Sagetech Rolls Out Impressive New ADS-B
Sagetech, a company little known among general aviation pilots, has introduced a new portable ADS-B box at Sun 'n Fun that combines weather, traffic and a compact, sophisticated AHRS with synthetic vision. If it sounds like this gadget can turn your iPad into a basic EFIS, that's exactly what it does, according to Sagetech. Measuring about two inches square and an inch or so high, the Clarity is powered by an internal rechargeable lithium ion battery and from a perch on the glaresheild -- or perhaps elsewhere in the aircraft -- the Clarity transmits its data through a dedicated wireless network, similar to other ADS-B devices already on the market. It works with about five popular tablet apps, including WingXPro.
There are two version of the Clarity. The basic model sells for $1150 and includes dual-band ADS-B (978 and 1090 MHz) and a 66 channel WAAS GPS. The Clarity SV model, which sells for $1400, includes the AHRS. Both models fit into a soft, slide-resistant mount that attaches firmly to smooth, flat surfaces.