This is absolutely the best radio of its kind I've ever seen. It's a handy little radio if you want to keep track of the local CTAF from your house, check the AWOS or ATIS before heading to the airport, or sit by the airport and listen to ATC communication. I purchased it to get more familiar with the instructions typically issued by ATC, since I've always found their rapid-fire style intimidating, and occasionally unintelligible. It definitely helps in that regard. The Gleim unit does a good job of pulling down nearby transmissions--I've even had pretty good luck picking up aircraft in Boise from 25 miles away. The unit is very compact, easily pocketable, and seems to last a long time on a pair of AAs. Digital tuning makes it a lot easier to find the desired freq than the old analog receivers, and you never have to worry about accidentally pressing the transmit button and fouling up the conversation upstairs, as you would with a full transceiver. There's more static than I'd like, especially indoors, but that's alleviated considerably by just placing the unit on a window sill. It's definitely worth the money, especially if you're an airshow or air race fan. I'm looking forward to trying it out at the Reno Air Races this year.
SpudAir - Caldwell, ID