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 top-of-the-line 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.

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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 top-of-the-line 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. Plus, 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. This can double your iPad's battery life.

Stunning synthetic vision display

Synthetic visionForeFlight's 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 all aircraft equipped with Mode C transponders (if your airplane has ADS-B Out in the panel). Note: ADS-B traffic is limited if your aircraft does not have ADS-B Out installed in the panel.

WAAS GPS Powers 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. Learn more in this blog post

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 - perfect for turbocharged or pressurized airplanes.

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.

 

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

From the Press

"The standby instrument presentations on a tablet (at least an iPad and ForeFlight) have reached a level of sophistication that, in my opinion, allow a high-performance single-engine piston airplane to be safely flown to VFR conditions in an emergency. It's far easier than partial panel flight using a turn coordinator."

- Rick Durden, The Aviation Consumer

"We flew with the Stratus 2S portable ADS-B receiver for over a year to see how it would hold up. It proved solidly reliable in virtually all weather."

The Aviation Consumer

 

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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Reviews

Customer Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Would You Recommend?
Yes (38)
No (1)
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5 / 5
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Yes
I love this
I bought the Stratus as an early Christmas present for myself and I am glad I did...the Stratus takes situational awareness to a new level....I
November 17, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
good purchase
best feature is traffic, but there are a lot of other bells and whistles.
November 8, 2017
Purchased
4 weeks ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
My third one
This is my third STRATUS Receiver, the first two were sold with airplane. Tried two different brands in between; always came back to STRATUS. -Go and get one, don't dilly-dally.
November 5, 2017
Purchased
1 month ago
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Definitely worth the safety factor
I bought the 2S for my first trip from Seattle to Oshkosh. We were able see and avoid severe weather and it was nice to see traffic. We flew IFR between 10,000 and 13,000 ft both directions. I also purchased the external GPS and ADS-B antennas which was worth the expense and piece of mind.

I will note my flying partner had a Garmin unit without external antennas and his weather did not update reliably above 6,000 ft. whereas the 2S did. Nothing against Garmin. They have great products. He has since added external antennas and works much better.

Full disclosure: I use ForeFlight for which the 2S is optimized for and my flying partner uses Garmin Pilot.
October 30, 2017
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Great system to drive ForeFlight nav and a stand-alone backup AHI
More precise course tracking than using a VOR radial. While technically flying the VOR I use the Stratus for precise nav positioning with ForeFlight on a yoke mounted IPad mini4 and rarely show less than 3m accuracy. At the same time I side window mount an IPhone 6+ dedicated to the Stratus Horizon as a backup for the panel vacuum AHI. If only the Feds would allow the 2S to contain ADS-B out
October 30, 2017
Purchased
10 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Worth the money.
Has done everything I expected it to do. The AHRS is one of my favorite features. Also it is incredibly easy to use right out of the box, turn it on connect iPad and you’re good to go.
October 23, 2017
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Excellent Product
I have just started flying with the Stratus so I can’t comment on durability, but as far as function it is a pleasure to use, highly recommended.
October 20, 2017
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
I don't know how people travel cross country without it
Awesome, I have nothing bad to say about this product
October 12, 2017
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
2 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Battery 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, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Response from Sporty's Pilot Shop
You might try a factory reset on the Stratus (turn it on, then hold down the power button for 30 seconds). That can sometimes help recalibrate the battery life. Less than 6 hours is definitely abnormal for a newer unit.
October 23, 2017
John ZimmermanStaff
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Value
Works and functions as advertised, seems a little pricey...
October 5, 2017
Purchased
4 months ago
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Will this work on an original iPad or do I need a newer one?
tdevo 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.
Will Stratus work in Canada?
Alex G on Jan 8, 2017
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.
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/
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?
A shopper on Oct 9, 2016
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?
Greg M on Aug 21, 2016
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?
A shopper on Aug 3, 2016
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?
Paul B on Aug 29, 2016
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?
Cynthia C on Dec 19, 2016
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.
Brett F on Aug 29, 2016
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...pedro
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.
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.
Does this provide real time weather to Foreflight while in flight?
John L on Sep 29, 2016
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?
Darrell S on Oct 25, 2016
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?
Patrick. M on Aug 31, 2016
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?
Nicolas on Nov 15, 2017
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BEST 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?
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
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.
Doug O on Dec 29, 2016
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 150
Does the stratu have synthetic vision?
A shopper on Oct 18, 2016
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?
A shopper on Sep 27, 2016
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 ?
dave c on Aug 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It does,
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?
Jerome H on Nov 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The cradle and suction cup are item 7016A.
Does it work world wide?
A shopper on Nov 17, 2017
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?
A shopper on Nov 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it will work when it is plugged into a power source.
does stratus 2s work at South Korea(Far Eastern Asia) ?
Captain Jake on Sep 29, 2017
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) ?
327mill 3 on Sep 26, 2017
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?
Nancy g on Sep 16, 2017
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?
Doug N on Sep 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The stratus make a wifi connection. It does not provide internet service.
How to update firmware stratus2???
A shopper on Aug 12, 2017
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 ?
A shopper on Aug 4, 2017
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?
Paul T on Jul 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is limited to the United States.
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