Avionics Report

September 2015 Issue

Stratus 1S and 2S: More Features, Reliability

Stratus 1S has features and a price to attract the VFR pilot while the 2S unabashedly aims at sophisticated IFR, corporate and airline users.

Weve reported favorably on the Stratus portable ADS-B receiver series that provides inflight weather, traffic and GPS position to the ForeFlight app on iOS devices. ForeFlight is one of the more popular navigation apps on the market and the Stratus WiFi units drive it well. The only shortcoming has been an issue of hardware reliability, particularly of the power plug. Ive dealt with that problem first hand as three Stratus units have failed due to power plug issues in the airplane in which Im a co-owner.

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