The Stratus ESGs being shipped are not covered by a technical standards order (TSO) and cannot be installed in certified aircraft, but they can be used in experimental and light sport aircraft. Appareo said that it expects shipments of the new transponder’s certified version to begin in the coming weeks.
The non-TSOed product currently is available through the company’s network of nearly 250 dealers and avionics installers, Appareo said. It lists for the same $2,995 manufacturer’s suggested retail price as the certified version. The Stratus ESG’s suggested price includes a built-in WAAS GPS receiver, necessary to provide the positional accuracy required by the ADS-B Out rules, and a GPS antenna; in most cases it should be able to use the existing transponder antenna.
Fargo, North Dakota-based Appareo entered the ADS-B market with its first portable Stratus ADS-B receiver in 2012, and has become an industry leader in the area of ADS-B portable receivers. The Stratus ESG is its first ADS-B Out product.