Stratus 3 ADS-B Receiver

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Regular Price: $899.00

Special Price $699.00

Regular Price: $899.00

Special Price $699.00

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Product ID: 6647A

More features, more apps, more value

Stratus 3 by Appareo, the latest generation of aviation’s top weather receiver, is your everyday cockpit companion. Just turn it on and go flying - in minutes you’ll see subscription-free weather, ADS-B traffic, backup attitude, and GPS position right on your tablet. All this information at your fingertips will dramatically improve your situational awareness and help you make better in-flight decisions. Proven by millions of flight hours in everyt...

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More features, more apps, more value

Stratus 3 by Appareo, the latest generation of aviation’s top weather receiver, is your everyday cockpit companion. Just turn it on and go flying - in minutes you’ll see subscription-free weather, ADS-B traffic, backup attitude, and GPS position right on your tablet. All this information at your fingertips will dramatically improve your situational awareness and help you make better in-flight decisions. Proven by millions of flight hours in everything from Piper Cubs to military fighters, Stratus is the portable avionics solution you can trust. And now it’s smarter than ever.

New Features:

  • Low introductory price - save $200 over Stratus 2S without sacrificing features
  • Auto shutoff - Stratus 3 automatically turns off after your flight, saving battery life
  • Smart WiFi - use your iPad’s LTE connection while connected to Stratus 3
  • Improved WiFi security - hide network ID or add a password
  • Open ADS-B - works with other electronic flight bag apps using GDL 90 protocol
  • Receives new ADS-B products - view echo tops, lightning, icing forecast, turbulence forecast, Center Weather Advisories, and G-AIRMETs (coming soon)
  • Supports synthetic vision traffic display - get a 3D view of nearby airplanes in ForeFlight
  • Two year warranty - helpful, friendly service from our team of pilots


Seamless integration with ForeFlight

ForeFlight integrationStratus 3 was designed from the ground up to integrate with ForeFlight, aviation’s most popular app. You can view complete status information right from the moving map page, and adjust settings remotely - even dim the lights on Stratus 3 from the app! Plus, Stratus Replay allows ForeFlight users to turn off their iPad screen without missing weather updates, saving battery life. 

Supports more apps

Now you can use Stratus 3 with a variety of aviation apps, both on iOS and Android, using the industry standard GDL 90 protocol. Includes weather, GPS, traffic, and attitude (some features only available with ForeFlight). To turn on GDL 90 support, download the free Stratus Horizon Pro app.

Designed, tested, and built in the USA

Quality and reliability is essential with cockpit avionics, and from the very beginning Stratus products have been designed for pilots, by pilots. We extensively test the hardware and software to make sure it can handle the demanding in-flight environment, and every Stratus product is proudly made by Appareo in the USA.


Complete Features:

Subscription-free in-flight weather

In-flight weatherYou can view in-flight weather on your iPad, including NEXRAD radar, METARs, TAFs, TFRs, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, NOTAMs and more. It's updated every 5-10 minutes and there are no subscription fees – ever. Plus, Stratus Replay allows you to turn off the iPad screen in flight and save battery; when you turn the screen on again, Stratus will automatically send all the weather information you missed. This can double your iPad's battery life.

Synthetic visionStunning synthetic vision display

ForeFlight's Synthetic Vision feature rewrites the book on situational awareness. With luminous terrain, night sky view, hands-free declutter, and a brilliant obstacle awareness system, ForeFlight with Synthetic Vision will forever change the way you fly. With Stratus 3, ForeFlight's synthetic vision really comes alive. The built-in AHRS drives a super responsive pitch and bank instrument in the center of the Synthetic Vision view. In an emergency situation, you’ve got a backup glass cockpit on your iPad.

Dual band ADS-B traffic

TrafficStratus 3 includes a dual band (978 MHz and 1090 MHz) ADS-B receiver so it can display traffic information right on the ForeFlight Maps page. See relative altitude, climb/descent rate and projected track. Picks up all aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out as well all aircraft equipped with Mode C transponders. Note: ADS-B traffic is limited if your aircraft does not have ADS-B Out installed in the panel.

Internal WAAS GPS

TerrainWith the built-in WAAS GPS receiver, Stratus allows you to view moving maps, track up displays and high resolution terrain maps in ForeFlight. The smart GPS locks on fast and typically provides 1 meter accuracy. Replaces the need for a separate GPS receiver - Stratus has it all! 

Built-in AHRS for backup attitude

Built-in AHRSStratus includes a complete Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) for backup attitude information in the cockpit. It aligns itself automatically, so you can just turn it on and fly - no complicated calibration. Now you can view a backup attitude indicator, GPS groundspeed and altitude on your iPad in a beautiful split screen mode right in ForeFlight. (Not to be used for primary reference.) 

Flight data recorder

Flight data recorderStratus is the first ADS-B receiver to offer a complete flight data recorder system. When this is enabled, Stratus automatically records your flight - complete with GPS position, altitude, speed and attitude. Flight logs are saved in ForeFlight, and can be viewed online, in Google Earth or in the CloudAhoy app. Ideal for proficiency flights and CFIs. 

Pressure altitude sensor

AltitudeWith its built-in barometric pressure sensor, Stratus 3 allows ForeFlight to display both pressure altitude and GPS altitude. Plus, ForeFlight’s automatic Cabin Pressure Advisor alerts you when you might need oxygen by flashing a message anytime cabin altitude exceeds 12,000 or 25,000 ft - perfect for turbocharged or pressurized airplanes.

TFR Alerts

Stratus TFRStratus 3 receives updated information about temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) from the ADS-B network, so you can avoid a costly mistake. Simply turn on the TFR layer in ForeFlight and you'll see red circles on the moving map display. Tap on each TFR for details and effective times. Note: TFR information may not be comprehensive; check with Flight Service or ATC for complete details.

External antenna ports

For added convenience, Stratus 3 includes options for external GPS and ADS-B antennas (sold separately). This is ideal for experimental aircraft owners who may want to permanently install Stratus or for anyone who needs to remote mount Stratus. Simply connect the GPS, ADS-B, and power cables and Stratus can be placed almost anywhere.



  • WiFi connection allows 5 iPads and/or iPhones to connect to Stratus simultaneously.
  • ADS-B coverage varies by location and altitude – does not work on the ground in most locations. Coverage not available outside US.
  • Comes with charging cable and 110V wall plug; charging cable works with all 2.1 amp cigarette lighter plugs as well (sold separately).
  • Also includes non-slip dash mount and pilot's guide.
  • GDL 90 support tested with Fltplan Go, FlyQ, WingX, and iFly GPS. 
  • To enable Open ADS-B mode, download the Stratus Horizon Pro app
  • For fleet sales, please contact ForeFlight at


Stratus 2S Trade-In Program

Stratus 2S owners can receive a $200 rebate towards the purchase of a Stratus 3 with the Appareo Upgrade Program.

  1. Purchase a new Stratus 3
  2. Fill out the form below
  3. Send in your completed rebate form, Stratus 3 receipt and Stratus 2S (Stratus 2S must be functional)
  4. Your credit card will be credited $200 upon receipt of the Stratus 2S
Download Trade-In Form

Stratus 3 Pilot's Guide

Download the Stratus 3 Pilot's Guide


  • Stratus 3 receiver
  • Dash mount
  • Charging cable
  • Wall outlet charging plug
  • Pilot’s Guide

John Zimmerman

Vice President, Catalog Division—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

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Love the Stratus 3 as I am in Florida and working as a CFI it was great for the weather and traffic.
August 15, 2018
2 weeks ago
Would You Recommend?
Not a good product for long range
The Stratus 3 does not work for what we want. We fly a Citation Sovereign and need to have the ability to look far out ahead on our route. We have given the Stratus 3 ample time to work properly for us and it just doesn’t give us what we need. I would suspect if you are flying short distances the Stratus 3 would work for you. We will be returning it.
August 10, 2018
4 weeks ago
Response from Sporty's Pilot Shop
Note that all ADS-B receivers will display the same information because it all comes from the FAA's ground stations. They send out higher resolution radar within 250 miles of your position; beyond that is lower resolution radar. It's simply an ADS-B system limitation. If you're looking for high resolution radar nationwide, you'll want to consider a SiriusXM receiver (like the GDL 51 or SXAR1).
August 13, 2018
John Zimmerman
Would You Recommend?
Very easy to use and enjoying the quality of information about the traffic.NEXRAD is also a must in the southeast.
August 7, 2018
4 weeks ago
Three red lights
It does not seem to pick up weather on the ground. I have had three red lights on which according to the booklet that was included in the box can mean total failure. I have only taken it airborne twice so review should be delayed.
August 6, 2018
4 weeks ago
Response from Sporty's Pilot Shop
Thank you for the review. Note that ADS-B is an inflight product so you'll likely not see weather when on the ground. For example, here at Sporty's airport we get ADS-B information on departure about 50 AGL.
August 7, 2018
Doug R
Would You Recommend?
Too Hot to Trot
Too early to tell. 2S is great. Had an overheat with the “3” on Bonanza glare shield in the rubber dash holder. It was 90 degrees Fahrenheit. I will run the 2S side by side and see. I used the window mount on the 2S (no issues) prior to buying the “3”.
August 5, 2018
3 weeks ago
Nice reception
So far so good. Performance same as Stratus 2.
August 4, 2018
4 weeks ago
Best investment ever done
August 3, 2018
1 month ago
For a Stratus First Timer the instructions are a bit light - but still pretty intuitive. Can’t wait to try it in flight.
August 2, 2018
1 month ago
Love the 3D traffic feature.
August 2, 2018
1 month ago
Would You Recommend?
Amazing amount of information available. Impressive features. Easy to use.
August 2, 2018
1 month ago
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Can 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?
Mark G on Jul 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Here is a side-by-side comparison:
Is there a trade in or upgrade program for the Stratus 2 I bought earlier this year?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, there is a $200 credit for Stratus 2S. Here are the details:
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.
A shopper on Jul 17, 2018
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?
Joe C on Jul 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Here is a side-by-side comparison:
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?
Kent A on Jul 17, 2018
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?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2018
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?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Straus has a smart WiFi (it will not turn off the cellular data when connected), it has flight data recording, auto shut off, remote antenna options, and Open ADS-B data.

Sentry has a CO detector, which Stratus does not. Sentry has a 12-hour battery, Stratus has an 8-hour battery.
Any issues of powering off due to over heating?
Kyle M on Jul 28, 2018
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.
What are the advantages of the Stratus3 over the newly announced Sentry model?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2018
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.
Will the new 3 fit in the window mount that came with the 2S?
Kelly G on Jul 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Stratus 3 is the same size as the 2S and will work in the suction cup mount.
Will the stratus 3 work with the Jeppesen FD on the Microsoft Windows platform?
NeelR on Jul 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Stratus 3 will work with most other apps using the GDL 90 format.
Regarding your Stratus-3 ADSB receiver, What is the price for the map display software, and what is it being displayed on? Thanks, Bob K
Robert K on Jul 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The software in the screenshots above is ForeFlight and it is displayed on an iPad. Subscriptions start at $99.99/year.
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?
A shopper on Jul 18, 2018
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.
Does the stratus 3 have ADSB out or just ADSB in ?
Pappy on Jul 19, 2018
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.
A shopper on Jul 17, 2018
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:
Does it come with a USB cord?
John M on Aug 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It includes a usb charging cable.
Does the WiFi icon not show up in the top left corner anymore when you are connected to Stratus?
jeremy r on Aug 9, 2018
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.
When is Appareo going to get Foreflight to remove the blocking pop-up over the AHRS screen? Stratus 3 is supposed to have AHRS WITHOUT use of Foreflight to enhance it. Since Foreflight charges extra to use this feature they have blocked it when using Foreflight and a pop up covers the screen making the Appareo version of the AHRS useless.
A shopper on Aug 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you use the Stratus Horizon Pro app. It will provide the AHRS.
I use the FltPlan Go app on my iPad. Would the Stratus 3 save the track over the ground when the iPad gets disconnected and update the “breadcrumbs” in my app with that data instead of just drawing a straight line from the last time it was connected to the receiver?
Adam D on Aug 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The recording feature is only available in Foreflight.
Can the stratus 3 act as a supplement to the stratus 2?
A shopper on Aug 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, You can only connect to one wifi device at a time. The stratus 3 has all of the capabilities of the stratus 2. It also has smart WIFI and an auto shutoff and is capable of open ADS-B.
Does the Stratus 3 come with a case?
A shopper on Jul 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it includes a case.
ADS wx and LTE connection ForeFlight: Connected to LTE and the Stratus 3 the map shows no radar data unless the Stratus is disconnected. Does LTE connected mean that LTE is operational in other apps ?
SPATCA on Jul 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: When Stratus is connected to your iPad, ForeFlight will attempt to display ADS-B weather, not internet weather received over LTE. ForeFlight is working on this so that more functions will be available over LTE while connected to Stratus. In the meantime, other apps will work over LTE.
Are there any actual Hardware upgrades over the Stratus 2S? Or is the Stratus 3 just a Software update not available for the other units? Thanks.
A shopper on Jul 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mostly software updates.
How is the dash mount secured to the dash? Adhesive? Would this be suitable for rental aircraft, or should I invest in the suction cup mount?
A shopper on Jul 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The dash mount is made of rubber and just sits on the dash. It is suitable for rental aircraft.
Is there a comparison for the Stratus 1 vs Stratus 3?
Abraham on Jul 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We do not have a comparison for the Stratus 1 (black box) and he Stratus 3.
Between the Stratus 3 and the Stratus 2S, The Stratus 3 adds smart wifi, auto shut off and open ads-b.
Will this work with the Garmin Aera 796?
Jim R on Jul 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, it will not work with the area 796.
Dumb question, but the ability to connect to my Ipad's LTE assumes there is coverage. The ability to connect is the ability to connect to both and not a guarantee of coverage while in the air?
A shopper on Jul 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, that is correct.
Will this continue to support FlyQ in the future or will and update lock it out like has happened in the past?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It will continue to support the Open ADS-B in the future.
I have a Stratus 2 (NOT 2S) and have purchased the Stratus 3. Is there a rebate program for Stratus 2 (NOT 2s)?
Skip B on Jul 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but for the Stratus 2 the trade in is $100.00 off of a overhauled Stratus 2S.
What advantage does the 3 s have over the 2i ?
A shopper on Jul 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Smart WiFi, auto shutoff amd open ABS-b.
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