4.5 / 5.037 ReviewsDurability4.7 / 5Reliability4.7 / 5Performance4.5 / 5Ease Of Use4.8 / 5Value4.3 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (23)No (3)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesExtra set of eyes in the sky!Awesome machine - gives great accurate informationDecember 13, 2018Purchased
2 weeks agoReliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesFirst flight of the Stratus 3.First flight today with my new Stratus 3. It was easy to set up and use and gave me up to the second data on surrounding traffic. Since I had not been in a Cessna 172 in 14 years, I found the glide path indication on the map screen very useful when my instructor pulled the engine on me. I was able to turn directly to the closest airport and make a landing with a minimum of fuss. I am looking forward to my son, who received his private pilot license today teaching me the many features of the Stratus 3 as he has been using one throughout his training.December 11, 2018Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesI like it, good ahrs backup and like the weather for what I needDecember 5, 2018Purchased
4 weeks agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesI recommend this unit for iPad Fore flight usersI didn’t realize that the unit needed to be level on the front dash to be leveled on the synthetic vision on the IPad. But since then I used it for an hour flight and it worked perfect with my mini IPad 4.November 27, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance3 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesDisappointed - I can't get the smart wi-fi to workI upgraded from the the Stratus 2 (not the 2S) to the 3 solely for the ability to activate flight plans without bouncing throughout the menus on my iPad, turning off wifi, back to Foreflight, activate, back to settings, re activate the stratus etc. It does not work for me. I have reset the Stratus to factory settings, restarted my iPad etc. Unfortunately I sold my 2 before this, or I would have returned this one.
However, benefits of Stratus are worth the hassle.November 23, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesJust WorksPurchased a Scout. Would probably be great in a light aircraft, but doesn't have very strong reception in a corporate jet. The Stratus blows it out of the water in every respect. Just turn it on, and it works. Great reception, and being able to sleep an iPad without starting over is a great feature.November 20, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5So Far it has worked Flawlessly. A must by. Sell your older one and get this one.November 7, 2018Purchased
2 months agoWould You Recommend?YesI have only used for two flights so far. The traffic and weather are displayed in a very convenient format on the moving map and a real enhancement from the G430 I have been using. A great value for improved situational awareness.October 14, 2018Purchased
2 months agoWould You Recommend?YesStratus 3 ReviewWorks great and very simple to use. Fantastic battery life!September 26, 2018Purchased
3 months agoWould You Recommend?YesStratus 3It is great and pairs up to ForeFlight easy. But it overheats on the dash I ordered the window mount but on back order. But it works great when it is cool out. Have a Pa-24-250.September 24, 2018Purchased
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Browse 69 questions Browse 69 questions and 81 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.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.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 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.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.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.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.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.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.pdfCan 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.Can you shoot an LPV approach using this with foreflight?BEST ANSWER: No, it is not legal to use Foreflight and the Stratus as a primary navigation. It is for situational awareness only.How much does it cost per year?BEST ANSWER: There is not a subscription fee per year.Is this device TSO compliant to the ADS Mandate?BEST ANSWER: This unit is not. The FAA mandate is for ADS-B OUT. This is an ADS-B IN receiver.I've used a stratux and seen myself as nearby traffic. I'm mode C only. Will this occur with stratus?BEST ANSWER: Yes, when you receive the ADS-B data you will see your mode C return. Usually directly below your position.Do I need a new subscription to the 3 if I sell my 2s?BEST ANSWER: The subscription would be to your Electronic Flight Bag, (Foreflight) you would not need to change that subscription.Does it support infrared weather information?BEST ANSWER: It does not. The weather display is a composite radar picture.High, does the Stratus 3 work with the Garmin Pilot app? Thanks.BEST ANSWER: No it does not.Will the Stratus 3 waas gps and Foreflight work as a FAA aproved primary source for IFR flight?BEST ANSWER: No, the Stratus and ForeFlight is only available for added situational awareness. It is not IFR approved.Is the price of $699 the permanent price or will the price go up near future?BEST ANSWER: This is the current price. We do not know if the price is going to change.
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