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 tra...

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Purchase a Stratus 3 and receive Smart Phone HUD. (product #6464A) Smart Phone HUD will not be added to your cart or invoice, it will automatically ship at no charge with your order.

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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Work 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, 2020
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2 weeks ago
Durability
5 / 5
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Efficient and reliable weather flying tool
Efficient 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, 2020
Purchased
9 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Needed if you don't have glass cockpit
I 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, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Performance
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
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Performance 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, 2020
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1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Better get one if you need one.
Gave it to our son for Christmas for his plane he absolutely loves it.
December 24, 2019
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1 year ago
Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Great asset to have in the Cockpit. Just upgraded to the Stratus 3 from V2.1. Great features. Randy T, Commerce, Michigan
December 22, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Too soon to give any significant feedback, except it was so simple to set up with ForeFlight.
December 18, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
4 / 5
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2 / 5
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2 / 5
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4 / 5
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Would You Recommend?
No
If you have time, and don’t need it in a hurry
It 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, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
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Would You Recommend?
Yes
Excellent purchase
Fantastic...works as advertised
December 12, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
3 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Upgrade from Stratus 2i to 3i
I 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
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Are there any feature/function comparisons with the Stratus 2S and 3?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2019
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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.
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.
Just received my stratus 3 and I didn’t get the free battery , what gives ?
A shopper on Nov 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Please call customer service at 513.735.9000
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).
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
Does this receiver work independently of ads-b out equipment? If not, does it work with the GTX 335 transponder?
D M on Jan 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the unit will work independently of ADS-B out equipment.
Is the introductory pricing set to expire soon?
A shopper on Jan 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No, it is not set to expire that I am aware of.
Will it switch from ForeFlight to FLY-Q automatically?
A shopper on Jan 11, 2020
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?
Jerry W on Jan 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: That calculation is preformed by the software not the Stratus. Not sure why the inconsistency.
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