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TSO approved LED wingtip position light with ADS-B Out UAT & Integrated WAAS GPS

by John M. White |

The tailBeacon from uAvionix is a TSO certified, revolutionary new way to equip ADS-B out for your certified aircraft. This rear position nav light is integrated with ADS-B Out, GPS, and LED position lighting. This is the lowest total cost of ownership of any ADS-B Out solution. The easy installation is as simple as replacing the aft aircraft position light. There are no airframe modifications or additional antennas required. The installation only requires 2 screws and reuses the existing power and ground to your current position light as well as the existing breaker. 

The tailBeacon will work with any Mode C and Mode S transponder which meets the 2020 ADS-B requirements. Due to the unique design and technology of the tailBeacon, there is no need to run any new wiring to the transponder. The tailBeacon is eligible for install on any suitable experimental aircraft that routinely flies below FL180. Light Sport aircraft are also eligible for installation but require a Letter of Authorization from the manufacturer. 

Goof-Proof Configuration, mechanically installing an ADS-B solution is only half the battle. The skyBeacon mobile application can also be used to configure tailBeacon.  The intuitive, easy to use app guides you through setting the necessary values including the ICAO address, emitter type, aircraft length, width and GPS offsets.  Since tailBeacon is self-contained there are no serial ports settings or protocols to configure.

The tailBeacon consists of the following TSOs & Regulatory Certifications:

  • UAT Transmitter: TSO-154c (RTCA/DO-282B) Class B1S
  • Position Lighting: TSO-C30c Type III & SAE/AS8037
  • WAAS GPS: TSO-C145e (RTCA/DO-229E) Class Beta 1
  • FCC ID 2AFFTUAT016R
  • ADS-B Out: §91.225, §91.227, AC 20-165B
  • GNSS Position: AC 20-165B

Features:

  • TSO certified
  • Easy installation
  • No airframe modifications or additional antennas are required
  • Works with any Mode C or Mode S transponder
  • Transponder data is provided via the existing aircraft wiring system using the Power Transcoder
  • tailBeacon uses the existing mounting location, breaker, and wiring
  • Installation is as simple as replacing the aft aircraft position light
  • Integrates LED nav light
  • WAAS GPS
  • 2020 ADS-B compliance
  • Lowest total cost of ownership of any ADS-B Out solution

Specifications:

Weight:
70 g

Dimensions:
92 x 43 x 73 mm

Input Voltage:
11-31 VDC

Operating Power:
3 W

Power Transcoder:
Decodes Mode A, C, and S via DC input

978MHz UAT Transmitter Power Classification:
DO-282B Medium Power

WAAS GPS Tracking:
-166 dBm 

Reacquisition:
-160 dBM 

Cold Start:
-148 dBm

LED Position Light Color:
Aviation White 

Intensity:
40 candelas

WiFi Configuration Physical:
802.11 b/g/n 

App Compatibility:
iOS, Android

Regulatory/TSO:
FCC ID 2AFFTUAT016R
ADS-B Out: §91.225, §91.227, AC 20-165B
GNSS Position: AC 20-165B
UAT Transmitter: TSO-154c (RTCA/DO-282B) Class B1S
Position Lighting: TSO-C30c Type III & SAE/AS8037
WAAS GPS: TSO-C145e (RTCA/DO-229E) Class Beta 1

How To Purchase:

Simply go to skyBeacon and make your purchase.

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