At Sun 'n Fun, Sporty's and ForeFlight announced big enhancements to the Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver/AHRS unit. The Stratus 2 is a joint production of manufacturer Appareo, iOS app developer ForeFlight and founding partner Sporty's. The new firmware for the Status 2 — there are no hardware changes — utilized a number of new strategies to improve performance and battery life, while improving the unit's already strong safety appeal. When Stratus receives weather information while in sleep mode, it holds the data in reserve until the pilot calls it up. It can also play back the last 30 minutes of regional or national weather, giving the pilot valuable trend information for storm cell tracking.
For its attitude capability, the Stratus 2 makes use of the newly redesigned ForeFlight app, which is at version 6. The new app allows pilots to display a virtual panel with synthetic vision and attitude, altitude, groundspeed and vertical speed information. The firmware for Stratus 2 will load automatically through ForeFlight version 6, which will be available starting Monday, April 7.
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