Portable ADS-B and SiriusXM receiver buyer’s guide

Today’s portable weather accessories for iPad have evolved from basic ADS-B receivers to sophisticated, multi-sensor devices capable of providing in-flight information that rivals many panel-mount avionics systems. For the price of a few flight lessons, you can have in-flight weather (ADS-B or SiriusXM), GPS, traffic, flight data recorder and a backup attitude/heading display, all on your iPad. There are a lot of options out there, so we assembled this buyer’s guide to help you sort out the details. Click on the image for a larger version.

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5 replies
  1. Steve G
    Steve G says:

    There is a wonderful ADS-B receiver missing from the array that you provide in this article, and that is the Stratux receiver, sold and supported by Crew Dog Electronics. About $300, but you can also buy the parts and assemble it yourself for less. I bought one to replace my Appareo Stratus 2S. The Stratux is compatible with most all iPad EFB apps. I see that Sporty’s does not sell the Stratux. If that’s the reason it wasn’t included in your article, I’m a little disappointed.

    • Joe Scheibinger
      Joe Scheibinger says:

      I agree! I built my Stratux from parts on Ebay and it is a wonderful little box! Does everything the other guys do and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper!

    • Andy T
      Andy T says:

      I think the value of Stratux isn’t what it used to be. I had one and it worked OK, but seems like I was always messing with it to keep it running. I’m cheap, soI bought a Sentry Mini for $300 and it’s so much more reliable… for about what I had in my Stratux.

  2. Brad H
    Brad H says:

    Nice chart for comparison. Helped me decide on the Sentry.

    However, I’m quite certain the Sentry has “Auto Shutoff” which I think can be adjusted within ForeFlight. Correct me if I’m wrong.

    Also, for “Flight Data Recorder”… according to https://flywithsentry.com/ — scroll all the way down to the “Scout and Sentry Comparison” chart — it shows Sentry will have this “Coming in a Future App Release”. I emailed ForeFlight and asked about this. Response: “We do regularly evaluate features and we are working to adding more, such as the flight data recording in ForeFlight. We have no timeline on when it may be available. We appreciate the feature request. I will let our Product Management team know that you would like us to add this feature.”


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