Sporty’s Pilot Shop, along with partners ForeFlight and Appareo, released a second generation Stratus ADS-B receiver today at SUN ’n FUN. The new Stratus adds ADS-B traffic and a built-in AHRS.
“Stratus has been tremendously successful and practically invented a product category,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “Now, just 12 months later, the new Stratus raises the bar even higher.”
Stratus features an advanced AHRS that aligns itself automatically before each flight; no pilot action is required, company officials note. AHRS information is displayed on a separate Stratus Horizon app, which is available for free. The app shows shows a large attitude indicator that is updated 10 times per second, plus groundspeed, course, GPS altitude, and vertical speed.
Dual band traffic is displayed in ForeFlight Mobile, and can be overlaid on a variety of maps, including sectionals, IFR en route charts and terrain. Targets are shown with ForeFlight’s unique Traffic Trend display–a data block that shows each aircraft’s relative altitude, climb or descent trend, tail number and direction of flight.
“We think this is the best traffic display available for iPad,” says Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight. “ForeFlight Mobile 5.1, when connected to Stratus 2, shows directional and non-directional traffic, relative altitude, whether the aircraft is climbing or descending, and our TrafficTrend feature shows where targets are heading.”
The new Stratus [#8217A] includes a glare shield mount and carrying bag, and is available for $899. Orders are being accepted now for late April delivery. The original Stratus [#7281A] is available at a reduced price of $699 and now receives single band ADS-B traffic. Stratus may be ordered at Sportys.com or 800-SPORTYS.