Aviation app creator ForeFlight and portable tech company uAvionix have partnered to introduce a tiny ADS-B In unit, bringing subscription-free weather and traffic to the tablet screen. Named Scout, the unit is so small it can fit in a small pocket, measuring in at only 3.4 x 0.8 x 0.3 inches.
Scout incorporates dual antennas, optimized for 978 MHz and 1090 MHz frequencies, into its tiny little package. The unit does, however, require power, which can be supplied through the airplane’s USB or cigarette port, or through portable, rechargeable USB batteries. No software or hardware is required to get the ADS-B In service, other than the mobile tablet on which ForeFlight is installed of course.
To use Scout, simply connect to its Wi-Fi network, suction cup the unit to a window, and you’re all set to fly. Up to four devices can use the Scout at the same time and information can be shared through ForeFlight’s Cockpit Sharing, enabling users to share flight planned routes between platforms in a similar fashion as panel mounted avionics can connect to the app.
In addition to real-time color-coded Nexrad images that overlay on top of the moving map, Metars, TAFs, Airmets, Sigmets, Pireps, winds and temperatures aloft, TFRs, Notams and SUA information becomes available through the ADS-B connection.
At $199, the price tag for the Scout is hard to beat. Scout units will be available for sale at ForeFlight’s booth at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from July 24 through 30. If you’re flying to Oshkosh and need ADS-B for your flight, you can order Scout on Amazon.