Stratus 3 ADS-B Receiver

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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:

  • Auto shutoff - Stratus 3 automatically turns off after your flight, saving battery life
  • Smart WiFi - use your iPad’s LTE connection with non-aviation apps 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 (WingX, Fltplan Go, Aerovie, and more)
  • Receives new ADS-B products - view echo tops, lightning, icing forecast, turbulence forecast, Center Weather Advisories, and G-AIRMETs
  • 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. Compatible apps include WingX, FltPlan Go, Aerovie, FlyQ, and many more. Includes weather, GPS, traffic, and attitude (some features, like Flight Data Recording, are 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.

 

NOTES

  • 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, Aerovie, SkyDemon, Xavion, Naviator, Airmate, OzRunways, and iFly GPS. 
  • To enable Open ADS-B mode, download the Stratus Horizon Pro app

 

Stratus 2S Trade-In Program

Stratus 2S owners can receive a $200 rebate (Stratus 2 owners can receive a $100 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 2 or 2S
  4. Your credit card will be credited $200 upon receipt of the Stratus 2S or $100 upon receipt of the Stratus 2
Download Trade-In Form
 

Stratus 3 Pilot's Guide

Download the Stratus 3 Pilot's Guide
 

IN THE BOX

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

 

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Vice President, Catalog Division—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

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Great item! Poor Value!
I really like the Stratus 3 and am currently using it with ForeFlight. Very disappointed in Stratus and Sporty’s for not including the window mount. $699 for the Stratus then after opening the package, they recommend the window mount for best performance. Go to Sporty’s to order the $20 mount and you have to spend an extra $10 for shipping. Very disappointed in the nickel and diming. If you order it, order the window mount at the same time and save the extra $10.
November 5, 2019
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2 weeks ago
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Would You Recommend?
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Best Portable ADS-B Receiver I have Use
This is the best ADS-B receiver I have ever used. I have tried a GDL-50 receiver from a friend. I liked the size and flexibility to mount to glass on passenger side. It paired easily with my iPad and Foreflight app.
October 19, 2019
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1 year ago
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5 / 5
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Yes
Awesome product. Does exactly what I need in Flight.
October 8, 2019
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1 month ago
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
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Effective, simple, no hassle
Simple, easy to connect, easy to use. Housed in a sturdy case with an effective no-slip base. No complicated programming and performs precisely as advertised.
September 27, 2019
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1 month ago
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5 / 5
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Essential
Essential to use as a CFI when you have other people’s lives in your hands. Traffic awareness is unmatched, saved me twice already.
Sunrise with Stratus.
Sunrise with Stratus.
September 23, 2019
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1 month ago
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2 / 5
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1 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
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Randomly Turns off in flight
The original unit I purchased from Sportys and the replacement they sent me under warranty, both randomly turn off during flight. There is no pattern to it. I have it charging in the cockpit, but I have also tried on battery power only. In both cases, it just randomly turns off in flight.
September 8, 2019
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5 / 5
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The best ever
Outstanding product!!! Very reliable and easy to use I recommend this product fo every pilot [GA, Corporate and even Airline).
August 13, 2019
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3 months ago
Performance
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
The Stratus 3 has been error free. I wish they would ship it with the suction cup mount though. Currently I’m using the tray on the glare shield. It does get pretty warm, but hasn’t shut off to date. Flying with FlyQ and have been happy with the results.
August 12, 2019
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3 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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3 / 5
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Yes
Pleased.
Great upgrade for me. I had the 2nd generation and this newer version adds some neat extra features. BTW nothing wrong with generation 2. I never had a glitch with it.
August 11, 2019
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3 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Does everything as stated, with no issues. Links to ForeFlight instantly and stays connected. Does overheat if used on the front glare shield but aiming the wing vent towards it solves the problem. This is in Texas so 100^f out.
July 30, 2019
Purchased
12 months 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: https://ipadpilotnews.com/files/2018/07/buyers-guides_Stratus.pdf
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: http://www.sportys.com/media/pdf/stratusupgrade.pdf
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: https://ipadpilotnews.com/files/2018/07/buyers-guides_Stratus.pdf
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Can you provide a comparison between the Stratus 3 and Foreflights Sentry?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2018
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.
Are there any feature/function comparisons with the Stratus 2S and 3?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2019
Stratus 3 ADS-B Receiver
Stratus 3 ADS-B Receiver
ForeFlight Sentry Mini ADS-B Receiver
ForeFlight Sentry Mini ADS-B Receiver
ForeFlight Sentry ADS-B Receiver
ForeFlight Sentry ADS-B Receiver
BEST 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.
In Foreflight, can Stratus 3 display traffic and weather at the same time, or only on separate pages?
Austin H on Apr 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Stratus will display traffic and weather at the same time.
Will this work with an iFly GPS by Adventure Pilot model i740B?
A shopper on Sep 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. I am using it myself. It is a wonderful upgrade. But, you can't use Foreflight and IFly at the same time since it has to switch modes.
Does it come with a USB cord?
John M on Aug 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It includes a usb charging cable.
When will be in stock?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Should be in stock on July 20th.
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.
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.
Robert O on Jul 17, 2018
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 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.
Can you access all foreflight info (e.g. AF/D's) when connected or just weather-related info?
Mark S on Aug 22, 2018
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 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.
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.
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?
Roland V on Mar 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Once you leave the ADS-B towers in the US you will not receive weather.
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: http://www.sportys.com/media/pdf/stratusupgrade.pdf
is working outside usa?
Imad A on Nov 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It will work outside of the US as a GPS. ADS-B data is provided by ground stations in the US.
Does Area 660 work with Stratus 3?
Robert A on Oct 31, 2019
Stratus 3 ADS-B Receiver
Stratus 3 ADS-B Receiver
Garmin aera 660 GPS (Americas)
Garmin aera 660 GPS (Americas)
BEST ANSWER: The 660 does not work with the Stratus 3, It does work with the Garmin GDL-50/51/52.
I guess what I really wanted to know was:
can I connect a Stratus 3 to an Apple mini 5 via wifi
and
an Android Galaxy 10 to an Apple mini 5 via bluetooth
simultaneously?
W M on Oct 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can connect via wifi and Bluetooth simultaneously. The Stratus would not provide data to the Android tablet when they are connected (it needs to be in either ForeFlight mode or open ADS-B mode, but can't do both at the same time).
Will a single Stratus 3 simultaneously provide data to an iPad running ForeFlight and a second iPad running Xavion? I'm wondering because I suspect that Xavion needs the open ADS/B mode while ForeFlight wants its own special mode.
David G on Sep 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It will not. The Stratus needs to be in Open ADS-B mode for Xavion. The stratus can only communicate in one or the other mode.
If I buy a Stratus 3, can I get a rebate on trading in a Stratus PRX V2?
JACK S on Aug 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, there is not a trade-up program for the Stratus 3.
Will the Stratus 3 provide me with weather information and will it provide me with traffic information in Canada?
Rob B on Aug 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It will not provide weather or traffic in Canada. Canada does not have ADS-B towers.
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