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Scout Dual-Band ADS-B Receiver for Inflight Weather & Traffic - Made for ForeFlight by uAvionix
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- Dual integrated ADS-B antennas are optimized for 978 MHz and 1090 MHz frequencies allowing you to receive and display ADS-B traffic and weather on the ForeFlight Mobile app. *NOTE: Scout does not have an internal GPS
- Display FIS-B weather and data on ForeFlight Mobile, including animated regional and CONUS NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, AIR/SIGMETs, PIREPs, winds and temps aloft, TFRs, NOTAMs, and SUA information.
- Receive air-to-air traffic information from ADS-B Out equipped aircraft and rebroadcast traffic information from FAA ground towers (ADS-R / TIS-B). Note that if your aircraft is not ADS-B Out equipped, your view of traffic will be limited.
- Fully-assembled - no hardware to assemble, no additional software to download, nothing to configure. Simply position on any window surface using Scout’s flexible ball-joint and suction cup mounting system, plug into an external power source, and go fly. Integrated Wi-Fi supports up to 4 iOS devices.
- Scout connects to any external portable 5V USB battery or existing USB power source in your aircraft. Scout does not have an internal battery. *NOTE: Scout does not provide GPS data nor backup attitude (AHRS).
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Scout is an affordable, pocket-sized dual-band ADS-B receiver for the display of weather and traffic on the ForeFlight Mobile app. The compact design is perfect for any cockpit, from single-engine piston to high-performance turbine aircraft. Scout is one less device you have to worry about charging. Plug into any portable 5V USB battery or existing USB power source in your aircraft. Scout’s low power consumption lets you fly all day without draining your battery pack. Scout seamlessly connects directly to ForeFlight Mobile on up to 4 iOS devices, and with over-the-air firmware updates delivered through ForeFlight Mobile, Scout is sure to be indispensable for a long time to come.
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That said, I work on stratux because I'm interested in the underpinnings of current technology used in the cockpit. I bought the Scout out of personal interest and wanted to see how it worked.
uAvionix first made the Ping line for drones. Some time last year, they spoke to collaborators in the Stratux Project about using a Ping device for the radios. I thought the idea was really neat, the device comes in a very small package and purports to work well. It seemed like the Ping would have become the de facto radio for budget ADS-B receivers, so we put a good bit of effort into testing them.
I think I was the first person to ever test the Ping chipset in a manned aircraft. Long story short, Stratux collaborators did a lot of beta testing and put in a good amount of test flight hours. The pingEFB (as it would be - the version that connects to Stratux and acts as its radio) never really grew up, it was launched at OSH '16 and didn't do very well. A lot of them were recalled for hardware issues and support for the product dropped off the map.
In any case, I wanted to see how the Ping line evolved and compare it to "another prominent budget ADS-B receiver". Here are my findings.
Dual band Stratux with AHRS & GPS (top left of map says "ADS-B") vs. Scout (top left of map says "Scout").
1. Scout/ForeFlight have some relative altitude calculation issues. JBU906 flew overhead while on the ground and Scout showed +383 while Stratux showed +360. According to FlightAware, the aircraft was at FL370 and ForeFlight said I was at ~910'. So Scout definitely has an issue here--they'll probably fix this in future software releases.
2. Scout is a pretty poor 1090 receiver. Where Scout gets 15 or so targets, Stratux gets over 50. There were three aircraft about 15nm away while flying, two of them fairly close and within 100'. Scout missed one of them. See attached pics for an idea of how different the two receivers are in this aspect.
3. Scout is a good 978 receiver considering its size. I had both devices running at the same time, from takeoff to landing, and didn't put the iDevices to sleep. Scout would have suffered considerably from this since it has no weather buffer.
Stratux vs. Scout 978 - call it a tie on reception.
Stratux vs. Scout 978 (usability) - Stratux wins. There's only so long you can keep your iPad screen on, and weather data received with Scout gets lost unless your screen is on.
Stratux vs. Scout 1090 - Stratux wins by a huge margin.
Stratux vs. Scout form/cool factor - Scout wins by a huge margin.
Hope this helps.
Outbound leg was with sunlight in the cockpit and about 1.5 hour into the 2 hour flight I noticed the device had stopped working. Foreflight was showing as not connected. I removed the battery power and then reconnected it again. Worked, then went out two minutes later. After three times of this bothersome procedure, I took the device off the glass and placed it in the flow of one of my air vents for about two minutes. Of note, the device did not seem overly hot at all.
After that, I reconnected it and it stayed connected the last 25 minutes of the flight.
Return flight was completely out of any direct sunlight, though was a daytime flight (tropical storm moving into the state). Unit functioned without issue that leg.
1. For price and features, it's great. It's not a Stratus, but they don't claim it to be.
2. It's cheap.
3. Captures signals and other traffic quickly.
4. Uses very little power from portable USB battery.
5. Foreflight integration is flawless.
1. Is this device susceptible to failure in direct sunlight? I can't say for certain, but might be.
update 8-18-2017. After going up again today with Scout and receiving feedback from the Scout team, I was able to get much better reaults from the product. My only dislike is how quickly weather updates were coming in, which is to say slowly and the clarity of the weather map. I have learned this is just the process of these receivers. Traffic did show up well and othet weathet info like TAFs and METARs came in great.