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    Anybody using the Stratus II ADS B with their Foreflite in AK. Pros and Cons? Apple still has not resolved the issue with my Dual XGPS and I'm either going to buck up for the Stratus or Bad Elf


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    I have been using the Stratus with Foreflight Mobile. I have had some issues with it. You are supposed to be able to mount it upside down and it will work properly but mine doesn't get the AHRS right when it is upside down. Also, I have had some problems with it losing the WIFI during flight. It seems to come back and it hasn't caused me a real problem but if I were flying in marginal conditions, it could cause a problem. I have not contacted Stratus yet about the issues I am having.

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    Thanks Russ. Stratus 1 or Stratus 2?


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    I use a GDL39 3D with Garmin Pilot. ADS-B Works fine once in the air but not at all from the ground and there's much of Alaska not serviced by ADS-B. Where it works it's been worth it to have weather info. I've never used it for traffic. Apple's supposed to release a new iOS version next week that solves the remote GPS dongle issue, BTW. Better yet, get a cell iPad and get rid of the dongle. The cell iPad's GPS works perfectly.

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    I'm using the Stratus 2. It has ADSB, AHRS, and GPS.

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    Thanks guys I bucked up and have a Stratus on the way. I'll let you know


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    Quote Originally Posted by cplne View Post
    Thanks guys I bucked up and have a Stratus on the way. I'll let you know


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    In flight weather is very cool. So is synthetic vision but you'll need an upgrade for that. I like Foreflight and keep it active on the iPad but for the enhanced services I went with the GDL for Garmin Pilot. Maybe we can compare notes after you use it awhile. I suspect they're pretty similar.

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    Pid,

    I just put Garmin Pilot on an LG 2 pad that has cell, wifi and GPS in it. It does very well and I'm wondering if it's worth getting the GDL and the upgrade just for syn vision?
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    With Alaska's limited cell service and no XM reception my favorite feature of ADS-B in is access to in-flight weather, winds, and TFRs. Synthetic vision is a fun toy but for me that's all it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Pid View Post
    With Alaska's limited cell service and no XM reception my favorite feature of ADS-B in is access to in-flight weather, winds, and TFRs. Synthetic vision is a fun toy but for me that's all it is.
    First let me introduce myself, howdy. New to this forum cause I'm about to call Alaska home for half of the year.

    My experience with ADSB in the western lower 48 is that it's not very useful at the lower altitudes I fly, and certainly not in the mountain country. Rely on cell coverage down here. Has the FAA done a better job of strategically placing ADSB towers in Alaska that the coverage is somewhat reliable, even flying low?
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    Welcome to Alaska Phil! Your SQ-2 will fit in nicely back in its old home! Nice to see you in the forums.

    From what I have heard the ADSB is pretty spotty up here as well.
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    Thanks Cory! Really excited. Not sure if I'll get the SQ-2 but up there this year, but for it will spend half a year up there beginning next year. Might come up in the 185 though. But first trip this year, probably sometime next month, will be commercially to get things settled and set up.
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    That is awesome. Let me know if you need anything.
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