Customer Reviews4.5 / 5.084 ReviewsDurability4.6 / 5Reliability4.5 / 5Performance4.5 / 5Ease Of Use4.8 / 5Value4.3 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (63)No (7)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesEssentialEssential to use as a CFI when you have other people’s lives in your hands. Traffic awareness is unmatched, saved me twice already.September 23, 2019Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability2 / 5Reliability1 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?NoRandomly Turns off in flightThe original unit I purchased from Sportys and the replacement they sent me under warranty, both randomly turn off during flight. There is no pattern to it. I have it charging in the cockpit, but I have also tried on battery power only. In both cases, it just randomly turns off in flight.September 8, 2019Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesThe best everOutstanding product!!! Very reliable and easy to use I recommend this product fo every pilot [GA, Corporate and even Airline).August 13, 2019Purchased
1 month agoPerformance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesThe Stratus 3 has been error free. I wish they would ship it with the suction cup mount though. Currently I’m using the tray on the glare shield. It does get pretty warm, but hasn’t shut off to date. Flying with FlyQ and have been happy with the results.August 12, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesPleased.Great upgrade for me. I had the 2nd generation and this newer version adds some neat extra features. BTW nothing wrong with generation 2. I never had a glitch with it.August 11, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesDoes everything as stated, with no issues. Links to ForeFlight instantly and stays connected. Does overheat if used on the front glare shield but aiming the wing vent towards it solves the problem. This is in Texas so 100^f out.July 30, 2019Purchased
10 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesI did happen to have a flight on Air Canada as a passenger
from Toronto to Athens Greece.
I turned the Stratus on in Toronto on taxing out just to see what it can do and when would I loose the signal on climb out.
The Stratus picked up the signal on taxing out up to the level altitude of 33k and when the pilot announced that he had to deviate for weather and had to clime to 35k the navigation of the stratus resumed and the new altitude showed on the I pot as well till he corrected back on track what an amazing tool, I am an IFR pilot and I have flown the north root many times as I have sold many Airplanes to Europe and have delivered to my customers and all I have to say that on
July 22 2019 I could have flown transatlantic only on that wonderful unit without any problem at all.
I personal love the Stratus and I can not deliver any Airplanes to my customers with out it I am presently in Greece on my holiday and can’t wait till my trip home to do it again the only
Think I have to say here that other passengers were asking me about the Stratus including the pilot when I told him that I used the Stratus and ForeFlight and I never lost the signal for minute on a pressurized airplane not for a minute not even when I slept for couple hours and he was amassed to hear that.
I also want to tell here that the unit was just a Stratus 2s and
I believe the 3 it’s much better.
JimJuly 28, 2019Durability4 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesJuly 27, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesNice DeviceIt works as advertised and I am very pleased with its performance. I made the mistake of leaving it on the glare shield during a stop on a hot day and received continuous pop-up warnings on my iPad that it had overheated and was in danger of shutting down. I was able to deflect the heat so it kept running. At my next stop I brought it indoors with me and had no problems on the next leg.July 22, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Superb productI use this on cross countries and basically any flights, and this product is just amazing. Its durable, because I’ve dropped it several times and it doesn’t even have a scratch, there is just one button that is the power button so using it doesn’t get any easier, there is an auto shutoff switch which is amazing, and it’s tracking and ADS-B works super well.After takeoff from KFRGJuly 15, 2019Purchased
4 months ago
- Question and Answer
Browse 87 questions Browse 87 questions and 101 answersCan you present a side-by-side comparison between my Stratus 2 and a Stratus 3 so I can make an informed decision as to whether I need or want the additional features?Is there a trade in or upgrade program for the Stratus 2 I bought earlier this year?Looks like none of the improvements over the S2 are hardware features. Will there be a software upgrade for the S2 to enable the same features or is this a way to push people to buy a new device? Would really like to see a software upgrade path here for everybody that has the S2.BEST ANSWER: Appareo is working on a firmware update, and some (but not all) of these new features will be available for older Stratus units.What are the improvements over Stratus 2?Will the stratus 3 work with the Jeppesen FD on the Microsoft Windows platform?BEST ANSWER: Stratus 3 will work with most other apps using the GDL 90 format.Will the new 3 fit in the window mount that came with the 2S?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Stratus 3 is the same size as the 2S and will work in the suction cup mount.Any issues of powering off due to over heating?BEST ANSWER: I just flew my first flight and placed the stratus 3 same location as I use to place stratus 2, during flight I noted a comment on my ForeFlight that stratus 3 was about to overheat , never saw this in years with stratus 2.I bought the S1 early on. I have been hoping that Stratus would at some point give a trade allowance in order to upgrade. Do you think that will ever happen?BEST ANSWER: There is a trade-in program for Stratus 2S but not for Stratus 1 at this time.Can you provide a comparison between the Stratus 3 and Foreflights Sentry?BEST ANSWER: There are 2 significant differences (aside from the price difference) between the Stratus 3 and Sentry. 1) The Stratus 3 has GDL 90 support, the Sentry does not and 2) the Stratus has external antenna connections. What this means to the end user is that the Sentry will *only* work with ForeFlight while the Stratus is compatible with any app that accepts the GDL 90 input. Also, you can mount the Stratus more permanently by taking advantage of the external antenna connections and keep it tucked away in the cockpit. There are some other minor differences (size, default mounting options, etc) that can be found elsewhere, but these are (I think) less significant.Will this work with the same connectors on the ESGI?BEST ANSWER: It is mentioned in a later post that the Stratus 2 connector to Stratus ESG uses a different cable than the 3. I have the Stratus 2/ESG setup, I guess I will have to get a new cable if i upgrade.Are there any feature/function comparisons with the Stratus 2S and 3?Stratus 3 ADS-B ReceiverBEST ANSWER: Stratus 3, 8-hour battery, GPS, ADS-B in and AHARS
Sentry 12-hour battery, GPS, ADS-B in and AHARS
Sentry mini must provide a power source, Provides GPS and ADS-B in.In Foreflight, can Stratus 3 display traffic and weather at the same time, or only on separate pages?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Stratus will display traffic and weather at the same time.Will this work with an iFly GPS by Adventure Pilot model i740B?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. I am using it myself. It is a wonderful upgrade. But, you can't use Foreflight and IFly at the same time since it has to switch modes.Does it come with a USB cord?BEST ANSWER: It includes a usb charging cable.When will be in stock?BEST ANSWER: Should be in stock on July 20th.What are the advantages of the Stratus3 over the newly announced Sentry model?BEST ANSWER: Flight data recording, smart WiFi connection, auto shut off, and Open ADS-B so it will work with multiple apps. There are also options for external antennas on the Stratus 3, so it can be remote mounted.I have a Stratus 2, not 2S installed in my plane and connected to my Stratus ESG using the factory wiring kit. Is the new Stratus 3 connection port exactly the same and comparable with my current set up? I know there was a difference between versions 1 and 2.BEST ANSWER: The ADS-B antenna is the same. The power/GPS cable has a different connection at the Stratus unit.
The Cable is available for $37.50, item 7098A.Regarding your Stratus-3 ADSB receiver, What is the price for the map display software, and what is it being displayed on? Thanks, Bob KBEST ANSWER: The software in the screenshots above is ForeFlight and it is displayed on an iPad. Subscriptions start at $99.99/year.Can you access all foreflight info (e.g. AF/D's) when connected or just weather-related info?BEST ANSWER: Mark, the Stratus 3 has all the functionality of the Stratus 2S plus some additional functions that will be available as the FAA adds them to WAAS. I am completely satisfied with my purchase of the Status 3. If you would like to view some videos on the capabilities of the Stratus 3, they are available on both the Sporty's website as well as youtube. Hope this helps and good flying.Does the WiFi icon not show up in the top left corner anymore when you are connected to Stratus?BEST ANSWER: That's correct. The Smart WiFi in Stratus 3 is telling the iPad that WiFI is only for short range data transfer, not internet connection, so the iPad will not show a WiFi symbol up there. You can still check in ForeFlight to verify Stratus is connected.Why does the Stratus 3 not come with the suction cup mount any longer? The “In the Box” section doesn’t appear to have the suction cup mount listed as an included item as it did on the 2S. Is this correct or is it a typo in the description?BEST ANSWER: The manufacturer went back to the dash mount based on customer feedback. The suction cup is available for purchase and fits the Stratus 3.I’m flying from KPBI (West Palm Beach, FL) to SPJC (Lima, Peru) using ForeFlight’s Jepp charts. What kind of weather will I receive from Stratus 3 over the Gulf of Mexico and into South America?BEST ANSWER: Once you leave the ADS-B towers in the US you will not receive weather.Does the stratus 3 have ADSB out or just ADSB in ?BEST ANSWER: Should be ADS-B in since it is a receiver vice transmitter (no out signal except wifi).I'm a Stratus 2 owner and am looking to upgrade to a pressure-altitude solution. Am I correct that the main differences between the Sentry and Stratus 3 are 12 hr vs. 8 hr battery life, and closed vs. open architecture? A trade-in program would definitely help bridge the gap.BEST ANSWER: One other difference: Stratus 3 has external antenna options so it can be remote mounted.
Here are the Stratus 2S upgrade program details: Yes, there is a $200 credit for Stratus 2S. Here are the details: http://www.sportys.com/media/pdf/stratusupgrade.pdfIf I buy a Stratus 3, can I get a rebate on trading in a Stratus PRX V2?BEST ANSWER: No, there is not a trade-up program for the Stratus 3.Will the Stratus 3 provide me with weather information and will it provide me with traffic information in Canada?BEST ANSWER: It will not provide weather or traffic in Canada. Canada does not have ADS-B towers.Cockpit altitude warning?BEST ANSWER: The unit has a pressure sensor and will alert when the cockpit altitude reaches 12000.Is it possible to change the wifi SSID on the stratus 3?BEST ANSWER: I do not believe that it is changable.Anyone have luck against a heated windshield in a crj200?BEST ANSWER: I would recommend the external antennas that can be placed away from the heated windshieldI own a Stratux, is it worth it to upgrade to this or is it an upgrade at all. I find the Stratux software does everything fine, what does this do better?Stratus 3 ADS-B ReceiverBEST ANSWER: The items provide the same ADS-B input.
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