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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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

Recommended

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

Recommended

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

Recommended

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
Easy to use

Recommended

After using my instructor's stratus during training flights I was hooked. I purchased my own and have not been disappointed. Easy setup & easy to use. Quite an investment but the peace of mind is priceless.
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Julia | GILBERT, Arizona, US | 6/1/2016
Stratus 2

Recommended

Love this gps. Works great and easy to use
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Robert Iannelli | BIRDSBORO, Pennsylvania, US | 5/25/2016
Awesome

Recommended

I was going to get the 1S instead of the 2S and I am SO GLAD that I spent the extra $350 - The synthetic vision feature practically upgrades your plane to having a glass cockpit and will save hours of expensive training time. I can't recommend this product strongly enough.
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SCOTT | PALM SPRINGS, California, US | 5/21/2016
Needs more reliable mounting method

Recommended

A STRATUS laid on the cockpit glare shield of a GA aircraft can overheat and fail in flight. A STRATUS mounted to a window with the 'supplied' suction mount can fall off the window. In flight, it might cause erroneous or no information until it is found and remounted. Falling off the window while still on the ground, and bouncing of a hard surface, will crack the case, VOID the warranty, and result in an expensive repair. The technology of this unit is fantastic, too bad the unreliable mounting methods are still in the stone age.
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Gerry | DARIEN, Illinois, US | 4/21/2016
I finally spent the money...

Recommended

I've wanted a Stratus for a long time, but couldn't bring myself to spend the money, because most of the plane that I rent are G1000 and G500. However, I recently bought a Cessna 140 that has not yet been converted. ;)

I purchased the Stratus 2s to use on the flight fro Oklahoma to Michigan when retrieving my new plane. Used for 9.3 hours over the long cross country straight out of the box and can't say enough good things about it.

My favorite feature is being able to see flight categories and METARs from the air. I'm fresh into my tailwheel time, so it was great to be able to see winds in advance. The Stratus helped me devert twice for more favorable winds.

The GPS accuracy is excellent and often showed better than the typical 5 meters that I'm used to seeing from my Garmin Glo.

Having the automatic data recording is a bonus, because I tend to forget to start recording in ForeFlight.

I have yet to really test the AHARS, but it seems to be very quick when I was messing around with it at home.

Of course, the Stratus works seamlessly with ForeFlight and is extremely easy to pair.

The included suction cup mount is made by RAM and is very high quality. Save yourself $13 and skip the dash mount. It's pretty much useless, because it slides around easily, which negates calibration. The included carrying case is also very high quality and is made to hold everything you need for mounting and operation.

Overall, it is a lot of money to spend, but my opinion is that this unit provides excellent value based on the features it provides. I'm very happy with my purchase and know that it will be a rare occasion that I fly without it.
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Jason | HOWELL, Michigan, US | 3/11/2016

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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: 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 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/
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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