4.5 / 5.063 ReviewsDurability4.6 / 5Reliability4.6 / 5Performance4.5 / 5Ease Of Use4.7 / 5Value4.2 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (46)No (5)Would You Recommend?YesSeems same end results as the2. Wasn’t worth the costApril 23, 2019Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat training toolLove recording my tracks while I'm in training. Great opportunity to review performance and see improvement as I progress.April 22, 2019Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability3 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use3 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesOverheatsOver heats frequently when placed on the dash as the directions suggest.April 22, 2019Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesWorth every pennyExtremely easy to use, just turn on & pair with ForeFlight. The artificial horizon is wonderful & takes about two minutes to feel like you’ve been flying with it for years. All the ADS-B out traffic shows up nicely, easy to read.April 22, 2019Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGood to move up from Stratus 2S but...One of the reasons I moved up was the open GDL90 mode. I wanted to use my Foreflight while giving my co-pilot the ability to see weather on Fltplan.go. Unfortunately, the first thing I see when starting Foreflight is a warning to switch to default mode to use Foreflight. Another wish was to be able to feed Jepp FD (considering Boeing owns both companies). This doesn't work either. My company issued iPad uses Jepp FD and I really wanted to be able to choose which program I use. a great disappointment.April 22, 2019Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesI wouldn't fly without it.This is an essential part of my flight bag due to the safety it provides when paired with ForeFlight and FlyQ.March 28, 2019Purchased
1 month agoEase Of Use5 / 5Having a bit of difficulty at high altitudes (FL350-FL450) even with remote antenna mounted on cockpit window for receptionMarch 27, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability1 / 5Reliability1 / 5Performance1 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value2 / 5Would You Recommend?NoThe 3 is no 2SI have done 6 cross country flights with the Stratus 3 since purchasing it three weeks ago. There is something wrong. First, I have a composite (Long EZ) airplane and keep the Stratus in the forward compartment (where the wheel well is). I have used the 2S in this position for the past 2+ years without issues. I have run a USB charging circuit that I can control with a switch from my cockpit and have the 3 configured to power on when power is applied. Again, the 2S runs just fine with this circuit. About 10 minutes into each flight, I see "Stratus Marginal" messages on the iPad (using ForeFlight). The at about 20 minutes, it disconnects completely (first noticeable by a "No towers" message). Looking at the device in ForeFlight, it tells me it is charging but not connected. No satellites are active. Under settings in the iPad it fails to find the Stratus WiFi signal. This weekend I was in a mountain pass, at night, when it quit. On the way home (a day flight), I made sure it was 100% charged and ran it only on battery to eliminate my electrical circuit from the equation. I also had two different iPads receiving the signal and it failed on both. It again failed 20 minutes into the flight, but the signal returned about 10 minutes later and was intermittent throughout the rest of the flight. I think this is related to the WiFi signal from the device as it intermittently communicates with ForeFlight. I tried to contact Appareo but the only way to talk to them is by email. I submitted the complaint 24 hours ago and have yet to hear from them. Great customer support. As I told them... "I want my 2S back!"March 25, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesMuch better cable connection than the Stratus 2I was unable to recharge the battery in my 4-year-old Stratus 2 so I replaced it with a Stratus 3. Connected it to my iPad and used ForeFlight to fly to the Bahamas the next day. Simple and easy; no issues.March 22, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSatisfiedIt is easy to use; just charge, turn it on and connect the wifi in settings. I use Foreflight on my phone and iPad - works well. I love the synthetic vision, traffic weather, etc. It seems to work well on the dash without an external antenna.It is the more expensive option among the portables, but seemed to be the more reliable in reviews I researched. Definitely seems well built and sturdy, but time will tell.March 19, 2019Purchased
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Browse 78 questions Browse 78 questions and 92 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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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.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 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.pdfWhen viewing the synthetic vision page in ForeFlight using a Stratus 2S, what controls the course indicator and CDI in the lower half of the display? The aircraft heading is correctly displayed in the box at the top of the course indicator, but the CI and CDI point to a heading that does not seem to relate to anything the aircraft is doing and I can not find any way of changing it.BEST ANSWER: The CDI would display the deviation from the course to the next waypoint that is entered into the flight plan.Compatibe with android tablet?BEST ANSWER: Stratus can be placed in open ADS-B mode and is then compatible with Android tablets.We have a Stratus 2 (Model Number Stratus PRX V2, Serial # 222269) There's no S on it. Does it qualify for the $200 rebate?BEST ANSWER: The Stratus 2 can be traded in for the $100.00 off of a Stratus 2S.Does the Stratus 3 have a nearest airport menu in their screen?BEST ANSWER: The Stratus 3 itself does not but the Electronic Flight Bag app (Foreflight for example) does have the nearest function.If I use this with my WingX app, what features would I not have as compared to using it with Fore Flight?How long does it take to charge fully?BEST ANSWER: Approximately 8 hours.Will this work with a WiFi only iPad or do you need cellular?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it works with the WIFI only model.Does this work with Garmin Pilot?BEST ANSWER: Currently, it does not work with Garmin Pilot.Can a Stratus 3 operate with a 256G iPhone 8’s?BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can.could the 796 be connected the stratus ESG for traffic information?Stratus 3 ADS-B ReceiverBEST ANSWER: No, to provide traffic on the 796 you would need the Garmin GDL 50, 52 unit.will this unit work jeppensen software on ipad?BEST ANSWER: Appareo does not list the Jeppensen Software as compatible. The software manufacturers are adding compatibility, I would check with Jeppensen.
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