4.6 / 5.095 ReviewsDurability4.6 / 5Reliability4.6 / 5Performance4.7 / 5Ease Of Use4.8 / 5Value4.4 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (31)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesI don't know how people travel cross country without itAwesome, I have nothing bad to say about this productOctober 12, 2017Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance2 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesBattery Life is not as advertised.The receiver functions well. And is a great backup if you only make short trips. I've had it less than a year, and have never seen more than 6 hours of battery life. On my last trip, the battery was fully discharged after only four hours. It had been fully recharged the night before.October 10, 2017Purchased
1 year agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesValueWorks and functions as advertised, seems a little pricey...October 5, 2017Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesMust have equipmentOne of the best advances in technology for general aviation pilots. The creators have thought of every detail and executed it perfectly. I flew a 900nm trip recently and this piece of equipment proved invaluable. I couldn't have done it as effortlessly or confidently without the Stratus 2S.September 28, 2017Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesStratus is AmazingStratus device combines with Foreflight is amazing and a quantum leap ahead for 21st century navigation, flight planning, weather and a lot more.. I have flown for over 50 years and this is a very advanced solution that is much different than VOR's ADF and other equipment many of us grew up with.. It does a lot more than I need and it is forcing a measure of computer literacy that I didn't see coming.. Must learn what all the symbols represent.. Set up config and programmed first flights today.. This is impressive and a brand new way of flying..September 22, 2017Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesStatus 2SIt works just as stated. The suction cup mount has to be made wet to stay in place. After it fell off the first time I wet it and it has not fallen off since. ABSB in is worth the money by itself.September 6, 2017Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSo far, so very good.I've had this device for less than a couple of weeks, so I can't attest to its long-term durability. As for its reliability, it's still an open question of course, but I will say that I just got done flying today in 110 degree heat, and my iPad was much more of a problem than the Stratus, which seemed to hold up just fine.
The word that sums up this device best is Apple-esque, which I consider a compliment. You open the box, and everything is pretty much self-explantory, without any unnecessary clutter. Form follows function, and everything is kept as simple as possible.
How does this compare value-wise to its competitors? I don't know. Maybe I overpaid, but it doesn't feel like it. Some things just ooze quality, and that's my early impression of the Stratus 2S. It's all pretty subtle, but I'd be really surprised if this device ends up letting me down. And as for the reviewer below who said that what he thought was a luxury quickly turned into an essential, I agree wholeheartedly.
BTW, I highly recommend paying a little extra and buying the external ADS-B antenna. You get considerably better reception, and you can then pretty much just toss the device in the back seat.September 1, 2017Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat use for extra situational awareness, works best if your iPad has data instead of the wifi only iPads. Overall was a great buy to help me with my time building for my student training. The weather function is kind of pixelated if you don't have good coverage signal. Works best with ForeFlight pro subscription.September 1, 2017Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat Device With ForeflightPerfect addition to an old "steam gauge" C 172. Coupled to Fore Flight it is amazing.August 27, 2017Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesVery capable, does what it claimsThe first time I used this device it was during a check-out on a new airplane with an instructor. I gave her the iPad and told her to figure it out. She did in about thirty seconds and was amazed at the traffic call outs. This is durable, battery seems to last for as long as I need it, very seamless connection with foreflight. It is a bit scary at first to see all of the traffic at first that is close by. It takes awhile to mentally sort out the significant targets from the insignificant ones. I wonder if there is a filter to do this for you.August 27, 2017Purchased
2 months agoResponse from Sporty's Pilot ShopThere is an optional traffic filter. Go to the Maps page in ForeFlight, tap the gear button at the top left and turn on "Hide distant traffic." That will only show airplanes within +-3500 feet.September 25, 2017John ZimmermanStaff
- Question and Answer
Browse 77 questions Browse 77 questions and 116 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.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 helpsDoes 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 150Does 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,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)Hi will the 2s operate in the southern hemisphere (AU) ?BEST ANSWER: It will operate as a GPS Only. The ADS-B weather and traffic functions will not work.Does Sporty's carry any product which does meet the FAA 2020 mandate?BEST ANSWER: Yes, we have two transponders, The Stratus ESG, item 16800 and the Garmin GTX 335 item 5372..Does it connect to iPad via bluetooth?BEST ANSWER: The stratus make a wifi connection. It does not provide internet service.How to update firmware stratus2???BEST ANSWER: The stratus firmware is update via the foreflight software. Please refer to the Foreflight pilots for instructions on how to update.Will the stratus 2s work in canada ?BEST ANSWER: The Unit will not work to obtain weather or traffic if you are out of range of the ADS-B towers located in the US. It will function as a GPS unit.Are there geographic limitations to the weather information?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is limited to the United States.Where and how to mount?BEST ANSWER: The unit includes a suction cup mount.Does it works full properties in Italy?BEST ANSWER: No, the Stratus will only work as a WAAS GPS outside of the US.My battery will only hold a charge for 2-3 hours. Can the battery be replaced?BEST ANSWER: Yes the battery can be replaced. There are no user serviceable parts.
Please try a factory reset by pushing and holding the power button for approximately 30 seconds, then release. The stratus unit lights will flash and the unit will reset. Then attempt to charge the battery. If this does not resolve the problem, Please return the stratus to Sportys for service.Does the Stratus™ 2S ADS-B Receiver for iPad cover the 2020 FAA mandate for ADS-Out?BEST ANSWER: The Stratus 2S does not meet the mandate for 2020.
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