Updated December 06, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best ADS B Receivers

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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.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on December 06, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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