4.7 / 5.0101 ReviewsDurability4.7 / 5Reliability4.6 / 5Performance4.7 / 5Ease Of Use4.8 / 5Value4.5 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (80)No (6)Durability3 / 5Reliability1 / 5Performance2 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?NoProduct Review ForeFlight SENTRYSENTRY disconnects from ForeFlight. This is a known bug confirmed by the manufacturer who said they are working on a fix.
When fully charged, the SENTRY battery never shows greater than a 95% charge level in ForeFlight.
No country of origin markings noted anywhere on the product or any of the packaging.
Instruction manual is bare bones, more like a quick start guide, and lacks detailed instructions and explanations.
A SENTRY product specification sheet is not available. This was confirmed by the manufacturer.
Case does not seem durable. On-off button feels cheap.
The window mount, protective case, and charge cable are great.January 23, 2020Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesThis is a great receiver fo weather and traffic. I’m still learning all the details but I can watch air traffic from my house so it’s been a great buyJanuary 6, 2020Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesJanuary 5, 2020Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesBest Pilot's help for small aircraftI used it the moment I recieved it. The Sentry is an amazing tool for all pilots that have don't have aircraft with the capability of getting weather and any related information from their basic avionics on dashboard. Its small, portable and relays all info to the ipad. It's beyond my expectations. Recommended !!!December 31, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesImpressive little device!Has performed flawlessly so far. Battery life appears to be as claimed, having gone down 50% in 6 hours of flying. Mount is very convenient and secure. A huge improvement over my old receiver.December 29, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesDecember 28, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesDecember 27, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesHave not used it in my plane but did on a commercial flight ME to FL. It worked well especially since is was in a middle seat and just pit the Sentry on the tray table. Picked up traffic and weather and the gps worked pretty well. When gps on the Sentry failed the iPad gps took over seamlessly. Only complaint is not the fault of the Sentry but with my basic subscription to ForeFlight there is no turn or slip indication.December 22, 2019Purchased
1 month agoLate DeliveryDevice is awesome. Service by Sporty's terrible. Placed order based on guaranteed delivery by December 9. Sporty's shipped quickly but FedEx took the shipment and it went to a local terminal and went nowhere for a few days. Device arrived December 11, too late for a planned trip. When I called Sporty's customer service to share this with them they thanked me for the feedback, but didn't seem surprised or to much care. Disappointed with this.December 17, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesPlug and Playfired right up out of the box. connected to wifi on ipad and started. simple and clean, niceDecember 17, 2019Purchased
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- Question and Answer
Browse 60 questions Browse 60 questions and 70 answersWhat’s the difference between this device and stratus 3?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?BEST ANSWER: Scout does not have a built in GPS, battery, or AHRS for backup attitude. It only does ADS-B.Are there any feature/function comparisons with the Stratus 2S and 3?ForeFlight Sentry 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.Does this support GLONASS or only GPS? Also what about the new GPS frequencies that are coming online L2 and L5?BEST ANSWER: Yes it does both GPS (WAAS) and GLONASS.Are there any altitude or line of sight limitations for using Sentry?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.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?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.DOES THIS PRODUCT COMES WITH A MOUNT ?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it has a suction cup mount.After 5 hours charging the pwr light is blue not green. This normal?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.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?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.Is the weather resolution the same as an XM weather unit?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 the Sentry have the "Smart Wi-Fi" feature like the Status 3? "Smart WiFi - use your iPad’s LTE connection while connected to Stratus 3"BEST ANSWER: "Smart Wi-Fi" feature will available in the future app update.Does this only work with fore flight?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it only works with ForeFlight.I lose wifi all the time when I fly? Does anyone else lose wifi when crossing borders or going past 10500BEST 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!I understand it is ForeFlight only....my company uses jepp FD Pro x.....can i switch back and forth from foreflight ADSB and Jepp FD Pro location service seamlessly?BEST ANSWER: No it will not. The GPS is not shared via location services in iOS, so all of the features are limited to ForeFlight.Does it have flight recording capability as with the Stratus?BEST ANSWER: It is possible but I have not heard of any mention of that either. Please watch our website.What is the operating temperature range for a Foreflight Sentry?BEST ANSWER: -4 to 113F
-20C to 45CWhat country is Sentry made in?BEST ANSWER: The USDoes this unit do adsb out?BEST ANSWER: No, this is an ADS-B IN only device.I used this device on a recent trip coupled to my IPAD and using Foreflight. I have a Cirrus SR-20 with Perspective avionics and got a Data mismatch and cross talk error on my perspective PFD. Does this device when used with Foreflight and coupled via FLIGHTSTREAM introduce errors with the GARMIN 1000 avionics?BEST ANSWER: Sentry plays well with GARMIN. These are GARMIN messages that normally appear when you load a new Nav database before the expiration date of the old one. The G1000 sees both databases and tells you that there is a mismatch. Call the friendly folks at GARMIN tech support and they’ll help you sort it out.Can this connect to an iPad that is WiFi only?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Sentry produces a Wifi signal that the iPad will connect to.Is this 2020 compliant?BEST ANSWER: No, This is an "IN" receiver to be compliant you must have an "OUT" transmitter.Does Sentry auto connect to IOS WIFI and ForeFlight?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 ?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?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.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. ThanksBEST 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?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? ThanksBEST 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?BEST ANSWER: Which part do you need to replace?Can I Use this item in Europe : France and Switzerland ?BEST ANSWER: The Sentry will perform ONLY as a GPS, AHRS and CO detector. ADS-B weather is not available outside the US.
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