Stratus 3 ADS-B Receiver

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$699.00

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 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:

  • Low price - save $200 over Stratus 2S without sacrificing 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
  • 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. Includes weather, GPS, traffic, and attitude (some features 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, 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 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 2S (Stratus 2S must be functional)
  4. Your credit card will be credited $200 upon receipt of the Stratus 2S
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

 

Buy Now, Pay Later

An ADS-B receiver is a major investment, and now there's an easy way to make paying for it a little more convenient. For a limited time, PayPal Credit is offering no payments and no interest if paid in full in 6 months on purchases of $99 or more. Just choose the PayPal option at checkout.

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John Zimmerman

Vice President, Catalog Division—Sporty’s Pilot Shop

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Would You Recommend?
Yes (55)
No (6)
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Superb product
I use this on cross countries and basically any flights, and this product is just amazing. Its durable, because I’ve dropped it several times and it doesn’t even have a scratch, there is just one button that is the power button so using it doesn’t get any easier, there is an auto shutoff switch which is amazing, and it’s tracking and ADS-B works super well.
July 15, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
There are no wires connected to it. It is displaying traffic on my Ipad mini by bluetooth. Only had it a short time but so far it is working as advertised. A friend of mine has recommended an external antenna but I will just wait and see if it needs it.
July 8, 2019
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Response from Sporty's Pilot Shop
Please note that it is using Wifi to display the traffic on your iPad.
July 8, 2019
Doug R
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
After one use, will NEVER fly without it
I took the Stratus 3 on a dual cross country (with my instructor) the day I received it in the mail. It was very easy to setup and use right out of the box.

I'm so glad that I decided to bring it along because we experienced extreme weather on the flight back to my home airport and the weather info on the iPad (ForeFlight) was only two minutes old compared to the weather on the in-dash Garmin which was about 7 to 8 minutes old. Those few minutes were so valuable because we were able to safely land at an alternate airport and wait for the weather to pass. I will NEVER fly without the Stratus again.
July 3, 2019
Durability
3 / 5
Reliability
1 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
Ease Of Use
2 / 5
Value
1 / 5
Would You Recommend?
No
Frustrated with my new Stratus 3??
I recently ordered and received a brand new Stratus 3 through Sporty’s and am honestly very disappointed with my first trip experience for a few reasons. Primarily:

1. The calibration won’t stay locked and steady. Many times, when I would select the AHRS setting, the horizon would indicate about 120 degrees roll to the right or left and “recalibrating” it through the iPad settings button produce this jittery result and even it didn’t “stick.” I finally turned it off for the duration of the trip as it was only a distraction.

2. 3-5 times during the one leg of the trip I needed it most as a backup (low ceilings), both iPads completely LOST the stratus altogether.

The whole experience has left me with a severely diminished sense of reliability in this unit. I’m reasonably sure this isn’t the norm and would really like some assistance on what to do to regain my confidence in the Stratus line.

Please advise.
June 29, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Response from Sporty's Pilot Shop
I am sorry you are having issues with the calibration. Please ensure that you have the latest firmware. Appaero has updated the firmware. To obtain the firmware please download the Stratus Horizon App. from the Apple App store. This app contains the firmware update. If updating the firmware does not correct the issue please try the following, ensure that the unit is mounted and then turned the unit on as it goes through the calibration process during boot. If this does not correct the issue then go to the Foreflight settings and enable the do not use manufacturer AHARS setting. Fore the disconnecting from the iPad, this is a known issue that should be corrected by the firmware update. If it does not in the setting for the Stratus turn off the auto shutoff setting. Please contaact me at 513.735.9100 ext 316 if these steps do not resolved the issues.
July 9, 2019
Eric C
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
First time out it saved me.
My first flight with the stratus and using foreflight on the I pad it saved me from a potential mid-air collision. I was flying straight and level when a red banner came up alerting me of traffic at 12 O'clock. I could see it on the fore flight climbing straight at me. I strained to see it out the window but could not get a visual on the other aircraft. Finally I made a 45 to the left and looked over to my right and as soon as the other plane was above the horizon I could see it with my eyes, approximately where I would have been had I not turned. I won't fly with out it the stratus from now on!
June 18, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Just beginning this journey...
I have only been able to fly once with my new Stratus so only time will tell performance. I will say that it's been very easy to use with both ForeFlight and WingX Pro. Easy to connect to older IPad Mini's as well as IPad Pro. Very excited to see how the WX works, and we had good service in the Back Country of Idaho.
I would recommend this product.
June 17, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Had a Stratus 2 and upgraded. Absolutely love it.
June 16, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
2 / 5
Performance
2 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
3 / 5
Good product when it works
The product is good when it works. During taxi, the unit will suddenly shutoff. While flying the unit has shutoff on AND frequently disconnects from my FltplanGo app. Yesterday, I had to reconnect the app to the Status 4 times during my 4hr flight. The disconnect occurs while the Status is still operating.
May 22, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Response from Sporty's Pilot Shop
Thanks for the review. There is a new version of Stratus firmware that addresses this rare disconnect issue. Download it from the Stratus Horizon Pro app (free in the App Store).
May 24, 2019
John Zimmerman
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
The unit works good. However, I think that the mount could be a built a bit more sturdy.
May 21, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
My inexperience
Really nice equipment. I just need to learn how to use it. I also need to figure how to keep it cool. Thanks
May 17, 2019
Purchased
2 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
Anyone have luck against a heated windshield in a crj200?
A shopper on Jun 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend the external antennas that can be placed away from the heated windshield
I own a Stratux, is it worth it to upgrade to this or is it an upgrade at all. I find the Stratux software does everything fine, what does this do better?
david B on May 26, 2019
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BEST ANSWER: The items provide the same ADS-B input.
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.
When viewing the synthetic vision page in ForeFlight using a Stratus 2S, what controls the course indicator and CDI in the lower half of the display? The aircraft heading is correctly displayed in the box at the top of the course indicator, but the CI and CDI point to a heading that does not seem to relate to anything the aircraft is doing and I can not find any way of changing it.
Charles R on Apr 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The CDI would display the deviation from the course to the next waypoint that is entered into the flight plan.
Compatibe with android tablet?
A shopper on Mar 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Stratus can be placed in open ADS-B mode and is then compatible with Android tablets.
We have a Stratus 2 (Model Number Stratus PRX V2, Serial # 222269) There's no S on it. Does it qualify for the $200 rebate?
Gary B on Feb 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The Stratus 2 can be traded in for the $100.00 off of a Stratus 2S.
Does the Stratus 3 have a nearest airport menu in their screen?
Greg C on Jan 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The Stratus 3 itself does not but the Electronic Flight Bag app (Foreflight for example) does have the nearest function.
If I use this with my WingX app, what features would I not have as compared to using it with Fore Flight?
Denis D on Jan 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Here is a link that will show you. https://www.appareo.com/aviation/stratus-3-compatible-apps/
How long does it take to charge fully?
Steven T on Jan 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Approximately 8 hours.
Will this work with a WiFi only iPad or do you need cellular?
Matthew on Dec 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it works with the WIFI only model.
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