4.5 / 5.0137 ReviewsDurability4.6 / 5Reliability4.5 / 5Performance4.6 / 5Ease Of Use4.8 / 5Value4.3 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (109)No (10)Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesJuly 31, 2020Purchased
3 weeks agoJuly 27, 2020Purchased
3 weeks agoWould You Recommend?YesLike it so farHave used it only once, but it seems to do the job. More info after flying tommorrow.
The "app" that it uses, Stratus Horizon Pro, seems to be a "cobbled together" app. I dont use Foreflight, so I need it for the updateing of the app software.July 25, 2020Purchased
3 weeks agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesWorks great, even better than onboard ADS-B InWorking on PPL and then on to instrument and commercial ratings, and while I definitely wanted the traffic features of this, I was also very interested in the flight data recording aspects of this product, and both features work very well for me.
Traffic on this works better/more reliably than the on-board ADS-B in we have on the Garmin 430.. The garmin doesn't show all the targets that this does, and garmin will often announce "Traffic unavailable" while the stratus continues to work just fine, so A+ for the better traffic there.
I actually really enjoy reviewing the track data after going out for a flight, particularly when I'm working on maneuvers, landings, etc.. Makes it really easy to see how those ground ref maneuvers actually look, if your steep turns are up to standards, and even how stable and consistent your landings/approaches are.
I live where the weather is almost always "good flying" weather, but I'm sure the weather would be nice to have once I start venturing out a bit farther.July 9, 2020Durability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesLove the stratus--- don't care much for the horizon app. First trip taken 7-2-2020 very bumpy up- down draft all the way-- stuck with avare- used stratus for ads-b in onlyJuly 7, 2020Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat for imput to an EFB, but text function seems immature.I couldn't understand from the available information about Stratus Horizon Pro and transcribed messages. If the messages are sent to Horizon Pro on an iPad how do you use your EFB at the same time. I have FlyQ EFB and have been using it very effectively with Stratus 3. I am hearing impaired and could certainly use the feature, but want to use my EFB also.July 1, 2020Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use2 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat Situational Awareness.Love it! Gives amazing Situational Awareness! My only complaint is that I wish there were more options for mounting. Dash or window suction cup, some of us can’t do that. Need something that can clip to part of the aircraft.June 30, 2020Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesGreat piece of equipment for navigation and situational awareness.June 22, 2020Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Works great, upgraded from my Stratus 1June 21, 2020Purchased
2 months agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesExcellent addition to traffic awareness around airports. Highly recommend.June 20, 2020Purchased
2 months ago
- Question and Answer
Browse 117 questions Browse 117 questions and 136 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?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.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.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.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.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).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.Will the EXTERNAL ADS-B ANTENNA WITH 5 FT. CABLE FOR STRATUS (7290A) work with the Stratus 3? If not, is there an option for an external antenna? It looks like the External GPS Antenna for Stratus 2/2S/3 will work.Stratus 3 ADS-B ReceiverBEST ANSWER: Yes, this cable will work with Stratus 3. Both the GPS antenna and the ADS-B antenna ports are the same as the Stratus 2s.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.Will it display traffic/weather on an IFD540 via Bluetooth or WiFi?BEST ANSWER: Although they can share the same WiFi network connect via Bluetooth, the IFD will not display data coming from an external ADSB receiver like the Stratus.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 the Sentry ADS-B receiver provide WiFi for passengers, unrelated to Foreflight or weather? What about the Stratus 3 - does it provide in-flight WiFi connectivity for passengers non-aviation related use?Stratus 3 ADS-B ReceiverBEST ANSWER: No, neither unit provides wifi to the internet. Both units provide a wifi signal to pass information to Foreflight.Which unit has the most reliable and accurate AHRS Display on Foreflight?BEST ANSWER: Both the Sentry and Stratus are reliable and accurate.
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