The simplest way to receive ADS-B traffic and weather.

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Shipping March 2017

PingBuddy 2 improves upon the original PingBuddy with:

Integrated gimbal suction cup mounting system
Improved sensitivity
Dual antennas optimized for each ADS-B frequency
Elegant USB flash drive-sized package
Same low $ 149 pricing!

Overview

pingBuddy 2 is the world’s smallest and lightest Wi-Fi ADS-B receiver.  Featuring integrated Wi-Fi, dual-band ADS-B In, and built-in antennas.  pingBuddy 2 brings real-time air traffic reporting and weather updates to your Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) of choice.  Simply power pingBuddy 2, join the wireless network, launch your EFB software and enjoy subscription-free traffic and weather.

Features

  • Dual Band (978MHz/1090MHz) ADS-B receiver

  • Displays ADS-B traffic on many popular electronic flight bags

  • Subscription-free ADS-B weather

  • Integrated Wi-Fi

  • No assembly or software downloads required

  • Configuration free design just add power

  • Low-power, low heat design

pingBuddy 2 shown to scale with iPad Mini

Traffic

PingBuddy 2 receives dual-band ADS-B traffic information.  1090ES and 978(UAT) traffic broadcasts are displayed on supported EFB moving maps relative to your aircraft position and altitude.  

Weather

PingBuddy 2 receives subscription-free in-flight weather (FIS-B) directly from FAA ground stations.   FIS-B includes the following weather information.

  • NEXRAD radar

  • METARs

  • TAFs

  • AIRMETs

  • SIGMETs

  • Winds and temps aloft

  • PIREPs

  • NOTAMs

  • TFRs

Compatible Applications

PingBuddy 2 works with many EFB applications using the GDL90 protocol. Confirmed compatible applications are listed below.

iFly GPS

ForeFlight

FltPlan Go

FltPlan Go

FlyQ EFB

FlyQ EFB

Naviator

Naviator

AvPlan

AvPlan

WingX Pro

WingX Pro

Aerovie Reports

Aerovie

Avare

Avare

Application icons and names are trademarks of the respective owners.

Frequently Asked Questions

The United States is currently providing weather services using the 978MHz(UAT) frequency.

The FAA ground stations are designed to provide optimal service to in-flight aircraft.  Weather reception will vary by location but most of our users report weather data reception between 500′-1500′ AGL.  The FAA provides an ADS-B coverage map as a reference.

No, pingBuddy 2 is an ADS-B receiver.  The 2020 mandate requires ADS-B transmit capablity.  Learn more at the FAA ADS-B website.

PingBuddy 2 can be powered using any 5V micro USB power source. Existing USB chargers in aircraft or portable USB batteries work equally well.

No, PingBuddy 2 is an ADS-B receiver. It utilizes the GPS in your Android or iOS device. If your device does not have an integrated GPS an external Bluetooth or GPS dongle is required.

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