Customer Reviews4.6 / 5.0116 ReviewsDurability4.6 / 5Reliability4.6 / 5Performance4.7 / 5Ease Of Use4.8 / 5Value4.3 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (50)No (1)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat Product - improves safetyWorks as advertised - improves safety as I instruct new pilots and on my personal flights. Highly recommend.January 4, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesWorks as designed for all our aviation data needs on our Corporate Jet instead of the added cost utilizing the Gogo WiFi onboard.January 1, 2018Purchased
4 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesStratus 2SExcellent product, but in my opinion a bit overpriced. I have noticed ghost returns on the display and ATC also receives them too. Not sure where the ghost in the machine is at, but for the awareness it provides I give it a thumbs up!December 28, 2017Purchased
9 months agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesWorked great out of the box.I have only used the product once, but it worked perfectly. Traffic, updates weather and accurate GPS.December 22, 2017Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesNice product.Overall great performance. Maintains signal at most altitudes and locations. Data presented is good. Obstacles would be great too.December 16, 2017Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value2 / 5BatteryThe battery only seems to be lasting about three hours. I believe the claim is 8 hours.December 15, 2017Purchased
1 month agoResponse from Sporty's Pilot ShopThank you for the review. When new, the battery should last 8 hours on a full charge. You may want to try cycling the battery by leaving the Stratus 2S on and completely draining the battery. Then plug Stratus 2S in overnight and give it a full charge. This can sometimes also improve the battery indication in Foreflight.January 10, 2018Doug RStaffDurability3 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesLove it. Great for situational awareness.December 9, 2017Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesIt works just like they said!I like it because it works just like they said, what more can you ask!December 9, 2017Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesStill too early to make a good report, but at the moment it looks great, just used one time and worked perfect!December 9, 2017Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesThe Stratus 2S Was The Right ChoiceI did a lot a research before deciding to base my flying on Foreflight and the Stratus 2S. The Stratus 2S is amazing technology with fantastic capabilities...it has not disappointed!December 7, 2017Purchased
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Browse 86 questions Browse 86 questions and 129 answersWill this work on an original iPad or do I need a newer one?BEST ANSWER: We recommend at least an iPad 2 for Stratus 2S, although an Air 1 or 2 would give you even better performance.There is a note that says " Note: ADS-B traffic is limited unless your aircraft has ADS-B Out installed in the panel." What are these limitations? I'm purchasing to use in rental aircraft that are not likely to have ADS-B OUTWill Stratus work in Canada?BEST ANSWER: The GPS and the AHRS will work in Canada, so you'd have moving map and backup attitude. ADS-B traffic works but is limited in Canada. ADS-B weather does not work in Canada.how well does it work for IFR flight? also, where does a person go to get an external antenna and will the system charge off of one of those reserve battery backup chargers?BEST ANSWER: You sure can fly IFR. I've litterally flown coast to coast with more than a few hours IMC running on the Stratus with Forelight as my only charting info. Better nav than my certified on-board GPS. Certainly esier to use. I got a little USB power adapter for the cigarrette lighter port for power. One line feeds the Stratus and the other the Ipad. Have flown 9 hour days with no problems. I se no need for an external antenna. As long as the Stratus has a good view of the sky it seems rock solid.Are the external antennas for the 2s required? How well does it work without them?BEST ANSWER: No external antenna required for ADS-B in. It works great just suction-cupped to the window. Some folks like to lay in on the dash, but I've found that it gets too hot up there.Can this unit pair and run 2 iPads at the same time?BEST ANSWER: I usually run my mini iPad along with my iPhone on the yoke mount. Great combination, I use the iPad for mainly glass panel nav and the iPhone for airport info and weather info. iPhone info slightly less limited than the iPad, but still works like a charm. I also pack an extra iPad for back up.Will it charge ok from a 28V DC cigarette lighter connection using the usb cable? Or is it only 12 v tolerant?BEST ANSWER: I have never had to charge in flight. The battery is good for at least 6-7 hours. It has a USB charging cord so with a suitable cigarette lighter adapter, it should charge.
My aircraft is 24 volt and I use dual amperage (10 amp/ 21 amp adapter) to charge my I pad if necessary and works well. I found the adapter at Amazon for a couple of dollars but I believe Sportys would have something comporable. To be sure, I would call Stratus and pose the question. Best from the horses mouth.
Good luck. Best device I ever purchased.I use jeppesen don't use forflight, can this app still work?BEST ANSWER: Appareo Stratus and Foreflight are essentially made for each other and only each other....it's a shame that they don't open source it for better flexibility for ADS-B transceiver/Receiver options like other EFB and/or ADS-B manufacturers do....there is another EFB company that states on their website that their product will work with Stratus, but I believe that it is only with certain models of Stratus, and that there are glitches that interfere with smooth operation.Is the update rate slow? If I am using this for GPS guidance with Foreflight and will it be slow to update on my iPad Pro. I have used a cellular signal and that is too slow.BEST ANSWER: Brett, the Stratus 2S receiver is excellent for VFR use and it is extremely accurate and fast. I've never noticed any lag time as far as GPS position goes. Also, the backup AHRS system and synthetic vision is excellent and extremely responsive. I'd highly recommend buying it. I also use it with iPad pro... Good luck...pedroHow much memory on iipad is needed to run forefight mobile ?BEST ANSWER: AMAP. Depends on how you fly.
If you stay within a couple states...less. On a 16gig foreflight dedicated iPad mini - flying about SoCal, Colorado, Idaho, Wyo, UT, NMex, AZ, there's still plenty room for all that is needed including FARs, approaches, etc..
Some music, photos etc too.Does it come with a mount?BEST ANSWER: Yes it does - it includes a suction cup mount for use on a side window.Does this provide real time weather to Foreflight while in flight?BEST ANSWER: The short answer is "no". I bought mine to use as a strategtic tool for a VFR flight from Connecticut to Alabama and back. At times it seemed real time but this was due to the nature of the pop up thunderstorms which "popped up" as the term implies, but then just stayed in one place as opposed to moving rapidly as they do in the northeast. That said, it was a great tool to have to help decide when it was time to get on the ground as every afternoon it definitely got tricky. For real time tactical information you would need weather radar or a Stormscope as the info on the Stratus could be many minutes old by the time it is displayed for the first time.Let me get this straight. Stratus II will give me pitch, bank, air speed, altitude, an HSI, synthetic vision, weather, and traffic (in) on my IPad as long as the batteries last for $900?BEST ANSWER: Yeah, you got that right. It's good for about 7 hours of flight time on battery power alone. If you plug in to a USB cigarrette lighter adapter it's good indefinitely. You may lose the weather and traffic links on occasion if there are no towers availble within line of sight but it works well in general. I'm running with 2 Ipads with Foreflight and get solid nav data. Have even flown several practice approaches stricly using the Stratus GPS data and it will put you right over the runway. The attitude data can be a little flaky. Not rock solid, but good enough to save your bacon in a no gyro situation.Will this work with iPhone 6?BEST ANSWER: It works with my IPhone 6, my IPad and my instructors droid cell which runs a different software. I haven't had any problems.I currently use foreflight with stratus 2s and also a garmin aera 660 with gdl 39, i would like to have the advantages of XM weather, should i get the gdl 51 or SXAR1 to have the whole picture, the idea would be to clean my cockpit from too many devices. any suggestions?Stratus™ 2S ADS-B Receiver for iPadBEST ANSWER: I am a long time user of XM weather, I think I am one of the first 100 original customers. I will not fly without XM. I have been using the SXAR1 with Foreflight since it first became available last December. Now I get all the XM on Foreflight. It is an excellent product, seamlessly integrated. The SXAR1 battery lasts over 8 hours, I cannot tell you how long it will last, as it has never run out on a day of flying. It is a really good solution. I think it is better than the Garmin as it is smaller, and it is cheaper. The Fore Flight XM subscription does not have the Surface Visibility Forecast, Freezing Level, NOTAMS, Special Use Airspace Status and Tropical Storm Tracks with Windfields Observed, nor all the icing information products that I was used to in the Pro subscription plan that I was used to. (NOTAMS, Special Use Airspace Status were never available on XM), and I would really like to see the Freezing level especially, and also the surface visibility forecasts added. I am hoping they will add all those to the XM as it is getting harder an harder to justify XM vs ADS B for many pilots. I fly to Canada regularly so the XM is the only option up there, as ADS B is not available in Canada.Will stratus work with iPad mini without any problems if I also have Garmin gdl39 in use in same aircraft?BEST ANSWER: I would think that as long as you have Wi-Fi on your i-Pad mini and you get the Foreflight app / subscription, then it should work. I use a regular i-Pad and absolutely love the Stratus . I had the stratus 1 for 3-4 years, but it got to where it would not pick up any of the ground antennas and thus would not give me weather/storm radar on the i-Pad. The Stratus 2 is working great. Hope this helpsFor general flying which is best the 1s or 2s? For low time flyers.BEST ANSWER: The Stratus 2S has more features than the 1S. Of course, there is a considerable difference in cost between the two units. If you choose to go with the 1S, you may find yourself initially very much satisfied. But over time, you may want to try the 2S, wondering how much more it offers.
Check if anyone in your area flies with either the 1S or 2S, and ask to see what it looks like. It could give you a sort of "hands on" feel of these Stratus units. Also, get their opinion(s). That might help to give you a better idea what would suit your needs while in the air. If your time in the aircraft will include IFR flights, the 2S has features that you will find will be well worth the extra amount.
Just the same as the other pilot's reply (Kevin Y) to your question, I also use the Stratus 2S. It is in a Beechcraft BE-58, flown here in Hawaii. But I agree with his thought, saying the 1S would be more than sufficient. It is probably safe to assume you have looked over the features of both units a few times already. Whichever Stratus unit you decide on, you will appreciate flying with a great product. It adds to enjoyment of flying. It really will. Best of luck to you!Does the G Force Suction Mount work with Stratus? RAM mount fell off the side window twice on my last trip. RAM mount seems weaker than when we first got it 2 years ago.BEST ANSWER: it has worked great for me so far. I have mounted in several places and it has stayed stuck on every bumpy cross country flight on my cessna 150My Stratus 1 USB Power internal USB power connector broke this weekend. Apparently it was a "known" issue, that the manufacturer knew about. So it looks like I need to buy another Stratus to replace the expensive hockey puck that I have now. Anyone know of any mechanical deficiencies in the 2s that I need to look out for?BEST ANSWER: The Stratus 2S is a very good product. It delivers everything the manufacturer advertises. It is very dependable. I cannot see any mechanical issues with the 2S. Using the Ram Suction Mount and Stratus Cradle, it would be safe to say that the 2S will withstand the anything the pilot can handle.
Have you inquired if your current Stratus unit could be repaired, before making the decision to purchase a new one?Does the stratu have synthetic vision?BEST ANSWER: The Stratus 2 does not in itself offer synthetic vision. It provides the necessary feed to ForeFlight Pro that gives you synthetic vision. You have to have ForeFlight pro and not the lesser version to get synthetic vision. The Stratus provides ADS/B reception on both channels as well as GPS WAAS,attitude output to ForeFlight pro, and a number of other items to Fore Flight, but only ForeFlight pro gives you synthetic vision when using the Stratus 2 as the feed.Will this work in Hawaii?BEST ANSWER: Yes. It was recently purchased, and the Stratus 2S is being used in a Beechcraft BE-58, Honolulu International Airport. Very accurate. Excellent display. Good supplement to any aircraft.will this unit work with the latest Ipad mini 4 ?BEST ANSWER: It does,Do I have to purchase the fore flight to make the Stratus work?BEST ANSWER: The Stratus is a WAAS GPS/ADS-B receiver. It requires ForeFlight to display the information that is received.does the stratus 2 work with a garmin 696?BEST ANSWER: No, the Stratus is exclusively used with ForeFlight and an iPad.If you are using the stratus 2 with an iPad does the iPad have to have cellular plus WiFi?BEST ANSWER: No, the iPad will connect to the Stratus 2 with a wifi signal. No Cellular service is required.I think my I-pad minni 2016 will work with the Stratus 1S, 32GB, is that correct?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will work with the stratus 1s and foreflight.I bought the Stratus when it was first offered. I have the cradle but no suction cup. I found it overheats on my panel and want to attach it to a side window. How do I get the suction cup for the cradle?BEST ANSWER: The cradle and suction cup are item 7016A.Does it work world wide?BEST ANSWER: The GPS will work worldwide. The ADS-B data is only available in the US.Will the unit work while it is plugged into power source?BEST ANSWER: Yes it will work when it is plugged into a power source.does stratus 2s work at South Korea(Far Eastern Asia) ?BEST ANSWER: It will work as a GPS. You will not receive any ADS-B data (weather and traffic)
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