4.5 / 5.030 ReviewsDurability4.6 / 5Reliability4.6 / 5Performance4.5 / 5Ease Of Use4.6 / 5Value4.0 / 5Would You Recommend?Yes (17)No (3)Would 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 weeks agoWould You Recommend?YesStratus 3 ReviewWorks great and very simple to use. Fantastic battery life!September 26, 2018Purchased
1 month 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
1 month agoWould You Recommend?YesPhenomenal!First time we used it we are going from New Orleans back to Orange Texas. Severe thunderstorms were forming on our route. This was all depicted on our iPad with information sourced from the Stratus 3 . We were able to fly to the south and safely navigate around all the problem areas. The almost real time weather, the traffic reports and ability to employ synthetic vision, all on the iPad is phenomenal! This is a must-have piece of equipment that makes flying, particularly in the VFR environment much safer.September 23, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance5 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value5 / 5Would You Recommend?YesSeptember 15, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability5 / 5Reliability5 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesWorks very well.The Stratus 3 works very well. Even on the ground I can now see approaching aircraft with tail-number displayed on my Ifly device. It shows much more traffic than my previous device. There is one point of criticism though. My co-pilot uses Foreflight. He can not use the Stratus 3 simultaneously as I do because it actually has to switch modes. This means that you have to make a choice instead of being able to use both, which is pretty annoying.September 13, 2018Purchased
3 months agoWould You Recommend?YesGreat ADS-BWell I have had four cross-country flights all IFR with major storms. Worked like a charm to shoot through the gap’s, traffic shows up on iPad and iPhone. Did not overheat. had to update iPad to get synthetic vision to work once I did works great love seeing traffic on there, That really helps when taking off to see traffic in pattern. I also dropped it very very hard on concrete floor by accident and still works perfectly!September 12, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use4 / 5Value4 / 5Would You Recommend?YesUpgraded from 2SPrimary reason for upgrade was extended battery life. Stratus has a lot of competition, but they remain proven and reliable. The only issue these have is that the battery on my 2S lasted for only one year with very regular use. These batteries should either (1) last longer or (2) be cheaper to replace than $90 plus after shipping. I'm very happy with the unit after the first few flights, and battery endurance seems to be better at the outset.September 12, 2018Purchased
1 month agoWould You Recommend?YesStudent pilotI’m towards the end of my PPL and decided to get the stratus as an aide with traffic and of course enroute weather. The connection to ForeFlight was very easy, and setting the password took less than 30 secs. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a backup for onboard systems.September 8, 2018Purchased
1 month agoDurability4 / 5Reliability4 / 5Performance4 / 5Ease Of Use5 / 5Value3 / 5Would You Recommend?YesPretty sweet set upPricey, even with the discount from Sporty's. Ridiculously easy to set up. Running an iPad Mini3 with ForeFlight. Took it for a test run while flying for work, not as much data could be read at FL330. Subscription free WX is not crisp like you would get on the ground with LTE, but it definitely gives you enough to make a decision, which I utilized quite nicely on a trip from EVB to BTR in a Cherokee 180 on the beach run. Once everyone has ADS-B out, it will be even more complete. I do not have the pro version of FF so the synthetic vision can't be evaluated but the basic AHRS info is pretty nice as well. Overall, I can recommend this product, just for the increased SA it provides. The unit itself requires a pretty robust charger (not your standard battery pack or cigarette adapter).September 5, 2018Purchased
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Browse 60 questions Browse 60 questions and 72 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?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.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.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.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.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.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.pdfHigh, 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.Will Stratus 3 display ADS-B traffic and weather on a FLY-Q system?BEST ANSWER: Yes.I have a Stratus 2i is there a upgrade exchange program?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.Will the stratus 3 put ads b traffic on a 530w screen?BEST ANSWER: No it will not - only portable devices.What’s the difference between Stratus 2 and a Stratus 3?BEST ANSWER: Stratus 3 has auto shutoff, smart WiFi, a pressure altitude sensor, and works with other apps besides ForeFlight.I fly an business aircraft challenger 604/605 have there been any reports of difficulty using in cockpit with electrical heated windshields...my current dual 160 works great for gps only...even out in the middle of the North Atlantic . I noticed review by citation pilot...assume he has electric windshields??BEST ANSWER: Yes, the heated windows can cause interference with the GPS and ADS-b signal. We offer external antennas that can be placed on/near a window that is not heated and will provide the signal.Is there any talk about creating a Stratus product that uses Bluetooth rather than WiFi to connect? That way we could enjoy the benefits provided by both the Stratus info and the onboard WiFi in our aircraft.BEST ANSWER: Not that I am aware of. I will pass this along to the product manager.What does the Smart WIFI do for LTE feature?BEST ANSWER: This Feature allows us to use an app that requires cellular data to be used. If you were to go to the plane and connect to the Stratus and then need to use an app, i.e. weather app. You could use the weather app without having to disconnect from the Stratus.Will the Stratus 3 or Sentry work with heated windows on corporate aircraft?Stratus 3 ADS-B ReceiverBEST ANSWER: The heated windows present a problem for the reception with both units, although in most cases they will work. For particularly thick windsheilds (Learjets, for example) an external antenna may be required. The Stratus includes ports for an external GPS and ADS-B antenna, while Sentry does not. I would recommend the Stratus if you're concerned about it.
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