Avionics Report

February 2016 Issue

Stratux ADS-B: DIY and Save Big

You can have ADS-B weather and traffic on your iPad for as little as $61. Some assembly is required.

Portable ADS-B In isn’t that complicated. It requires a 978 MHz receiver for weather and some traffic, a simple computer that converts those signals to a common protocol and transmits the results via Wi-Fi. You can pump up system performance with a second 1090 MHz traffic receiver, GPS position and AHRS. So if you had the right shopping list, the software to put on the computer and a little technical savvy, you should be able make your own. And that’s exactly what the Stratux is. We built one and discovered: Yes, you can build a working portable ADS-B receiver with parts ordered off Amazon. No, it’s not “just as good as an Appareo Stratus 2S.” And, yes, it will work with ForeFlight—at least for now.

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