Customer Reviews4.5 / 5.0100 ReviewsDurability4.6 / 5Reliability4.5 / 5Performance4.5 / 5Ease Of Use4.8 / 5Value4.2 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (78)No (8)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesWork as advertised!!!Worked as advertised!!! Very easy to use and I love having weather overlay on a moving map on my iPad...the auto-off feature has saved my battery life a couple of times already it sinks with iPad as soon as I turned it on.January 25, 2020Purchased
2 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesEfficient and reliable weather flying toolEfficient and reliable weather flying tool and I recommend. I used it on 7hr flight to Atlanta‘s busy airspace. I encountered weather and thunderstorms enroute from Virginia to Atlanta, and the stratus showed where all the bad cells were and made it a smooth flight.January 20, 2020Purchased
9 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesNeeded if you don't have glass cockpitI use this when I'm not flying G1000 (glass cockpit) aircraft. It's clearly not the same as the G1000, but when you pair it with foreflight and a large iPAD, it's pretty darn close. It doesn't add alot of workload to review the iPAD stratus while flying round gages and give you a TON of situational awareness, which around my busy airport that's pilot controlled airspace (E) it's a must.January 10, 2020Purchased
4 months agoPerformance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesPerformance is good so far.Performance was as advertised. I carry it in my flight bag from airplane to airplane so hope it is as durable as advertised.January 9, 2020Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesBetter get one if you need one.Gave it to our son for Christmas for his plane he absolutely loves it.December 24, 2019Purchased
1 year agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat asset to have in the Cockpit. Just upgraded to the Stratus 3 from V2.1. Great features. Randy T, Commerce, MichiganDecember 22, 2019Purchased
1 month agoEase Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesToo soon to give any significant feedback, except it was so simple to set up with ForeFlight.December 18, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability4 / 5Reliability2 / 5Performance2 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value2 / 5Would You Recommend?NoIf you have time, and don’t need it in a hurryIt sounded like a good unit. I cannot speak very much to the ads-b and weather as I operate beyond their coverage most of the time. The gyro portion required a lot more attention than I expected. It required adjustment on start up even on a level surface. It also required adjustment every hour or so in flight, both pitch and roll.
The GPS had a very good receiver though. And it did last for an eight hour day of flying.December 15, 2019Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesExcellent purchaseFantastic...works as advertisedDecember 12, 2019Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability3 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesUpgrade from Stratus 2i to 3iI upgrades my 2i to 3i. I upgraded to 3i so I would not be tied to
Foreflight only.. It is an excellent unit. My only con is that in this Mountainous area, it only shows about 1/2 the traffic as my Skyradar DX. Above 6000' it is much better. Appareo support is lacking in knowledge in so far as helping with issues.December 6, 2019
- Question and Answer
Browse 103 questions Browse 103 questions and 119 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.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.What are the improvements over Stratus 2?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.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.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.Are there any feature/function comparisons with the Stratus 2S and 3?Stratus 3 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.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.Just received my stratus 3 and I didn’t get the free battery , what gives ?BEST ANSWER: Please call customer service at 513.735.9000I guess what I really wanted to know was:
can I connect a Stratus 3 to an Apple mini 5 via wifi
an Android Galaxy 10 to an Apple mini 5 via bluetooth
simultaneously?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).In Foreflight, can Stratus 3 display traffic and weather at the same time, or only on separate pages?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?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?BEST ANSWER: It includes a usb charging cable.When will be in stock?BEST ANSWER: Should be in stock on July 20th.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.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 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.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.pdfDoes this receiver work independently of ads-b out equipment? If not, does it work with the GTX 335 transponder?BEST ANSWER: Yes, the unit will work independently of ADS-B out equipment.Is the introductory pricing set to expire soon?BEST ANSWER: No, it is not set to expire that I am aware of.Will it switch from ForeFlight to FLY-Q automatically?BEST ANSWER: No, you will have to set the stratus in OPEN ADS-B mode using he Stratus Horizon Pro App.I have the Stratus 3 that I use with IFlyGPS.. Sometimes when traffic is displayed it will show what the altitude of the other aircraft is with a + or - indicating if the other aircraft is above or below you. At other times it just shows an arrow and you have to touch the arrow to see the altitude of the other aircraft. Why the lack of consistency?BEST ANSWER: That calculation is preformed by the software not the Stratus. Not sure why the inconsistency.
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