Sporty’s SP-400 Hand-held NAV/COM has been upgraded with a new screen that features a brighter display and a glare-reducing face, making it easier to read in direct sunlight, according to Sporty’s officials. Plus, improved contrast allows for a larger viewing angle, making it ideal for mounting on a suction cup or a kneeboard, officials said.
The retail price has also been reduced to $369.
“At Sporty’s we’ve been designing aviation radios literally since day one, so we know what pilots expect,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “Our focus has always been on making the easiest-to-use and most reliable radios, and we’ve think we’ve raised the bar with the upgraded SP-400 — even while reducing the cost.”
Pilots also have more options now for customizing the SP-400’s display. The level of contrast is adjustable, allowing the screen to be tailored for each airplane. In addition, pilots can adjust the high and low backlight settings for changing light conditions. There’s also a new “night mode” that reverses the colors on the screen.