New Firmware Update Available for Stratus 2 Devices

Appareo recently released a new firmware update for Stratus 2 devices, adding some features that were first introduced with the Stratus 2S. To update your Stratus 2:

  1. Connect to the Stratus Wi-Fi network.
  2. Navigate to More > Devices > Stratus inside ForeFlight.
  3. Tap the “Tap to Update” button next to the current firmware version.

This update adds a new item to the Settings section of the Devices > Stratus view: Wi-Fi Settings. Tap on the item to see the new settings.

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Disabling SSID Broadcast hides your network’s name from devices trying to connect to it, so the only way someone can access the network is if they already know its name. Another new setting is the option to enable WPA2 Security, which allows you to set a passcode on the network.

These settings make it harder for someone else to access your Stratus’ Wi-Fi network, though most pilots will probably not need this level of security. If you set a passcode but then forget it, you can perform a factory reset of the device by holding down the power button for 30 seconds. This will return the Wi-Fi Settings to their default states. Be warned, however, that a factory reset will also delete any Stratus logs saved on the device.

New Stratus 1S and 2S Deliver Solid Features and Better Performance, Shipping Soon

Stratus 1S and 2SIn partnership with Appareo and Sporty’s, we are happy to announce that the next generation of portable Stratus ADS-B receivers are available and shipping soon. Stratus 1S and 2S offer new features and better performance, with the same pilot-friendly design that has made Stratus the best-selling ADS-B receiver. Even if you haven’t equipped for the 2020 mandate yet, Stratus allows you to take advantage of ADS-B weather and traffic information for better inflight situational awareness and decision-making.

 

Stratus 1S, priced at just $549, is an affordable option that gives you subscription-free weather, single-band ADS-B traffic, and GPS position. Features on this entry-level option include enhanced ADS-B reception, the latest USB Type C connector for charging, and Stratus Replay, a feature that allows you to sleep your iPad screen and never miss a weather report.

Stratus 2S, ADS-B Weather and Traffic

Stratus 2S enhances the ForeFlight Mobile experience, especially for single-pilot IFR operations. Stratus 2S comes with a built-in barometric pressure sensor and integrated Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS). The pressure sensor drives ForeFlight Mobile’s Pressure Altitude instrument and Cabin Altitude Advisor alert, a helpful notification feature that keeps you safer at higher altitudes. The super-responsive AHRS provides a backup attitude display, a feature that really makes our Synthetic Vision come alive. In addition, flight data recording, a dual-band traffic receiver, and Stratus Replay are all a part of the $899 Stratus 2S value.

Here is a detailed comparison of what each receiver offers (click for a larger image):

Stratus 1S and 2S features.

Stratus 1S and 2S features.

For existing Stratus customers, you can feel confident that we will continue to support the first- and second-generation Stratus units. The Stratus platform is built from the ground up to work with ForeFlight Mobile, making it easy to develop and deliver firmware updates.

Stratus 1S or 2S can be purchased via Sporty’s Pilot Shop or Appareo. Customers who currently have an order placed for a second-generation Stratus will automatically receive a new Stratus 2S. Stay tuned for updates on the ship date. Customers interested in Fleet Sales should contact ForeFlight at sales@foreflight.com.

Learn more at foreflight.com/stratus.

ForeFlight Mobile Receives Operational Suitability Approval on iPad and iPhone

We are pleased to announce that the FAA’s Aircraft Evaluation Group completed an evaluation of ForeFlight Mobile as an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solution and found the app to be operationally suitable as a “complete flight deck solution for continuous accessibility for the pilot.”

The approval letter goes on to say: “[The] ForeFlight Mobile application includes airport flight directory information and instrument departure and arrival procedures and charts for all of the US and Canadian IFR National Airspace System. The mobile application was evaluated and found to be operationally suitable.”

The Operational Suitability evaluation was completed on an iPad 2, however the approval covers the iPad 2 or newer, iPad Mini, and iPhone 3GS or newer hardware. In related efforts, the co-developed Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver with Appareo Systems has received approval for use in Part 121 aircraft operations. The Stratus platform enables the display of ADS-B weather on iPad and iPhone running the ForeFlight Mobile app, as well as WAAS-grade GPS positioning for ownship display. Professional operators with access to inflight weather routinely report saving thousands of pounds of gas by being able to see ahead and work with flight operations on inflight re-routes.

In the United States, operators falling under FAR Part 91K, 121, 125, and 135 are required to have formal FAA authorization to use EFB solutions inflight. This letter makes it even easier for operators to obtain approval for use of ForeFlight Mobile on iOS devices. ForeFlight will share copies of the letter to interested customers seeking this approval.

For more information about obtaining ForeFlight Mobile and Stratus approvals, contact ForeFlight at sales@foreflight.com.

Animated in-flight ADS-B radar is here

We are off and running into 2014 with the first release of the year. ForeFlight Mobile 5.5.1 is now available for download at App Store and brings you animated in-flight ADS-B radar via Stratus.

Animated ADS-B radar is available to both ForeFlight Mobile Standard and Pro subscribers with a first or second generation Stratus. Please note that ADS-B weather (and Stratus) requires iPad 2 or newer or iPhone 4 or newer.

ADS-B radar on ForeFlight Mobile

ADS-B radar on ForeFlight Mobile

In-flight animated ADS-B radar gives you another edge on situational awareness and informed decision making by providing strategic weather trending information. See if weather is building or dissipating, and the likely direction of travel.

When Stratus is connected to your iPad or iPhone, select the radar overlay option in the Maps view. You will now see an animation play button in the lower left corner of the screen. The animated set will play up to five frames of contiguous NEXRAD updates. Nearby NEXRAD precipitation maps update every 5 minutes whereas radar data further away from your aircraft updates every 15 minutes.

Also in 5.5.1, you will see a new zoom-to-route button above the Map view zoom control. A single tap re-centers your route in the Map view.

Zoom-to-route button shown in the Map view

Zoom-to-route button shown in the Map view

As always, we are on frequency at team@foreflight.com to assist with any questions you may have about animated ADS-B radar.

ForeFlight Mobile 5.5.1 is a free update for current subscribers. Click here for instructions on updating to the latest version.

From FAA: New ADS-B Terminal Services Are Available Now

Good news for Stratus users – The FAA Safety Team has issued Notice Number NOTC4973 to announce new locations in the ADS-B network. The additions are:

Service Volume Name / Airport ID

  • Cedar Rapids / CID
  • Clarksburg / CKB
  • Denver / DEN
  • Des Moines / DSM
  • Garden City / GCK
  • Grand Junction / GJT
  • Longview / GGG
  • Tulsa / TUL
  • Wichita / ICT

For more information about the FAA’s ADS-B program, visit http://www.faa.gov/nextgen/implementation/programs/adsb/

It is noted that this notice on the FAA website will be removed on Sunday, October 20, 2013.

ForeFlight Mobile and Stratus 2 Love

Very happy the S2 is performing so well for pilots and love the great feedback it is  getting.

Wouldn’t have even tried a flight this close to a line of severe tstorms without @ForeFlight and Stratus. pic.twitter.com/vFcPPILC7u  via Twitter

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Stratus by @ForeFlight helped me stay safe and dodge dangerous thunderstorms this week. Thanks guys! via Twitter

Why use the Stratus + Foreflight?

My original IFR flight plan this morning had me departing KOFP – direct TAPPA – direct GRACO – direct LRP – direct KABE. At departure, the weather radar and forecast did not show OR predict what you see in the attached photo. The black star is GRACO; you can imagine my flight would not have been nearly as pleasant for me OR my wife…

You can also see that I requested and was able to change my flight plan to take me well east of the heavy returns and it was a wonderful flight; 25 knot tailwinds, occasional runs through clouds, smooth air, and 1 hour of actual IMC.

Nice!

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2012 Awards and Accolades, Flying Magazine Editor’s Choice

Last year, we were pretty stoked when Flying Magazine called us up with the news that ForeFlight Mobile had earned a Flying Magazine Editor’s Choice award. We were surprised and humbled to get that call again this year as a result of our collaboration with Appareo and Sporty’s on the Stratus, the most popular portable ADS-B weather receiver on the market today. Flying named Stratus a 2012 Flying Magazine Editor’s Choice award winner.

There are only two other (much larger) companies that have ever received back-to-back Editor’s Choice awards from The World’s Most Widely Read Aviation Magazine. Download Flying’s iPad app from iTunes App Store and read more in Flying’s January issue.

Apple also published its list of top performing apps for 2012 and we were ecstatic to see that ForeFlight was ranked the 20th best selling application in all of iPad App Store. We even managed to edge out Angry Birds HD!
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