tailBeacon is designed to be a direct replacement for the common navigation light or nav/strobe found on the tail of many aircraft and will meet the 2020 ADS-B requirements when paired with an operational Mode C or Mode S transponder. tailBeacon is a Class B1S UAT transmitter and WAAS GPS integrated into a tail position light. This unit comes in experimental and TSO'd versions.
tailBeacon has the form factor and installation characteristics of a traditional Grimes style rear position light referred to as a Grimes model S or A-2064. The tailBeacon will work with any Mode C and Mode S transponder. Due to the unique design and technology of the tailBeacon, there is no need to run any new wiring to the transponder. Installation is fast and easy.
Low cost ADS-B compliance for aircraft operating under 18,000 feet
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.
The installation requires 2 screws and reuses the existing power and ground to your current position light.
Input Voltage: 11-31v DC
Operating Power: 3 Watts
Size: 92x43x73 mm
Weight: 70 grams
Operating Temp: -45 to 80°C
Color: Aviation White
Intensity: 40 candelas
Physical Wifi Configuration: 802.11 b/g/n
App Compatibility: iOS, Android
Decodes Mode A, C, and S via DC light
WILL IT SATISFY THE REQUIERMENTS AND WORK IN A 1976 C182P?
This unit does satisfy the ADS-B requirements for a Cessna 182P and many other aircraft. Installation would be performed under a 337 Field Approval Form with the STC as backup documentation.
uAvionix tailBeacon and skyBeacon ADS-B system may be installed on an aircraft not listed on the applicable AML STC as per FAA Policy Memorandum dated March 2, 2016 and FAA Technical Paper AFS360-2017-1. The policy refers to these installations as follow-on installations.
Below is a link to the installation manual. Please reference this and your existing tail beacon/position light for fit.
tailBeacon Installation Manual
Is it EASA certified?
This unit is NOT EASA certified at this time. Link to the STC can be found below.
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