Stratus Portable Receiver
For pilots looking for hassle-free in-flight weather without a subscription, it doesn’t get much better than the new Stratus portable receiver from Appareo, Sporty’s and ForeFlight. The compact product connects wirelessly to the iPad, providing GPS and ADS-B weather straight to a pilot’s fingertips. With the unit, pilots get access to a host of features, including Nexrad, metars, winds aloft, pireps and textual weather, among others. And although the ADS-B data isn’t as encompassing as XM weather, the lack of cords and a monthly subscription fee make the new Stratus receiver a game-changer. Add in Stratus’ seamless integration with the popular flight app ForeFlight, and the $799 unit is a worthy investment for any pilot looking for a simple in-flight weather solution.