ForeFlight Sentry ADS-B Receiver

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ADS-B receiver with CO detector

Sentry is a compact, affordable ADS-B receiver specifically made for ForeFlight. In addition to popular features like ADS-B weather and traffic, Sentry also includes a carbon monoxide detector to warn of dangerous conditions in the cockpit. No larger than a deck of cards, Sentry packs long list of features into a small size, but still offers 12 hours of battery life.

Features:

  • Subscription-free weather in flight
  • Dual band ADS-B t...
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ADS-B receiver with CO detector

Sentry is a compact, affordable ADS-B receiver specifically made for ForeFlight. In addition to popular features like ADS-B weather and traffic, Sentry also includes a carbon monoxide detector to warn of dangerous conditions in the cockpit. No larger than a deck of cards, Sentry packs long list of features into a small size, but still offers 12 hours of battery life.

Features:

  • Subscription-free weather in flight
  • Dual band ADS-B traffic
  • Built-in GPS
  • Backup attitude information (AHRS)
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Pressure altitude sensor
  • Weather replay
  • 12-hour battery
  • Connect to ForeFlight via WiFi (5 devices)

Integrated Weather Replay

With onboard memory supporting up to 30 minutes of FIS-B data, Sentry saves animated radar and other weather so data is available as soon as you connect. Turn off your iPad screen and save battery when not in use.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

A first for portable ADS-B receivers, Sentry provides a built-in carbon monoxide sensor and alerting system, with an audio and in-app alert when CO concentration reaches hazardous levels. The LED indicator also provides a visual indication of CO levels.

Synthetic Vision

ForeFlight Synthetic Vision provides a backup glass cockpit on your iPad that can help you stay aware of your position and surroundings in normal and emergency operations. Combined with Sentry, Synthetic Vision provides super responsive pitch and bank in addition to terrain and obstacle depictions. Simple calibration supports mounting Sentry on the left window, dash, or right window.

12 Hour Battery Life

Sentry’s efficient power usage allows 12 hours of continuous operation on a single charge, providing non-stop situational awareness for the long haul. Recharges using included USB-C cable.

Fast & Reliable Mounting with Quick Release

Sentry’s quick release mechanism means you can attach and remove it in under a second. The popular RAM® suction cup mount ensures a long-lasting seal and high heat tolerance so you can leave it in the plane between flights.

Compact Form Factor

If you’ve got room for a deck of cards in your aircraft, you’ve got room for Sentry. Large enough to not get lost under the seat, yet small enough that it doesn’t block your view, and the internal battery makes charging simple and straightforward. Measures 2.25”w x 3.25”l x 1.25”d.

Easy Firmware Updates Through ForeFlight

Updating Sentry’s firmware is a non-issue thanks to fast over-the-air updates through ForeFlight. When an update is available, ForeFlight provides one-tap installation that finishes in seconds.

In the box:

 
Note: Requires ForeFlight version 10.2 or higher.
 

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great buy
we fly a piper meridian. unit works great and just as good as the stratus if you only use foreflight. plus a couple hundred dollars cheaper and longer battery life. I have had it for a few weeks now, and i find it is a great addition to our advanced avionics suite. We were flying in the northwest around the Rockies and having the synthetic vision as a back up for terrain avoidance was a great peace of mind. The only trouble i have had was the units ahrs disconnected a couple of times but only for a few seconds the map/gps has been rock solid. other than that everything is great. I would recommend this to anyone especially someone operating older avionics at lower altitudes.
November 18, 2019
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1 month ago
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Very reliable
Good battery life
November 17, 2019
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2 weeks ago
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5 / 5
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2 / 5
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Egregiously expensive, but a great device
Paying $500.00 for an $85 dollar device is incredibly annoying, BUT it is a great device and over priced toys are the name of the aviation industry game. The Sentry adds a layer of safety to your flight and makes navigation much easier. The AHRS could use some work as it tends to not be the most accurate thing in the world, but if you're buying this device solely to be a backup instrument you may want to reevaluate some priorities anyway.
November 12, 2019
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1 month ago
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Good product
Have used it a couple of times now. I fly corporate jets most of the time with older avionics. The iPad and ForeFlight have always been a great asset to the trips. The additional information provided to ForeFlight by the Sentry ADS-B adds to the usefulness. Upgrading to Performance Plus and the Sentry gives me beyond excellent situational awareness. With the suction cup mount, it is attached out of the way and stays put regardless of turbulence.
I highly recommend this product. I chose it over the cheaper “DIY” ADS-B units as it does not have antennas which can be forgotten, lost or broken, same fore the battery. It is cheaper than the Stratus I have seen and wanted for years, and it performs just as well, along with being out of the way, more secure and longer battery life.
November 10, 2019
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5 / 5
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Yes
Great product
November 3, 2019
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1 month ago
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
It works perfectly with my iPad Mini and uAvionix tailbeacon.
October 26, 2019
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1 month ago
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
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A great step up according to my CFI.
I'm a student pilot and my CFI was using a Scout for his ADS-B. We began using my Sentry and he immediately noticed how it got better reception. He could see planes on the ground taxiing his Scout wasn't always picking up. I can't attest to this but I took his word for it. He's now in the market to sell his Scout and order up a Sentry.
October 23, 2019
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1 month ago
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5 / 5
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Initial impression: excellent!
It worked perfectly, right out of the box! My initial impression is that it is an excellent product.
October 18, 2019
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1 month ago
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Great unit, but IPad hard to read
The only negative thing I can say really has nothing to do with the Sentry unit. It works very well with Foreflight. The only thing negative to say has to do with the difficulty in reading an iPad in bright sunlight. It would seem that someone could develop a screen that is readable in bright sunlight and at a reasonable price.
September 10, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Yes
Great option for ADS-B
Fantastic device for the price, does everything I need it to with Foreflight
September 2, 2019
Purchased
7 months ago
Question and Answer
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What’s the difference between this device and stratus 3?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Sentry has no external antenna connections, a longer battery life of 12 hours and a CO detector. The Stratus 3 has flight data recording, external antenna connections, and is capable of working with apps other than ForeFlight.
Other than the CO2 monitor, what is the primary difference between this and the scout which costs less than half of what this unit retails for?
Scott E on Jul 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Scout does not have a built in GPS, battery, or AHRS for backup attitude. It only does ADS-B.
Does this support GLONASS or only GPS? Also what about the new GPS frequencies that are coming online L2 and L5?
A shopper on Jul 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does both GPS (WAAS) and GLONASS.
what is the benefit of the stratus 3 having an external antenna port and the Sentry not having one? What exactly does the external antenna do?
A shopper on Sep 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It just offers more options for mounting - you could mount the Stratus semi-permanently under the panel or in the back of the airplane, and use an external antenna to maintain good reception. The other benefit would be in areas of marginal ADS-B coverage, where that antenna improves reception. However, most of the time it's not a big issue.
After 5 hours charging the pwr light is blue not green. This normal?
Neil T on Aug 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: My initial charge took longer than 10-15 minutes. But honestly I don't recall the total time. If you leave it on the charger the unit will shut the lights down when fully charged. Blue light while charging. Disconnect the power and turn the unit on it will display level of charge via light colors.
Will this unit function normally in flight while charging? Such as forgetting to charge before a flight and don’t have time to charge prior to departure.
A shopper on Sep 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It will fully function and operate while being charged, just tested this out in flight recently.
Can I Use this item in Japan?
A shopper on Aug 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Sentry can be used world wide. The FIS-B functionality will only work in the US and UK but all other functionality will be supported world wide. You'll still have GPS, CO monitor, ADS-B Traffic reception, and AHRS regardless of location.
Are there any feature/function comparisons with the Stratus 2S and 3?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2019
ForeFlight Sentry ADS-B Receiver
ForeFlight Sentry ADS-B Receiver
Stratus 3 ADS-B Receiver
Stratus 3 ADS-B Receiver
ForeFlight Sentry Mini ADS-B Receiver
ForeFlight Sentry Mini ADS-B Receiver
BEST 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.
Are there any altitude or line of sight limitations for using Sentry?
Charles on Mar 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Like all ADS-B receivers, you'll need to be in flight to get reception most of the time. Coverage is quite good above about 1500 ft. AGL, but like VOR the reception does depend on line of sight.
Is the weather resolution the same as an XM weather unit?
A shopper on Aug 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: For the most part it's the same, except that ADS-B radar only shows good resolution within about 150-250 miles of your airplane. SiriusXM weather is full resolution nationwide. So if you're comparing radar at long distance, the ADS-B will be noticeably blockier.
DOES THIS PRODUCT COMES WITH A MOUNT ?
A shopper on Jul 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it has a suction cup mount.
Does this only work with fore flight?
Evert O on Jul 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it only works with ForeFlight.
Does it have flight recording capability as with the Stratus?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is possible but I have not heard of any mention of that either. Please watch our website.
Does Sentry auto connect to IOS WIFI and ForeFlight?
Jonathan S on Oct 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, After you connect it the first time the iPad will remember the device and connect.
Will this unit work with the WingX program ?
Robert S on Oct 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Sentry does not work with WingX. The Stratus 3 is open ADS-B mode works with the WingX program.
This have a temperature limitation?
Carlos on Sep 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We are currently out of stock of this product so I can not check the manual. I believe it is about 150 degrees that it will shut down. At approximately 115 degrees it will not charge.
I lose wifi all the time when I fly? Does anyone else lose wifi when crossing borders or going past 10500
A shopper on Aug 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I was having the same problem with my Sentry. I called the manufacturer directly and spoke with their technical support. I was advised that my device required a firmware update to resolve the issue. That seems to have corrected the problem. Good luck!
Had an issue with a new Sentry. Received it and connected to iPad and all good. Worked fine and saw SW flight flying overhead. Plugged in iPad charger overnight and blue light was on and then off in the morning so fully charged. Took it to the aircraft and problems. First, I pressed the power button to turn on and all good, but it would not shut down. Pushed and pushed and nothing. Also, while it connected to the same iPad yesterday, today nothing. I contacted FF and one of the techs suggested that I could have overcharged and messed up the BMS...battery management system. I used my normal Apple iPad usb charging block. Does this sound possible or did I just get a bad unit? Anyone know what the specific charging voltage should be. I thought USB C’s were 3 volts, but not sure. Thanks
David K on Jun 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Sounds as if the unit is defective. Please return it to us.
Have heard with multiple reports that the Sentry reception is not as good as the Stratus. Has that improved over the last year or is the Stratus still better?
Cirrusdoc on Jun 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The reception is about the same for the units. Stratus may pick up and additional tower or two but that does not affect the information that is being received. ADS-B requires only one tower.
Trying to find a Father’s Day/Birthday gift. My husband has an iPad with weather info and airport info and maps. Is this the same thing? What is an ADS B Receiver? Thanks
Ellen W on Jun 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This is a receiver that when airborne will provide free weather and traffic information to the iPad's software. This unit works exclusively with Foreflight.
How can I get a duplicate ram mount for Sentry. I have misplaced mine?
Upland Aviator on Jun 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Which part do you need to replace?
Can I Use this item in Europe : France and Switzerland ?
A shopper on May 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The Sentry will perform ONLY as a GPS, AHRS and CO detector. ADS-B weather is not available outside the US.
I 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?
david B on May 26, 2019
ForeFlight Sentry ADS-B Receiver
ForeFlight Sentry ADS-B Receiver
Stratus 3 ADS-B Receiver
Stratus 3 ADS-B Receiver
BEST ANSWER: The items provide the same ADS-B input.
Will the ForeFlight Sentry ADS-B receiver work on a iPad Air 2?
Jim H on May 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will.
Will it fully function in the USVI and/or Puerto Rico?
Eric D on Apr 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I would be fully functional in Puerto Rico. There is no coverage in the USVI.
Can i see traffic’s detail such as, groundspeed, callsign or another with sentry?
A shopper on Apr 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you will see track, altitude and N number if the traffic is ADS-B Out equipped.
Does Sentry require WiFi to operate.?
Rod B on Mar 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Sentry will create a WiFi signal to the iPad/iPhone. It does not provide internet access.
I use foreflight on my IPad Pro. What will my screen look like when I am receiving surrounding traffic ?
Leatherman L on Feb 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It will have a blue triangle that represents an aircraft.
What Bluetooth code should be used to pair with ipad?
A shopper on Feb 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Sentry does not connect to the iPad via Bluetooth. The Sentry use a wifi signal
Is the GPS WAAS or GLONASS?
Nina a on Jan 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is a WAAS GPS and also GLONASS.
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