Garmin GNS 480 Navigator Approved GPS Source for Stratus ES

The Garmin GNS 480 navigator has been approved and added as a WAAS GPS source for our Stratus ES transponder. Stratus ES was built without GPS in order to provide affordable ADS-B Out option for aircraft owners who have already invested in WAAS GPS. Stratus ES is FAA ADS-B rule-compliant when paired with any of the following navigators:

    • Garmin 480, 430W, 530W, 6XX, 7XX
    • Avidyne IFD440, IFD540

Stratus ES and Stratus ESG are both certified 1090 Extended Squitter (ES) transponders designed to replace aging transponders while also equipping an aircraft with ADS-B Out. Stratus ESG includes built-in WAAS GPS for one-box 2020 compliance, while Stratus ES will make an aircraft rule-compliant when paired with popular models of Garmin and Avidyne navigators. “We have continued adding to the AML-STC since the initial certification in 2016, based on market demand” said Kris Garberg, Appareo Aviation President. See our AML-STC list.

Both of our transponders qualify for the newly re-introduced $500 FAA ADS-B rebate program, which lowers the retail price to $1,995 for Stratus ES and $2,495 for Stratus ESG, plus the cost of installation. Like all Stratus products, they were designed for simple installation and configuration. With the common 1.65” form factor, they easily replace existing transponders without requiring costly panel modifications.

Stratus transponders can be connected to a Stratus ADS-B In receiver for the complete ADS-B In/Out experience. They are the only transponders that can share an aircraft’s external antenna with a portable ADS-B receiver in the cockpit, which greatly enhances the signal strength of the receiver by utilizing the external aircraft antennas. This feature is compatible with many popular brands of ADS-B receivers; a variety of interface kits are available.

Find an authorized Appareo dealer to install your Stratus ES.