But this radio has more than just Bluetooth going for it though and is one of the best options for any pilot looking for a NAV-COMM model.
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The Icom IC-A25N uses a 2350 mAh Lithium-Ion battery that provides 10.5 hours of continuous operation. While this should be sufficient for most journeys without having to recharge, it is the radio’s Intelligent Battery System that really sets it apart.
It’s inevitable that Lithium-Ion batteries will degrade over time, but the IC-A25N closely monitors the condition and status of the battery, so you know its health, the operation time you can expect from each charge, and when the battery should be replaced.
Charging time is very impressive at just 3 hours with the included rapid charger too.
With its rugged build quality, and meeting MIL-STD 810 and IP57 standards, it’s safe to say that the Icom IC-A25N is built to withstand everything you can possibly put it through.
Extreme temperatures, shock, vibration, and dust and rain mean nothing to the IC-A25N, which is how Icom is able to provide a generous 3-year warranty.
Channels & Ease of Use
At 300 channels, the IC-A25N has more memory capacity than any other transceiver. Channels can be stored in 15 memory groups, and be given 12 character names.
Best of all is how you can store the last 10 channels used, so you can easily switch between NAV and COM channels either through the keypad or channel knob on the top panel.
Furthermore, up to 10 flight plans can be stored and displayed on an Android / iOS device, which is a feature unique to the A25N. This is where the device’s Bluetooth feature really shines and makes the process very simple.
Another feature that makes the radio so simple and intuitive to use is the ability to assign the functions you use most often to the keypad. No longer do you have to spend time frustratingly navigating through all options until you finally land on the one you want.
GPS & Navigation
The IC-A25N has no problem guiding you to your destination via GPS, GLONASS, and SBAS. The VOR navigation functions are where the transceiver really shines through.
The CDI (Course Deviation Indicator) feature clearly displays when you are off course. With the OBS (Omni Bearing Selector), you can change course from your original flight plan. The ABSS (Automatic Bearing Set System) comes in handy when you want to set the current course as a new course.
Due to its 2.3″ oversized LCD display, everything is easy to read. This includes in low-light conditions thanks to the IC-A25N’s night mode option. Smartly, Icom also made sure that the operating frequency characters are larger than any other, making them easy to read at just a glance.
The Icom doesn’t come with an alkaline battery case, or cigarette lighter adapter like the Yaesu FTA-550L does. But it does come with a headset adapter, belt clip, and hand strap. Additionally, the rapid charger is an essential accessory that you don’t want to be without.
It’s often the case that manufacturers try and cram in as many features as possible without giving much thought to if a feature is really necessary, or if it affects the intuitiveness and ease of use of a device.
Thankfully, Icom managed to get it right, designing an aviation handheld radio that comes packed with useful features while putting ease of use at the forefront of its design.
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