Innovative features found in this next generation air band panel mount transceiver are why more pilots trust Icom as the one you add before flight.
White OLED Display and White Key Back light
The IC-A220 has a bright organic light emitting diode (OLED) display with a wide 170-degree viewing angle. White characters on a black background give the viewer clear, easy to read operating information. The white key back lighting and white OLED display match a modern plane’s instrument panel. In addition, the auto dimmer function adjusts the display for optimum brightness for either day or night.
Easy channel selection
It is fast and easy to select any of the memory channels in the IC-A220. The “flip-flop” arrow button switches between main and stand-by channels. The dual watch function allows you to monitor two channels simultaneously. Additionally, the improved auto stack memory stores the last 20 channels used and allows you to recall those channels easily.
GPS memory function
When connected to an external GPS receiver* equipped with an airport frequency database, the frequency data such as nearby airports can be transferred and made available. * Ask your dealer for available GPS receiver details.
12V/24V DC power source
The built-in DC-DC converter accepts a 12/24V (11.5–27.5V) DC power source. The IC-A220 is easily installed in most airplanes or vehicles.
The IC-A220 has a built-in voice activated intercom function allowing the pilot to talk with the copilot via the headset. The IC-A220 has an adjustable audio level and squelch control functions.
The IC-A220 has a D-Sub 25-pin industry standard connector for easy installation. The slim case can be installed into a tight panel space.
|Rx Wx channels||161.650–163.275MHz*|
|(*USA version only.)|
|Mode:||AM (6K00A3E, 5K60A3E)|
|Operating Temperature:||-20°C to +55°C|
|No. of memory channels:||20 regular memory,|
|50 group memory,|
|20 auto stack memory|
|(* USA version only)|
|Power supply requirement:||13.8V/27.5V DC (Negative ground)|
|Dimensions (W×H×D):||160×34×271 mm; 6.3×1.34×10.67 in|
|(projections not included)|
|Weight (approx.):||1.0 kg; 2.2 lb|
|Output power:||8 W typical (carrier power)|
|Modulation limiting:||70% (Maximum 98%)|
|Intermediate frequencies:||38.85MHz/450kHz (1st/2nd)|
|AM||Less than 2μV|
|FM||Less than 1.4μV|
|25kHz spacing||±3kHz/±22kHz (6dB/60dB)|
|8.33kHz spacing||±2.778kHz/±7.37kHz (6dB/60dB)|
|Spurious rejection:||More than 74dBμ|
|Audio output power:|
|External SP||5W with a 4Ω load|
|Headphone||60mW with a 500Ω load|
Heard back from the service department that the radio tested fine. Turned out that it’s the aircraft having issues.
Ive heard there have been problem with using the radio together with external intercom. That there would be needed to relays to get it work. What do you have to say about that?
Should have read the reviews! I purchased the radio for my new Just Aircraft Highlander. Installed it, but found constant static on all frequencies above 120 -123 Mhz. Nothing I could do to correct it. Numerous calls with Icom who always seemed to point to somebody else causing the static... not their radio. Sent the unit back to Washington on my dime.. they basically said they adjusted the squelch, but it was never an issue. I works now.. but the squelch had to be up in the high range (8 or 9) to be quite in the 123 mhz range. I did NOT like the support they provided. At least the radios squelch is working now. Think hard before purchasing.
Very sensitive to high temperature, if you switch off it in warm day you will not start it in 20-30 minutes, left without comunication several times
We had an ICOM 210. The circuit-board failed and could not be prepared. So we bought the 220, and had an avionics tech install it. Result: terrible. Big Squelchy Interference all the time. (And the volume knob did not work no matter how many times we unlocked it in the menu.) We went through both menus, made phone calls to ICOM, replaced some unshielded wiring. Nil fix. So we sent it back to ICOM in BC, and they detuned its sensitivity. They said they also found a fault in the circuit board. Returned, installed, and weve had one flight in it -- worked perfectly. Im giving it 2 stars instead on 1 because of the good service, although with covid this whole process took almost 2 years.
Found the 220 to be a great radio when I first installed it. Very easy to use. But once the temperatures here in Canada started getting colder in the fall mornings my 220 wouldn’t transmit until it warmed up by operation, normally about 15-20 min of wait time before I could Tx. Would RX just fine. Sent back for warranty work and will submit a feedback on that later
We removed a defunct ATC 200 and installed this 220 in a 1999 RV6a, hiring an avionics tech. Result: poor. This radio is much too sensitive. We are getting blasted for the first :20 mins of the flight with static and squelch. Weve been through the menus exhaustively -- nil fix. The flap motor sets it off. Sometimes the strobe light, or the fuel pump. Its always on a hair trigger. So were sending it back to the Rep in BC to have it de-sensitized. Shouldve bought an MGL.
5 months after my avionics shop installed this radio, it left my 172 without primary comm. while in a pattern above a busy airport. The icom warranty department has not been helpful. I have instructed my shop to install a Garmin( I hate spending good money after bad)
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Yes, the MB-53 come with hand mic and external speaker in the Icom A220M (Part # 11-13690).
Per Icom: No, the A220 is not a plug and play replacement for the A200.
Per Icom: No, the unit is not TSO'd. For the TSO'd version, see part # 11-14551.
Per Icom: The transmit power is 8 Watts.
Per Icom: It does have a dual channel watch and will fit into the same opening as an SL 30.
Yes, the IC A220 comes with the tray and install instructions.
The Icom A220 is a mono transceiver, stereo audio is not available. There are 3 aux audio inputs which can be used for functions such as mono music.
Installer will have to replace:
the entire wire harness
coax cable connector on the radio side
Yes, the tray will fit. The TSO is expected by the end of 2016.
No. The standard versions of the A220 will not be TSO approved. Please see part number A220T for the approved version (anticipated release August 1st, 2016).