I have an Icom IC
-A5 which I got during my private flight training. It is very handy to have, and I have used it twice in situations where it would eased up the situation from failures in the plane. Granted it's not just a scanner, but I primarily just use it for that when I'm not flying. My parents house is in Northridge in LA
, which is exactly 24 miles from the LAX
control tower. Even though there is a mountain range between my house and LAX
, if I place my hand held in a certain spot in my room I can hear traffic going in and out of LAX
, and even hear the tower! It amazes me that I can hear it, even though you can't see the tower (it's not line of sight with the mountain between). Anyways, it's a pretty awesome hand held, and I've actually had a few conversations with Phil (an old now retired controller from VNY
) when there was nothing going on and I was just hanging out at the airport. It may be pricey just for listening with, but I've never had anything but good experiences with it.