4.6 / 5.0148 ReviewsDurability4.6 / 5Reliability4.7 / 5Performance4.7 / 5Ease Of Use4.8 / 5Value4.3 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (72)No (4)Durability4 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesStratus 2s required equipment!Not an instrument pilot, but after owning a 2S for a year, I won't go on a cross country without it. Showing other traffic is essential and accurate. ATC will call out traffic which I have seen long ago on my 2S, even if I cannot visually see it until it's a couple miles away. Flew WA to San Jose through lots of smoke from forest fires and being able to see traffic was really important because visibility was only a couple miles.July 15, 2018Purchased
1 year agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesJuly 1, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesLife saver.Stratus has proven to be an essential tool that helps to mitigate the several risks presented by other traffic and weather in the very busy Florida flying environment.June 24, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5June 23, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Expensive but worth itI waited a while before getting it because I wasn’t sure if it would be worth getting and now that I’ve got it, I make sure it goes with me on every flight. The ability to see all the weather around in live time and see traffic in the area is a peace of mind for sure.June 22, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesPricelessThe Stratus has already proven its worth in the two weeks since we've owned it. She has helped us navigate the southern summer storms several times. I absolutely won't travel without my Stratus. Thank you for helping with situational awareness!!June 21, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesLove itGives you an added piece of mind if your plane isn’t equipped with radar or traffic. Even if your plane does have radar, it’s nice to see on ForeFlight what lies behind the radar returns your plane is painting to make the best PIC decision of needing to deviate. I would highly recommendMay 16, 2018Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSlightly overpricedThey need to bring the price down a little bit more. It's a non-TSO'd receiver. There's no reason for it to cost this much.May 2, 2018Purchased
3 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesLife SaverSaved the lives of my wife and I on the very first use. Saturday, April 21st, while at 5500 ft,, we had a cloud bank just West of our flight path. Stratus indicated a plane at the same altitude on a collision course. I was VFR, but could not see the traffic in the cloud bank. I immediately descended 1000 ft. trusting the Stratus just prior to a possible collision, then what do you know, the plane came out of the clouds and went right over us. Fortunately, my wife was asleep.
I will never fly without this technology again!! This and an I-Pad is a must have! It can save your life!April 30, 2018Purchased
3 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesInsanely good piece of equipment to assist spacial awareness in the cockpit. Just like any other tool it’s only as good as the person operating it, so be aware of its limitations.April 30, 2018Purchased
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Browse 100 questions Browse 100 questions and 143 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: 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.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: No, Stratus only works with ForeFlight.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 work world wide?BEST ANSWER: The GPS will work worldwide. The ADS-B data is only available in the US.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.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?Stratus™ 2S ADS-B Receiver for iPadBEST 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?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 helpsI use foreflight and rarely fly above 6000 MSL. I have a data plan on my ipad and the navigation and weather features have worked very well. This may be a very a naive question, but what does Stratus offer that I'm not already getting through my ipad and lower altitude flying?BEST ANSWER: Also note that you will not have any traffic with your data service - only Stratus receives traffic. Finally, there is a built-in AHRS so you have real time pitch and roll information with Stratus, which is not available with just the iPad GPS.For general flying which is best the 1s or 2s? For low time flyers.BEST ANSWER: The Stratus 2S has more features than the 1S. Of course, there is a considerable difference in cost between the two units. If you choose to go with the 1S, you may find yourself initially very much satisfied. But over time, you may want to try the 2S, wondering how much more it offers.
Check if anyone in your area flies with either the 1S or 2S, and ask to see what it looks like. It could give you a sort of "hands on" feel of these Stratus units. Also, get their opinion(s). That might help to give you a better idea what would suit your needs while in the air. If your time in the aircraft will include IFR flights, the 2S has features that you will find will be well worth the extra amount.
Just the same as the other pilot's reply (Kevin Y) to your question, I also use the Stratus 2S. It is in a Beechcraft BE-58, flown here in Hawaii. But I agree with his thought, saying the 1S would be more than sufficient. It is probably safe to assume you have looked over the features of both units a few times already. Whichever Stratus unit you decide on, you will appreciate flying with a great product. It adds to enjoyment of flying. It really will. Best of luck to you!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.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 150My Stratus 1 USB Power internal USB power connector broke this weekend. Apparently it was a "known" issue, that the manufacturer knew about. So it looks like I need to buy another Stratus to replace the expensive hockey puck that I have now. Anyone know of any mechanical deficiencies in the 2s that I need to look out for?BEST ANSWER: The Stratus 2S is a very good product. It delivers everything the manufacturer advertises. It is very dependable. I cannot see any mechanical issues with the 2S. Using the Ram Suction Mount and Stratus Cradle, it would be safe to say that the 2S will withstand the anything the pilot can handle.
Have you inquired if your current Stratus unit could be repaired, before making the decision to purchase a new one?Does 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 the newer SENTRY replace the Stratus 2S?BEST ANSWER: No, it is produced by a different manufacturer.will this work on a ipad pro using flight software wing X7?BEST ANSWER: No, the stratus is exclusively used with Foreflight.Can I record, save, and playback a synthetic vision approach with the stratus 2S and foreflight pro plus?BEST ANSWER: No, it does not have the capability to record the approach. The Stratus will save the data and export it out to google maps or can view on the Foreflight website.How long does it take to charge the battery completely?BEST ANSWER: The Battery should charge in approximately 8 hrs.I read in one of the reviews that there is a battery replacement option. What is that option?BEST ANSWER: We have a battery replacement option item 7746A.Stratus 2 vs 2s ?BEST ANSWER: Minor differences. The 2S has a different charging port, includes a barometric sensor.
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