Customer Reviews4.6 / 5.0166 ReviewsDurability4.6 / 5Reliability4.5 / 5Performance4.7 / 5Ease Of Use4.8 / 5Value4.5 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (132)No (11)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesVery simple to use. Valuable information. Unobtrusive.July 9, 2020Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesJuly 8, 2020Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesBetter than a Stratus!I love the size and battery life! Plus I got a C02 detector.July 5, 2020Purchased
4 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesIt just doesn't get any simpler than the Sentry!I started with a Stratus 2. When that went away, I tried the Stratux (v1.6), too many issues. The Sentry is the receiver for ForeFlight.
I received my Sentry the day before I was scheduled to ferry a C172 halfway across the country to a new owner. Only one com radio worked, no other NAV gear. I charged the Sentry in the hotel room the night prior, made sure I could connect it to FF on my iPad, and the next day flew the trip. Halfway home, the vacuum pump on the aircraft failed, so I went ahead and used the synthetic vision for the remainder of the journey as I had not spent that much time with the feature. Sentry and FF never missed a beat!
The CO detector was a very nice feature for the flight, not having flown the airplane before.Added Jul 4, 2020July 4, 2020Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat accessoryGot it for Father’s Day present
Loving it and my instructor wants one now tooJuly 3, 2020Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability3 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesWorks as advertised; connectivity issue has work aroundWorks as advertised. Had connectivity problems like other reviewers have mentioned. Solved it completely by moving the Sentry to the same side of the cockpit as my iPhone and putting my phone in airplane mode and turning on WiFi only. Never had a disconnect the past 6 hours I’ve used it since on three different flights. I wish there was a way to see what the battery charge level is. I can’t seem to find that.June 30, 2020Purchased
3 weeks agoPerformance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesLike magicLike magic all these planes were right on my iPad in Foreflight, plus alerts. Great purchase.June 27, 2020Purchased
3 weeks agoPerformance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat productWorks as advertised. Does not fall off the window. Great product. Used for 8 hours so far. Thank you!June 27, 2020Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat product even better customer service.This review is way overdue. After a year of almost flawless operation I begin having intermittent GPS issues. A few emails between uAvionix and ForeFlight and I had an RMA and a replacement unit on the way as soon as I had my old unit in the mail. New unit is back to perfect functionality again. 5 stars for the product and wish I could give an extra star for the great customer service.June 27, 2020Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesEasy to use, mount was a no brainer, instructions were straight forward. Works great with foreflight.June 27, 2020Purchased
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- Question and Answer
Browse 82 questions Browse 82 questions and 96 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.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.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.How long does the CO sensor last and do I have to service it once a year?BEST ANSWER: The sensor does not need service. It is good for 10 years.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.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.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 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 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.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 gps in your phone the same strength as the gps in this device?BEST ANSWER: No it is not. The GPs in Sentry is a WAAS GPS.So this device actually produces a WiFi signal - I have ForeFlight on a non-cellular iPad mini - no other WiFi in the plane - my G335 transponder only does ADSB out?BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can use this with the WiFi only iPad. It provides ADS-B in but remember it does not provide internet access (WiFi is just for short range data transmission).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.Can/will you ship the Foreflight Sentry (with lithium battery) to Alaska?BEST ANSWER: Yes, we can send it via UPS. We can not send it via the Postal system.Can this unit be operated while being charged in the cock pit?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can be charged in the cockpit.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!Is the unit reliable in business jets above 18,000 feet?BEST ANSWER: It worked fine at FL220 for me on a recent 6.1hr flight across northern US, providing radar and various traffic although in general I would say that as I’ve not used other ADS-B IN solutions, the data is incomplete and inconsistent. Traffic comes and goes, weather slices are missing and not often available more than an hour or two out on your flight path, etc. My current view is that ADS-B is not viable alternative to XM Weather in the cockpit, and it doesn’t seem to have lightning and in any event certainly not a replacement for a stormscope (or wx radar) — and while the traffic has advantages over my mode C TCAD, I haven’t yet decided if it would be a viable replacement for that — even if you never fly in Canada of course (which I do)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.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.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.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.I have a cellular iPad with gps and I run ForeFlight. This configuration provides me with weather, synthetic vision, and AHRS. Does the Sentry merely duplicate these features or improve and/or augment them.?BEST ANSWER: Improves the display. Plus you dont get internet at 6500 ft without the sentryCan I make payments to buy the sentry ADS-B ?BEST ANSWER: Yes, choose PayPal Credit at checkout.One of the responses to a post says “ , once you've connected to Sentry you will not be able to use the cellular data connection.” So does this mean that while using Stratus with my gps iPad, that I will not be able to use my cell phone for text or calls in flight?BEST ANSWER: I still canCould a pilot and passenger in same aircraft use at the same time?BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can connect 5 devices to the Sentry.So, do I understand correctly that the sentry will not work if you loose a wifi connection?BEST ANSWER: The Sentry connects via WiFi so if the connection is lost it will not provide information to the iPad. But remember WiFi is short range from the Sentry to the iPad, it does not require a cell/data connection.
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