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A PO­TENT POR­TA­BLE ADS-B RE­CEIVER FOR FOREFLIGHT

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Stra­tus 3 por­ta­ble ADS-B re­ceiver and Epic Ea­gle HUD

The lat­est ver­sion of the pop­u­lar Stra­tus por­ta­ble ADS-B re­ceiver from Sporty’s Pi­lot Shop and Ap­pareo Sys­tems made its de­but at EAA AirVen­ture Oshkosh in July, giv­ing users sub­scrip­tion-free weather ca­pa­bil­i­ties to go along with dual-band ADS-B traf­fic, GPS data and backup at­ti­tude in­for­ma­tion.

De­signed from the start to in­te­grate with the ForeFlight Mo­bile app on an iPad, the lat­est Stra­tus 3 unit packs a num­ber of new fea­tures and ca­pa­bil­i­ties into its com­pact size, and at an af­ford­able in­tro­duc­tory price of $699.

A new fea­ture in­cluded in the Stra­tus 3 is “smart” Wi-Fi that al­lows pi­lots to use an iPad’s LTE data con­nec­tion while con­nected to Stra­tus 3, ideal for last-minute flight-plan changes on the ground. A new se­cu­rity fea­ture will hide the Stra­tus Wi-Fi net­work or make it pass­word-pro­tected, an im­por­tant fea­ture for air­line and mil­i­tary pi­lots. The Stra­tus 3 also in­cludes an au­to­mat­ic­shut-off mode that senses the end of a flight to save bat­tery life.

The unit can take ad­van­tage of some new prod­ucts from the FAA ADS-B data feed avail­able in ForeFlight, such as echo tops; light­ning, ic­ing and tur­bu­lence fore­casts; cen­ter weather ad­vi­sories; and G-airmets. ADS-B traf­fic has also been im­proved to dis­play nearby tar­gets in 3D on ForeFlight’s up­dated syn­thetic-vi­sion dis­play.

The unit also of­fers a sta­tus-in­for­ma­tion page on ForeFlight’s mov­ing map that in­cludes ADS-B re­cep­tion, AHRS per­for­mance and bat­tery life. Stra­tus’ Re­play fea­ture al­lows ForeFlight users to turn off their iPad screens with­out miss­ing weather up­dates. There’s also a built-in flight-data recorder that au­to­mat­i­cally tracks every flight.

Sporty’s says the unit’s built-in bat­tery lasts eight hours. It can also be charged in flight.

In ad­di­tion to ForeFlight, the unit is also com­pat­i­ble with the FltPlan Go, FlyQ, WingX and iFly GPS apps. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit sportys.com.

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