Stratus ADS-B Receiver - First generation

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Regular Price: $699.00

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Subscription-free weather, GPS and single band traffic.

The original Stratus is the easiest, least expensive way to get subscription-free weather on your iPad. Stratus is a totally wireless, portable receiver that streams NEXRAD radar, text weather, TFRs and GPS position to the ForeFlight app—all without a monthly subscription. Simply turn on Stratus, connect to your iPad and go flying. There are no wires, no subscriptions and no hassles.

Why Stratus is different:

  • Totally wireless. Other weather receivers require power cables, external antennas and messy installation. Stratus is completely portable. With an internal GPS, built-in ADS-B antenna and 8-hour battery, there are zero wires, and the non-slip case can be placed out of the way.
  • Longest battery life. The last thing you need to worry about when you’re avoiding weather is whether the battery will die on your weather receiver. So Stratus has an 8-hour rechargeable battery built-in. No cigarette lighter is required, and you can fly all day on a single charge.
  • Seamless integration with ForeFlight. Stratus 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.
  • Incredibly easy to use. With just one button and virtually no setup, you can take Stratus on every flight. After the first use, Stratus automatically connects to your iPad, so you can simply start ForeFlight and go flying. It’s perfect for renters, flying clubs and corporate flight departments.

WiFi connection allows multiple iPads to connect to Stratus. 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. Measures 4.25" w x 5.75" d x 1" h. Weighs 11.4 oz. Made in USA.

Requires ForeFlight Mobile app. iPad 2 or higher is strongly recommended for best performance. Also works with iPad Mini.


Frequently Asked Questions

How good is ADS-B coverage? Stratus receives weather data from a nationwide network of ground stations, so you must be in range of a station to get updated weather. This network is being built out by the FAA, and much of the country has excellent coverage right now. In general, east of the Mississippi River, throughout Texas and up the West Coast has good coverage above 1000 ft. AGL. See this map for latest updates.

What about overheating? Just like your iPad, Stratus has a large lithium battery inside, which can overheat in extreme temperatures. To prevent damage, the unit will shut itself off when it gets too hot. As a result, we recommend you do not place Stratus on the glare shield when in flight. The ideal position will allow for reception of GPS (view of the sky) and ADS-B (view of the ground) signals while staying cool. Options include a co-pilot seat or back seat. An optional suction cup window mount is also available, and provides for the best GPS and ADS-B reception, and virtually eliminates any chance of overheating.

What weather products will I receive? Stratus sends the following weather products to ForeFlight: NEXRAD radar, METARs, TAFs, TFRs, SIGMETs, AIRMETs, NOTAMs, Pilot Reports and wind/temperature aloft.

What's the difference between Stratus 1 and Stratus 2? The first and second generation Stratus receivers share a lot in common: both receive subscription-free ADS-B weather, both include a WAAS GPS, both are totally wireless, both feature an 8-hour battery life and both work with ForeFlight Mobile. Stratus 2 adds dual band ADS-B traffic (Stratus 1 is single band, so not as complete a traffic picture) and a built-in AHRS for backup attitude information. Stratus 2 is also 30% smaller, with improved GPS performance and better heat resistance.

Additional Resources

"In this case marketing really did prove to be the reality... it performed flawlessly."

AOPA Pilot

“Stratus is not only a terrific product, but it’s one for which I’d give a very strong ‘buy’ recommendation to our readers.”

Robert Goyer, Flying Magazine

"The most compelling alternative to satellite weather we've seen."

Aviation Consumer

"It's the best deal I've ever seen. I wholeheartedly recommend it!"

Plane & Pilot

"A portable cockpit system that is totally wire-free seems like a miracle, but it is for real."

EAA Sport Aviation

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excellent product at an excellent price

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Glad to be able to finally buy this.
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testterry | batavia, Ohio, US | 1/22/2015
 
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Guest | Commercial | 11/27/2014
 
Pros:
Handy weather updates
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The GPS connection for position was only 95% reliable and sometimes it loses the location for several seconds. The GPS altitude was 2 or 3 times by 300 feet off of the local airport elevation.

The ADS-B only makes sense when you have towers in the vicinity. Here, out west, are not that many towers available when on cross country trips. A lower cost GPS would be maybe a better choice for just to have your location addressed on the iPad. But then, again, once it found a tower it was nice to see the thunder clouds on the iPad just around 100 miles west of us so we changed route.
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Erno Ovari | Private | 6/25/2014
 
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Guest | N CHARLESTON, South Carolina, US | Commercial | 6/17/2014
 
Pros:
Works great when needed in weather
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Plug or port to antennae does not keep a connection after minimal usage over the last 18 months. The weather drops off when this happens

I wanted an occasional backup to my weather radar in my Astra, so I ordered this item, along with all of the accessories. After about 14 months of ownership, I find that the plug port won't keep a connection to the antennae, and the signal drops off. For $900 and low usage, I am disappointed that the connector ( or the box) has gone bad
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Lerotas | ATP | 1/24/2014
 
Pros:
Unit works perfectly. Goodbye to paper charts. Hello to efficient cockpit organization.
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For the amount of actual electronics equipment and manufacturing involved I feel the unit is way overpriced. Compare that you can buy a large TV with a remote and a wide variety of features for $300. $59 for an external antenna? Just because something is involved with aviation does it need to be overly expensive?
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captainsma | ATP | 10/3/2013
 
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Guest | Private | 9/2/2013
 

Not Recommended

Pros:
It is easy to use.
Before it dies in flight, it's great
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Terrible battery life.
Unintuitive icons
Drops dead and breaks your hear
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Commercial MEI IFR DC | Commercial | 5/30/2013
 
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geeman | ATP | 4/3/2013
 
Pros:
Very easy to use. Links to foreflight with a simple wi-fi connection. No other configuration required. Linked devices screen shows current status including battery life, etc. Battery outlives iPad battery.
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Does not provide traffic data. I would prefer that the system warn the user that traffic data is not complete unless user has extended squitter transponder rather than not have traffic altogether.

Watch device temperature. Placing the receiver on the instrument panel in direct sunlight can cause it to overheat and shut down.
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Guest | Commercial | 3/28/2013
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