Sagetech’s Clairity portable ADS-B receiver, which began shipping on March 27, is on display this week at the company’s booth (No. D-028) at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. The device comes in two versions: a baseline Clairity unit that receives ADS-B signals on both 978 and 1090 MHz and the Clairity SV with both frequencies and an attitude heading reference system (AHRS), which can be used to display attitude on compatible devices and applications.
The Clairity ADS-B receivers are compatible with iPad apps such as Hilton Software’s WingX Pro7, which offers synthetic vision that works with the Clairity SV’s AHRS, and GlobalNavSource’s iPad EFB, as well as portable devices by Adventure Pilot (iFly GPS) and SkyVision Xtreme. “Generally all Wi-Fi-enabled devices [are compatible],” according to Sagetech, “including iPad/iPhone iOS 4.x or later and Windows-based tablets and PCs. The Android operating system is not compatible at this time.”
Both Clairity units include dual-frequency ADS-B IN receivers, data-burst technology that buffers ADS-B messages when the tablet is sleeping, Waas GPS receiver, Wi-Fi connectivity and up to eight hours battery life, Sagetech said. The Clairity is priced at $1,150 and the Clairity SV with AHRS is $1,400.
The ADS-B IN capability allows pilots to view free FAA weather products (FIS-B) on iPads and other devices while in flight. Apps with the ability to display traffic information can use free traffic data via the Clairity units, although Sagetech warns that ADS-B receivers do not necessarily show all aircraft. “ADS-B receivers can receive traffic information under some, but not all circumstances. ADS-B receivers may show some traffic, but remember that other traffic targets are out there that are invisible to ADS-B receivers,” it said.
ADS-B receivers can receive air-to-air traffic information from ADS-B OUT-equipped aircraft, of which there are few. Traffic information is also available from ADS-B ground stations, but only after the station is “woken up” by an ADS-B OUT signal sent from an aircraft equipped with ADS-B OUT. Sagetech noted that the Clairity devices are not ADS-B OUT devices. Most U.S. aircraft will be required to have ADS-B OUT by Jan. 1, 2020.