The 10 Best ADS B Receivers

Updated December 06, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Accurate location and weather information can mean the difference between a pleasant jaunt across the state and a difficult trek through dark clouds and crosswinds. Far more accurate than past navigational networks, ADS-B transmissions serve to keep aircraft out of trouble and out of each other's way. One of these receivers would make a fine choice for a pilot or simply an aviation enthusiast. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best ads b receiver on Amazon.

10. Garmin GDL 52

9. ForeFlight Scout

8. Stratux Radios

7. Nooelec Nano 2

6. FreeFlight Rangr XVRL

5. Dual Electronics XGPS170D

4. FlightAware Pro Stick Plus

3. Lynx NGT-9000

2. Stratux Dual-Band

1. ForeFlight Sentry

Editor's Notes

December 05, 2018: As many pilots are aware, the year 2020 will see new rules adopted that require ADS-B-out transponders on all aircraft. This is to mitigate one of the inherent flaws in ADS-B that makes most planes invisible to those with only ADS-B-in systems. The Rangr is great for that, but if you're planning to future-proof your ride, the Lynx is almost impossible to beat. It's pricey though. As far as dedicated receviers, if you fly somewhat frequently, the Stratus 2S is a formidable device that's at the top in popularity. Stratux also makes one aimed directly at the Stratus (really creative name, right?), and it's a good choice at half the price. And if you insist on doing it yourself, the Nooelec kit makes that easy, while the standalone Stratux radios are armed at the most ambitious system designers.


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Last updated on December 06, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

A traveling chef, musician, and student of the English language, Chris can be found promoting facts and perfect copy around the globe, from dense urban centers to remote mountaintops. In his free time he revels in dispelling pseudoscience, while at night he dreams of modern technology, world peace, and the Oxford comma.


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