Stratus™ 2S ADS-B Receiver for iPad

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Made for ForeFlight

Stratus™ is the simple-to-use, pocket-sized, wireless receiver that transforms your iPad into the ultimate flight tool. Get subscription-free weather, GPS information, ADS-B traffic and backup attitude – all integrated with ForeFlight Mobile. The new Stratus 2S offers additional features and even better pe...

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Made for ForeFlight

Stratus™ is the simple-to-use, pocket-sized, wireless receiver that transforms your iPad into the ultimate flight tool. Get subscription-free weather, GPS information, ADS-B traffic and backup attitude – all integrated with ForeFlight Mobile. The new Stratus 2S offers additional features and even better performance, but with the same pilot-friendly design that has made Stratus the best-selling ADS-B receiver in aviation.

Subscription-free in-flight weather

In-flight weatherYou can view in-flight weather on your iPad, including NEXRAD radar, METARs, TAFs, TFRs, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, NOTAMs and more. It's updated every 5-10 minutes and there are no subscription fees – ever. Stratus Replay allows you to turn off the iPad screen in flight and save battery; when you turn the screen on again, Stratus will automatically send all the weather information you missed. Also includes animated radar, so you can monitor trends in a storm. Just tap the play button.

Stunning synthetic vision display

Synthetic visionForeFlight's new Synthetic Vision feature rewrites the book on situational awareness. With luminous terrain, night sky view, hands-free declutter, and a brilliant obstacle awareness system, ForeFlight with Synthetic Vision will forever change the way you fly. With Stratus 2S, ForeFlight's synthetic vision really comes alive. The built-in AHRS drives a super responsive pitch and bank instrument in the center of the Synthetic Vision view. In an emergency situation, you’ve got a backup glass cockpit on your iPad.

Dual band ADS-B traffic

TrafficStratus 2S includes a dual band (978 MHz and 1090 MHz) ADS-B receiver so it can display traffic information right on the ForeFlight Maps page. See relative altitude, climb/descent rate and projected track. Picks up all aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out as well as some aircraft equipped with Mode C transponders. Note: ADS-B traffic is limited unless your aircraft has ADS-B Out installed in the panel.

WAAS GPS unlocks track up and terrain

TerrainWith the built-in WAAS GPS receiver, Stratus allows you to view moving maps, track up displays and high resolution terrain maps in ForeFlight. The smart GPS locks on fast and typically provides 1 meter accuracy. Replaces the need for a separate GPS receiver--Stratus has it all!

Built-in AHRS for backup attitude

Built-in AHRSStratus includes a complete Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) for backup attitude information in the cockpit. It aligns itself automatically, so you can just turn it on and fly. Now you can view a backup attitude indicator, GPS groundspeed and altitude on your iPad--in a beautiful split screen mode right in ForeFlight. (Not to be used for primary reference.)

Automatic flight data recorder

Flight data recorderStratus is the first ADS-B receiver to offer a complete flight data recorder system. When this is enabled, Stratus automatically records your flight--complete with GPS position, altitude speed and attitude. Flight logs are saved in ForeFlight, and can be viewed online, in Google Earth or in the CloudAhoy app. Ideal for proficiency flights and CFIs.

Pressure altitude sensor

AltitudeWith its built-in barometric pressure sensor, Stratus 2S allows ForeFlight to display both pressure altitude and GPS altitude. Plus, ForeFlight’s automatic Cabin Pressure Advisor alerts you when you might need oxygen by flashing a message anytime cabin altitude exceeds 12,000 or 25,000 ft.

The Stratus Platform

Seamless integration with ForeFlight mobile

ForeFlight integrationStratus is the only ADS-B receiver that works with ForeFlight, aviation’s most popular app. That’s because Stratus was designed from the ground up to integrate with the app, so you can view complete status information right from the moving map page. Stratus simply works the right way.

Works with Apple watch

Apple WatchWith a Stratus on board and connected to iPhone, ADS-B weather is delivered right to ForeFlight for Apple Watch. Easily view current METARs for airports in your recents and favorites lists. A customizable dashboard of flight instruments is also available, which helps you keep track of information like ETE, ETA, distance to destination, track, ground speed, GPS altitude, and more.

Designed to work with the Stratus ESG transponder

ADS-B outGet a complete traffic picture when you add Stratus ESG - the only ADS-B Out transponder made specifically for Stratus. This all-in-one solution, which includes a built-in WAAS GPS, meets the 2020 FAA mandate, and offers improved reception and full-time power for your Stratus portable. Certification planned for early 2016.

Pilot-friendly design

  • Easy one button operation - just turn it on and fly.
  • Completely wireless - can be mounted anywhere.
  • Outstanding battery life - over 8 hours for all-day flying.
  • Enhanced reception - no external antennas required.
  • Optional WiFi security setting - ideal for airline operations.
  • Improved thermal capabilities - automatic fan keeps Stratus cool.
  • Rugged USB-C charging connector - same as found on new Macbooks
  • Works well in turbine airplanes - weather reception at FL410.
  • Designed by pilots and made in USA – Stratus is built to last.

In the box

  • Stratus™ 2S Receiver
  • Suction Cup with Cradle 
  • Charging Cable
  • Wall Outlet Charging Plug
  • Molded Case for Storage
  • Pilot's Guide

Notes

  • WiFi connection allows 5 iPads and/or iPhones to connect to Stratus simultaneously.
  • ADS-B coverage varies by location and altitude – does not work on the ground in most locations. Coverage not available outside US.
  • Comes with charging cable and 110V wall plug; charging cable works with all 2.1 amp cigarette lighter plugs as well (sold separately).
  • Also includes suction cup mount, deluxe carrying case and pilot's guide.
  • For fleet sales, please contact ForeFlight at sales@foreflight.com

Additional Resources

John Zimmerman

Vice President, Catalog Division—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

The Stratus 2S has changed the way I and many pilots fly. The list of benefits is long but it all boils down to one thing. I have information in the cockpit while I'm flying that let's me make better, more informed decisions so I can fly more often.

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Nice unit but what's up with the case?

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I received my new 2s today, as I upgraded from the Stratus generation 1, so this is a very nice improvement. The white case, the smaller and more solid feeling package, etc. seems very nice. I only rated the categories that I could since I've only had this one day, but as long as it performs like the generation 1, I'm sure I'll be happy (albeit a little expensive). However, the reason for my review is that the case, which appears totally custom designed for this unit and it's accessories, does not fit the RAM mount! There's an area in the case for the mount, and it has an indented cylinder presumably for the RAM suction cup, but it won't fit. No matter how I puzzle the RAM mount, it will not nicely fit in the case, and to keep it in the case, you need to smush it in there which will probably ruin the RAM suction cup. Any way that you place the mount in the designated spot, you have to subject the mount to deformation of some sort. For almost a thousand bucks and what appears to be a totally tricked out custom case, I am disappointed in the "misfit" of this item. Anyone else with the same problem?
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John Peruzzi | 8/19/2016
"Damaged" Product

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Received the Stratus quickly from Sporty's Pilot Shop. I opened the package......everything was packaged just fine except for the Stratus unit itself. When I pulled the unit out of its pocket, I noticed the unit had dirt on it and after examining it more closely, I noticed many small scuffs all over it and also a red "crayon-like" marking on the side. I called Sporty's customer service line under the assumption that the Stratus unit I received was either used or "refurbished" (not what I had paid for or expected). The associate on the line was friendly to me, but when I told her that I wanted to return the product due to it being scuffed and possibly "used", she quickly informed me that this was a normal occurrence and that the product should work just fine, regardless of its exterior condition. Apparently, other consumers had received their Stratus from the manufacturer with similar "scuff marks" on it and the customer service associate informed me that the padded case the unit came in was the cause of these scuff marks. I find this extremely hard to believe, as the interior of the case had no sharp edges and the Stratus unit fit snugly in its designated spot with absolutely no free movement. I tried repeatedly to plead my case with the customer service associate, but she seemed to be more concerned with defending the manufacturer than with actually listening to my concern. She told me that the unit should work totally fine as advertised regardless of the scuffs and scratches on its exterior. To this argument, I replied with the example of a customer going to buy a "new" car from a dealer, only to discover that their $40,000 brand new car had scratches and scuffs on the paint. I asked her how she would feel if the salesperson told her: "Well, the car should run totally fine....we have a lot of new cars come from the manufacturer with these types of exterior issues". I was met with a reply of silence. Bottom line: I paid almost $1,000 for this product and I do not believe it is unreasonable to expect it to be in pristine, "brand new" condition when it arrives from the manufacturer. I will go ahead and use the product under the expectation that it will work as advertised, BUT if any Sporty's employee is reading this review, PLEASE NOTIFY THE MANUFACTURER and tell them that this is not an acceptable business practice.
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Brett Barnes | 8/15/2016
Love it!!!

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Works great with my iPad mini. I use Foreflight. I now have everything I need in one place.
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Steve | 8/11/2016
Must Have

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Obviously while quite expensive this product more then made up for it with its reliability, easy to use and the fact of safety as it provides with weather and traffic. This device has actually saved me money with wasted fuel due to weather changing while in flight so i can divert early. I fly a lot in SE region and the weather in summer changes very fast. This has made my flying a lot more safe. Very happy to have!!!
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Alexander | TAMPA, Florida, US | 7/24/2016
I wish I can join in the love affair...

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I wish there was bluetooth connectivity to the ipad. You have to remember to keep changing the WIFI network on the ipad when you get into the plane. There were a few times that I forgot to do this until I was in the air. Occasionally my ipad would also lose the wifi connection to the stratus. I have also lost the GPS signal on a number of occasions. Anyway, I have had a few too many "WTH" moments with this in flight.
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>Michael | HILLSBOROUGH, New Jersey, US | 7/24/2016
Must have,

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If you love flying and want to do any cross country . S2 an extra iPad and you are half packed.
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Denise Robinson | 7/15/2016
Wow

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With the Stratus 2s, you can really see what is going on around you and down the road. I have a coast to coast trip coming up that I'm looking forward to using it on...
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Lynn | 6/29/2016
Excellent product

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We have been using Garmin 496s with XM weather in our medevac airplanes. The problem is that at times it took as much as 30 minutes to display on the 496. Most of our flights are 45 minutes so by the time we saw the weather it was too late to be useful. Our radar is good but to get the overall picture is even better. With the stratus we get weather sometimes on taxi. Considering the cost of the XM subscription and the Garmin, the stratus is the winner hands down.
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Bill Belanger | CARIBOU, Maine, US | 6/27/2016
Works as it should

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The stratus 2s works just as it should. It has great battery life which is good for long trips. The price is pretty steep for a little box but it does quite a few things. I do like the automatic track logging that is built in because sometimes Foreflight does not automatically start.
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Blake | FRIENDSWOOD, Texas, US | 6/26/2016
Recommended, but with reservations

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I got the Stratus 2 before a trip from upstate NY to Florida and then the Bahamas. I just upgraded my Garmin 330 transponder to ES-330, so I was fully compliant with ADS-B Out. i have XM sat weather and TIS traffic, so I had some good comparisons.

Setup for the Stratus was very easy. Just turn it on, and Join the network with the iPad and my wife's iPhone. I still haven't found a good place to mount it with the suction mount in my Piper Arrow. the power outlet is on the right side of the panel, but I don't want it on the door or behind the doorway because of the charging wire, so I draped the wire behind me, along with the tangle of wires for the iPad and phone chargers. It's a lot easier to leave it on battery but with two four-hour legs I wanted the charger.

i picked up the ground stations below 1,000 feet, and they are plainly displayed on the Foreflight map. I had to add a filter to remove the airplanes at 30,000 feet, and then I saw very little traffic, even going by busy NY airspace. What I did see was nice, particularly participating planes that had datablocks when you hover over them. These blocks tell the type aircraft, speed, altitude, heading. However, I still saw more traffic in a cleaner display on my Garmin 430, with TIS from the transponder. Of course that service is being phased out.

Weather is not as easy as the XM weather on my portable yoke-mounted Garmin 396. The rain does not seem to show as many shades, but it is serviceable. I like seeing lightning on the 396, which is a feature of XM, not ADS-B.

Overall it is OK, and cheaper than the subscription weather, but I'm not cancelling my XM service yet (I like the satellite music, too).
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Bob Singer | 6/8/2016

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Will this work on an original iPad or do I need a newer one?
Terry D on Jul 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Version 2 iPad or later It won't work on the very first iPad. What an amazing device, make sure you get the extended antennas.
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 OUT
Don H on Jul 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Here's a good summary of the ADS-B traffic issue: http://ipadpilotnews.com/2016/01/ads-b-traffic-101-2/
Can this unit pair and run 2 iPads at the same time?
A shopper on Aug 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. It puts out a wifi signal, and should connect to as many units that are in the area.
Are the external antennas for the 2s required? How well does it work without them?
Greg M on Aug 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I mounted mine behind the panel, so I used the external GPS antenna and hooked the ADS antenna up to an unused belly mounted transponder antenna. It all works excellent. I have many friends that mount their 2s on the on top of the glare shield without external antennas and they say it works perfectly too, although the ADS doesn't pick up as many stations.
How much memory on iipad is needed to run forefight mobile ?
Curtis N on Jul 28, 2016
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.
Will stratus work with iPad mini without any problems if I also have Garmin gdl39 in use in same aircraft?
A shopper on Jul 27, 2016
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 helps
I have the first model stratus is there any trade in available for the new model ?
Roy S on Aug 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We do not offer a trade-in program at this time. If you did want to upgrade, Stratus usually sell on eBay for some money.
Will it work in Europe e.g. Austria as well?
Or does it only work in the U.S. or North America?
Ronald B on Aug 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The GPS and AHRS work worldwide, so you would have moving map and backup attitude. The ADS-B traffic will work a little bit in Europe, but you'll only see other airplanes that are ADS-B Out equipped. There is no weather in Europe, since that is based on a US ground station network.
Do I need cellular service to get full functionality of the Stratus 2S?
Jim P on Aug 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No you do not - a WiFi only iPad works just fine.
Does it work with other apps like jeppesen FD pro?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No. Only Foreflight at this time.
Does it come with a mount?
A shopper on Jul 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does - it includes a suction cup mount for use on a side window.
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