Stratus 1S and 2S bring new features, enhanced performance
Appareo, ForeFlight and Sporty’s have introduced a new family of Stratus ADS-B receivers, building on a successful three-year partnership that has lowered the cost of in-flight weather for thousands of pilots.
The new Stratus 1S and Stratus 2S models offer improved performance across the board, including better ADS-B reception, enhanced thermal capabilities, and a next generation power connector. All of these upgrades are transparent to pilots – features like the sensitive internal antennas and an automatic fan require no pilot input or additional settings.
“Pilots love Stratus because it simply works the right way, so our focus has always been on improving performance while maintaining a pilot-friendly design,” said Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “Whether you’re flying a J-3 Cub or a Boeing 737, our latest Stratus models make your flying safer and easier without requiring a new avionics checkout.”
For professional pilots, Stratus now offers a suite of security options, including the ability to hide the device’s WiFi network and add a password. These settings, developed in consultation with airline and charter pilots, make Stratus an even more attractive solution for Part 121 and 135 operations.
More than simply weather receivers, Stratus represents the hub of an emerging avionics platform. Seamless integration with ForeFlight Mobile is a hallmark of the Stratus design, as the industry-leading electronic flight bag app can display weather, traffic, GPS position and backup attitude all on one screen. Complete status information is also available in the app and firmware updates are fast, enabling easy upgrades in the future.
Stratus can also display ADS-B weather data on the Apple Watch for enhanced situational awareness. For pilots planning an ADS-B panel upgrade, Stratus 1S and 2S can interface with Stratus ESG, Appareo’s new ADS-B Out transponder. This unique combination of portable and certified avionics offers the highest performance, lowest cost ADS-B upgrade on the market today.
“We believe in the power of great hardware and great software working together,” says ForeFlight CEO Tyson Weihs. “By developing Stratus and ForeFlight as a system, we provide unmatched features and value, like our game-changing Synthetic Vision display.”
Stratus 2S is the ultimate iPad accessory, offering subscription-free weather, dual band ADS-B traffic, a built-in Attitude Heading Reference System, a WAAS GPS and an integrated Flight Data Recorder. A new pressure altitude sensor allows pilots to view pressure altitude in ForeFlight, as well as enabling the app’s powerful Cabin Pressure Advisor. Stratus 2S’s price of $899 is over 30% less than many other ADS-B receivers.
Stratus 1S, at just $549, is an outstanding value. Pilots have access to subscription-free weather, single band ADS-B traffic, WAAS GPS position and all-day battery life. Stratus 1S also includes the innovative Stratus Replay feature, which allows pilots to turn off the screen on their iPad without missing important weather information.
“Stratus 2S continues to push the envelope for portable avionics with capabilities that make it a truly all-in-one pilot tool,” says Appareo Vice President of Business Development Jeff Johnson. “With Stratus 1S, we are affirming our commitment to offering in-flight weather to more pilots than ever, without sacrificing performance.”
Stratus 1S and 2S begin shipping next week, and will be on display at EAA Airventure Oshkosh in July. Both units are designed, tested and manufactured in the United States, and include 1 year warranties. Each Stratus 1S and 2S includes a suction cup mount, wall charger and rugged carrying case. Visit sportys.com/stratus for more information or to order.
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