4.5 / 5.065 ReviewsDurability4.7 / 5Reliability4.4 / 5Performance4.6 / 5Ease Of Use4.8 / 5Value4.4 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (48)No (5)Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSentry works well as advertizedSentry is brand new to me and used very little to date, but functions nicely as advertised. I purchased it after repeated difficulties connecting my iPad by Bluetooth with Garmin GDL devices in our rental aircraft. So far, so good. I can't yet comment on durability.August 20, 2019Purchased
2 weeks agoDo not know why I didn’t buy one sooner. Works flawless!!August 12, 2019Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability4 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesDisconnected from IPad during instrument approachI would be 5/5 but I’ve already had it disconnect on me during an instrument approach. It’s only happened once so I am going to keep an eye on it.July 17, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use1 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSlow in capturing GPS, picks up traffic real nice.July 9, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesAll Features Seem to WorkThis device packs a lot in a small unit. I have flown about 10 hours with it and it seems to perform well. I link it to an iPad Mini and a regular iPad at the same time. The only problem I have experienced is losing connectivity on the iPad Mini. Don't know what the issue is. When I re-connect the Wi-Fi on the Mini it starts working again.
I mount mine on the left window, it is out of the way and does not overheat which was always a problem with the Stratus.
I haven't tested the Carbon Monoxide tester.July 1, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesI recently purchased a Sentry to replace an aging Stratus 2. It’s compact size and long battery life are the features that attracted me to Sentry initially. It does not disappoint. I now have about 20 hours of use and am very happy with the switch. The vacuum mount included with the Sentry and it’s compact size make it easy to mount it conveniently without blocking any sightlines. It connects to ADS-B and GPS quickly and reliably. I would highly recommend this for ForeFlight users.July 1, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesExcellent product with a much smaller footprint then my stratus and no need for an external antennaMay 21, 2019Purchased
3 months agoNot compatible with my Apple iPadI can’t get it to work, I was informed by your technician that I needed 11.2 operating systems.
I guess I’m in the process of ordering me another iPad to get the system to work.May 9, 2019Purchased
3 months agoResponse from Sporty's Pilot ShopOlder iPads can not run the most recent version of Foreflight. You'll need a newer iPad (within the last three to four years) in order to have the processing speed needed for all the advanced features of modern navigational apps.May 14, 2019Doug RDurability4 / 5Reliability2 / 5Performance2 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value2 / 5Would You Recommend?NoNot reliable for GPS receptionWhen it works it is very useful. Unfortunately it loses the GPS and/or ADS-B connection frequently so if you are depending on it for navigation and approaches with Foreflight on an iPad (I use an 11" iPad Pro) you should have a backup such as a paper sectional. Other times the AHRS stopped working then began working sometime later.
I use it in a Piper 140/160 placed on the left side window and I would say that it loses functionality about 30% of the time. Clearly its internal antennas cannot compensate for aircrafted mounted external antennas.May 1, 2019Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesIt’s like having a bodyguard in the airBest combination in one device for a killer price.
Works like a charm. Sees traffic more than 100 nm away in my case. CO warning + GPS + ADS B In = brilliant. Battery life is really good.April 27, 2019Purchased
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- Question and Answer
Browse 49 questions Browse 49 questions and 56 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.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.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.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.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.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.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 THIS PRODUCT COMES WITH A MOUNT ?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it has a suction cup mount.Does this only work with fore flight?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it only works with 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.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.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?ForeFlight Sentry ADS-B ReceiverBEST ANSWER: The items provide the same ADS-B input.Will the ForeFlight Sentry ADS-B receiver work on a iPad Air 2?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will.Will it fully function in the USVI and/or Puerto Rico?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?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.?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 ?BEST ANSWER: It will have a blue triangle that represents an aircraft.What Bluetooth code should be used to pair with ipad?BEST ANSWER: Sentry does not connect to the iPad via Bluetooth. The Sentry use a wifi signalIs the GPS WAAS or GLONASS?BEST ANSWER: It is a WAAS GPS and also GLONASS.Is it overkill having this if you fly a G1000 equipped aircraft?BEST ANSWER: Not at all, it will provide you with a backup.Does it come with a mounting device like a suction cup?BEST ANSWER: Yes, this included the suction cup.Can the unit be mounted upside down? Foreflight appears to have three mounting settings for it, and the one that's not on a side window appears to be right-side-up on the glare shield. Suction cup upside down from the center of the windshield between the sun shades would be an ideal, out of the way location in my plane. But curious if Foreflight will accommodate this orientation.BEST ANSWER: Yes, I connected my iPad to the sentry with the unit upside down. Make sure to mount the unit then turn it on so that the Sentry can calibrate.I love the integrated CO monitor, but electronic CO monitors usually have a life of 5-7 years. Does this have an EOF for the CO monitor?BEST ANSWER: The manufacturer does not list an end of life for this unit.
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