.
    The headset cable is included and works well.
    In short, I am very satisfied.
Generally excellent product.
  • First off, as regards it's prime function ( at least to me) as a back-up VHF radio, it's an outstanding product. Both reception and (apparently) transmission seem to be pretty much 5x5, with excellent range.

    Having said that, I have 3 minor gripes:

    1) the antenna mount, while simple, does not positively lock into a secure detent, thus it is easily dislodged.

    2) the conversion from integral "speaker" use to "headset" use, while also simple, requires a small screwdriver to remove the cover, secure the headset jacks and then you're left with a small piece and 2 small screws, easily lost. A simple pressure cap and positive bayonet lock for the headset plugs would be a much better method.

    3) the operator's handbook leaves much to be desired, not to mention left out, as regards using functions other than simply communicate. I'd say this is pretty typical of handbooks for just about anything that's made in Asia, so I'm guessing that this is the area of origin for this radio.

    On the plus side, it's pretty easy to figure out how to use it as a simple radio, so no big deal. The issue os trying to figure out how to use the memory (and access it), how to use the VOR function, and a ew other goodies.

    Bottom line: high quality product, seemingly well built, that performs better than I expected as a hand-held VHF simplex radio, at an excellent price.

    I'd happily purchase another one.
Great Product
  • I have not used this radio in flight yet but I have programmed it to include updating the firmware.

    Very easy to understand and very easy to navigate.
Nice Radio
  • Great portable radio once you figure it out. I used this radio the day it arrived and it was easy to use once I read the manual with the radio in my hand. The only con I have found is that it is easy to adjust the frequency with out knowing it if you bump the knob if you do not lock the dial function. For the money it is a very good radio.

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