Troubleshooting Stratus connection problems

The latest generation of portable ADS-B receivers has proven to be quite reliable in the cockpit, but as with any technical product there is a learning curve. That’s especially true when it comes to diagnosing potential problems. Since all of these devices wirelessly transmit data to your tablet, one of the first areas to consider is the WiFi or Bluetooth connection. Let’s look at how to troubleshoot potential connection problems with a Stratus 3.

1. Check the Settings app

The place to start is with the iPad’s global Settings app. Tap on the gear symbol on the home screen to open up Settings, then tap on Wi-Fi on the left side. This will show all available Wi-Fi network connections, including your Stratus – in this case Stratus 3000236 because the Stratus model is 3 and the serial number of the unit is 000236. Tap on the Stratus name to connect.

A successful connection is indicated by a checkmark next to the Stratus network name, so if there isn’t a checkmark, your Stratus is not connected to your iPad. Notice two key points, though: an orange message will appear under the Stratus network name that says “No Internet Connection,” and the typical WiFi symbol at the top left of the screen will not be present. That’s normal. Because of Stratus 3’s Smart WiFi feature, it’s telling the iPad that while WiFi is being used for short range data transfer, there is no internet connection. That allows the iPad to use its internal LTE radio (if available) while staying connected to Stratus.

2. Check the ForeFlight Devices page

After you’ve verified the Stratus is connected to your iPad, open up ForeFlight and tap the More tab, then Devices. You should see Stratus listed here with a green check mark. Tap on the check mark to see more details about Stratus, including battery life, connection status, age of weather, and much more.

3. Check your ForeFlight version

Different models of Stratus require different versions of ForeFlight. For Stratus 3, you’ll want to have version 10.3 or higher for best performance. So if you see a checkmark next to Stratus in the iOS Settings app but you don’t see Stratus 3 in ForeFlight’s Devices page, check what version of the app you’re running. To do this, open ForeFlight, go to the More page, then tap About. The app version is at the top of the page.

While the version of ForeFlight matters a lot, the specific subscription level you have does not. Stratus works with all levels of ForeFlight, including ADS-B weather, traffic, moving map GPS, and backup attitude (synthetic vision does require a Plus subscription).

Other ideas

95% of connection problems are solved by the three steps above. If you’re still experiencing problems, the good old reboot idea is a valid option:

  • Factory reset on Stratus: Turn on Stratus, then press and hold the power button for 30 seconds (until the lights change from green to red to orange, then go off). This will reset Stratus to its initial configuration.
  • Restart ForeFlight: Double click the home button to bring up the multitasking view, the swipe the ForeFlight window up. This will completely shut down ForeFlight, so you can tap the icon and open it up again.
  • Restart the iPad: Some connection problems are helped by a full iPad reboot. Don’t simply turn off the screen, though; hold the power button at the top right of the iPad and then slide the “slide to power off” switch on screen. This will completely shut down the iPad. Press the power button again to turn it on.

You can also try to isolated the problem by changing hardware. Try using another app (like Stratus Horizon), connecting Stratus to another iPad/iPhone, or even connecting a different Stratus with your iPad. Each of these will indicate which part of the process isn’t working properly.

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Red Bull Air Race pilot Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic claimed his third World Championship Masters Class series win in a row during a razor thin 0.036-second victory over defending champion and top qualifier Yoshihide Muroya of Japan Sept. 16 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. U.S. pilot Michael Goulian, who arrived at the top of the leaderboard for the sixth of eight races in the series, dropped to third place overall after a costly two-second penalty in the opening Round of 14 races.

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iOS Update Green Light program: iOS 12

iOS 12 is now available for download for iPhone and iPad and primarily focuses on performance improvements for both newer and older devices. Also included with the update is a collection of new features and user interface improvements, which we’ll cover in detail here later this week. As with any iOS release, we recommend holding off on updating until your app or accessory developer has had time to fully test compatibility with the new software.

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Quiz: Are you really legal to fly with an iPad?

It’s time for some recurrent training on the rules and best practices related to flying with an iPad in the airplane. This interactive quiz will test your knowledge and includes links to additional resources for more information on each topic.

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Which Advisory Circular (AC) is most applicable for the majority of general aviation Part 91 operations when using an iPad as an Electronic Flight Bag?

Which Advisory Circular (AC) is most applicable for the majority of general aviation Part 91 operations when using an iPad as an Electronic Flight Bag?

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Which types of operations require the pilot to follow the guidance of AC 120-76 before using an iPad in flight to replace paper charts?

Which types of operations require the pilot to follow the guidance of AC 120-76 before using an iPad in flight to replace paper charts?

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Which of the following hardware options satisfy the 2020 ADS-B out mandate to fly in airspace that currently requires a Mode C transponder?

Which of the following hardware options satisfy the 2020 ADS-B out mandate to fly in airspace that currently requires a Mode C transponder?

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What type of backup does the FAA require when using the iPad as an electronic flight bag (EFB) in non-turbine aircraft weighing less than 12,500 lbs.?

What type of backup does the FAA require when using the iPad as an electronic flight bag (EFB) in non-turbine aircraft weighing less than 12,500 lbs.?

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What type of electronic interference testing is required before using the iPad as an electronic flight bag in non-turbine aircraft weighing less than 12,500 lbs.?

What type of electronic interference testing is required before using the iPad as an electronic flight bag in non-turbine aircraft weighing less than 12,500 lbs.?

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Which of the following is true regarding Airplane Mode on the iPad:

Which of the following is true regarding Airplane Mode on the iPad:

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Advisory Circular 91-78 requires pilots to mount the iPad when used in the airplane.

Advisory Circular 91-78 requires pilots to mount the iPad when used in the airplane.

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Pilots flying a pressurized airplane must carry proof that the iPad will continue to operate after a rapid cabin decompression.

Pilots flying a pressurized airplane must carry proof that the iPad will continue to operate after a rapid cabin decompression.

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