The best aviation handheld radios will have to tick certain boxes. By nature, you will use these radios only when you’re main radio has failed or when you are on the ground talking to an aircraft in the air. So, with this in mind you would like to have a radio with a strong signal, which is clear and can be paired to your headset or intercom.
The Icom A14 fits these criteria perfectly. Icom has been a leading manufacturer in radio technology and have a big selection of handhelds.
The Icom A-14 is the simplest and most rugged in the range. It was designed with the student and private pilot in mind and they did a good job in doing that.
It is a small lightweight unit with a remarkable clear and loud sound due to a built-in amplifier.
With an adaptor you can plug it straight in to your headset or intercom and you will be able to hear yourself over your own headset loud and clear.
It’s got a simple interface, which does not take long to get used to and have all the useful function and none of the bells and whistles that you will never use.
One of the best futures of this unit is its great battery live. Murphy’s law says when you are in need of your handheld, the battery will be flat, not with this unit. It’s high capacity battery can live in your flight bag and with the occasional charge you will have a fully charged battery at all times that will last for days.
If you are looking for a unit with a thousand functions this is not what you are looking for, but if you want a simple unit with clear, loud audio, strong signal and great battery life the Icom A-14 comes highly recommended.