Scout ADS-B Receiver (With Free Battery Pack)

Buy Scout and receive a free USB battery pack!

$199.00
$199.00

Availability: In stock

Product ID: 6599A

The smallest, least expensive way to add weather to ForeFlight

Datalink weather from the FAA’s ADS-B system is changing the way pilots fly, with subscription-free radar, METARS, TAFs, TFRs, and more. Now it’s easier than ever to add this potentially lifesaving technology to your iPad, with Scout. It measures less than 4” tall and weighs less than an ounce, but receives both 978 MHz and 1090 MHz frequencies and connects to ForeFlight via WiFi. At only $199, Scout is a reliable and a...

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The smallest, least expensive way to add weather to ForeFlight

Datalink weather from the FAA’s ADS-B system is changing the way pilots fly, with subscription-free radar, METARS, TAFs, TFRs, and more. Now it’s easier than ever to add this potentially lifesaving technology to your iPad, with Scout. It measures less than 4” tall and weighs less than an ounce, but receives both 978 MHz and 1090 MHz frequencies and connects to ForeFlight via WiFi. At only $199, Scout is a reliable and affordable upgrade to your electronic flight bag.

Features:

  • Subscription-free ADS-B weather, including radar, METARs, TAFs, PIREPs, AIRMETs, TFRs and more
  • Dual band receiver (978 MHz and 1090 MHz) delivers traffic to your iPad
  • Built-in WiFi allows for wireless connection to multiple devices in one cockpit
  • Measures only 3.35” x 0.84” x 0.34” and weighs 17 grams
  • Transfer flight plans to your co-pilot's iPad using ForeFlight’s cockpit sharing feature
  • Easy firmware upgrades, delivered through ForeFlight Mobile
  • Comes fully assembled – just plug in and go flying

Includes suction cups for mounting on side window, USB power cable, and carrying case.

 

Notes:

  • Does not include GPS – requires internal iPad GPS or external Bluetooth GPS for position
  • Does not include internal battery – connect to USB charger or external battery for power
  • As with any portable ADS-B receiver, traffic will be limited unless your airplane has ADS-B Out installed in the panel

Learn more about ADS-B traffic in this blog post.

Read these tips to get the most out of ADS-B traffic in ForeFlight.

 

John Zimmerman

Vice President, Catalog Division—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

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Awesome product! Great service
A true "plug and play." Super easy to start up and go. My first flight did return some not-so-logical targeting. The support from Eric at Sporty's AND Foreflight folks was incredible. Updated the software and now can watch commercial flights from my office.... We shall see if it is durable and reliable! Thanks!!!
April 5, 2018
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Yes
Offshorepilot
I fly a large helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico supporting Oil platforms and drilling ships, the scout works great above a couple thousand feet for tower reception. It is nice to be able to pull up current weather through foreflight and with the radar you get the "big picture" very handy, easy to use. Sporty's was fast to ship as always. Thanks guys!!
March 24, 2018
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
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Affordable and reliable ADS-B in receiver
The Scout ADS-B in receiver works great for showing traffic and weather. I’ve used it a few times now and it shows traffic accurately and reliable. Sometimes though it does pick myself up as traffic. An extremely affordable way to get ADS-B in.
February 24, 2018
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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As advertised right out of the box, works great with IPad mini4
February 19, 2018
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2 months ago
Durability
4 / 5
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Scout ADS-B is a great value
Flying in the busy airspace around Denver, I knew I was mot seeing a lot of traffic that was quite close. Anything that would help me spot it would enhance safety. There was no budget for a $700+ ADS-B unit, but when I saw the Sporty's PIREP video on the Scout, I decided to give it a try.

Installation was a piece of cake -- I was wondering how the iPad would work with multiple BlueTooth connections (my Dual GPS device connects by BT), but that was not an issue -- the Scout is its own WiFi "hotspot" and connects that way (providing no internet connectivity). Once I connected to the Scout's "network," all I had to do was tap More and Device and there it was!

On the first flight, shortly after getting airborne, I began seeing traffic on the ForeFlight display, along with an indicator of the number of towers that were being received. The display shows the traffic, a line indicating their direction of flight and a number indicating rate of climb or descent. Tap on the aircraft and it shows the tail number (if reported) and altitude. Given the way that traffic is displayed, it's easy to determine at a glance those aircraft that are or will be a factor; you can ignore the rest.

Approaching Centennial Airport (KAPA) one afternoon, still outside the class D, I noted traffic on the display that was just a mile away and with a track that would cross my path very shortly. I tapped on the symbol and found that he was right at my altitude. I concentrated my scan on the sector where he should be, and there he was. I ended up following him into KAPA. I probably would have seen him without the ADS-B alert, but it would have been a surprise that might have required some quick evasive action.

My only beef so far is that it is very easy to run off and forget the Scout at the end of the flight if you're flying a club or rental aircraft. It is small and unobtrusive, very easy to overlook. Don't ask me how I know!
February 16, 2018
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Amazing device!
I just tried out my new Scout in a Cessna 172. My co-pilot was using a Stratus 2S. We both got the same traffic information. My $200 vs. his $900--it's a no-brainer.
January 5, 2018
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3 months ago
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Just tried it out in my mooney and it works as advertised I would recommend it to anyone using an I pad
December 27, 2017
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4 months ago
Performance
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Threw both Scout (in the box) and iPad in the plane and fired up to depart. Installed Scout on windshield, power cord to USB and turned on iPad. Bluetooth was already hooked up and giving me traffic immediately! Waiting to check some weather and determine Reliability and Durability. Great value.
December 20, 2017
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4 months ago
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Great product!
The Scout works great. It has already prevented a close traffic conflict. It’s low power drain and small size are perfect for my Aeronca Champ which has no electric system.
December 15, 2017
Purchased
5 months ago
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Love it!
Very reasonably priced and it is super simple to use.
December 11, 2017
Purchased
4 months ago
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How long will the Scout run on the 1500ma Holiday battery pack?
A shopper on Nov 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I had my scout set up to the 1500ma battery in my home and had it connected to my i pad and it lasted for about 7.5 hours. it will probably vary when you actually fly with it and its recieving ADS-B information.
What battery pack will be included in the Holiday special?
A shopper on Nov 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: A 1500ma battery pack is included.
What exactly does it mean when it says the scout's "ADS-B traffic will be limited unless your airplane has ADS-B Out installed in the panel"?
Andrew F on Nov 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: ADS-B traffic is limited because of how the information is requested. When equipped with ADS-B out your transponder request traffic. If you are not ADS-B out equipped then traffic is limited by who is close to you and who requested the traffic. We have videos of how ads-b traffic works please go to www.ipadpilotnews.com and search the videos.
Does the Scout (with Limited ADS-B traffic) satisfy the 1-1-2020 requirements, or do I need to buy a Transponder with WAAS?
Donald on Nov 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No it does not - this is portable ADS-B In only. For 2020 you'll need an installed ADS-B Out system, like the Stratus ESG or the Garmin GTX 335.
Does Scout only work with Foreflight or will it work with other EFBs as well? Specifically Jepp FD-Pro or FlightPlan Go?
Tony C on Nov 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Scout device is only compatible with ForeFlight.
Bought it! Wow! A true "plug and play!" but... Aircraft targets are referenced to? Relative altitude? Relative to what? I noticed "-284," "-87," "-15," etc... Not exactly sure how to interpret this. I am ADS-B "in" compliant.
Steve A on Apr 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The traffic is relative to your aircraft, a -15 would mean the target is 1500 below your altitude.
A +15 would mean the target is 1500 above your altitude.
Will the Scout work w/ ForeFlight on my iPhone?
Steve A on Mar 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Scout will work on your iPhone and ForeFlight.
hello this receiver works with garmin pilot?
A shopper on Mar 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is not compatible with the Garmin Pilot app.
Can this be used with FltPlan go app?????????????
A shopper on Dec 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Scout is exclusively used for ForeFlight.
Do I need a foreflight subscription to use this or will it work with the free version?
wildflyer on Nov 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It will work with the free version until the 30-day free trial is up.
Is it true that this would not have an artificial horizon on the Ipad as with the Stratus?
Phil J on Nov 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Correct - there is no GPS or AHRS in Scout, so there is no artificial horizon in ForeFlight. The synthetic vision display in ForeFlight will show basic terrain and obstacle information if your iPad has a GPS built in (the LTE models do). If your iPad does not have a GPS built in, you will need to add one since Scout does not provide this information.
What is the website to configure Scout with Foreflight ?
A shopper on Nov 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Scout does not need to be configured.
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