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Status weather receiver gets update

July 26, 2012, 04:11 pm

ForeFlight's in-flight weather receiver, Stratus, was recently updated to increase performance.

“Relying on the uniformly excellent reviews and customer feedback we have received on Stratus, the teams at Sporty’s, ForeFlight and Appareo have worked hard to make it even better,” said John Zimmerman, vice president at Sporty's, the world's largest pilot shop and carrier of the receiver. “With thousands of units in the field, we listened to customer comments to make upgrades.”

The Stratus is a battery-powered, portable, wire-free ADS-B weather receiver that corresponds with ForeFlight Mobile version 4.6. The Stratus costs nearly $800, allowing the general aviation community to enjoy commercial airline quality weather updates.

The new update of the product is available on a free download from Apple's iTunes application store. The upgrade extends the life of the battery, improves accuracy of battery monitoring, allows for a faster lock-on GPS locator and adds NEXRAD support in Alaska.

A suction cup mount is also available for the Stratus so it now can be placed out of the way on a side of a plane or in the rear window. The system provides pilots with a glareshield for sunny summer days and enables the device to get better ADS-B reception.

Pilots looking to purchase new technology should always consider pilot insurance first, before take off, no matter what the weather brings.

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