The skyBeacon is a 978 UAT solution that’s designed to mount to the aircraft’s wingtip, using the mounting and wiring for an existing wingtip position light. The device has a built-in WAAS GPS receiver and
antenna, plus a 40-candela intensity red LED position light. The
skyBeacon has transponder monitoring circuitry that’s smart enough to
keep the aircraft’s transponder and ADS-B squawk codes and Ident status
in sync without a separate ADS-B control head.
The skyBeacon consists of a total of five (5) TSOs:
ADS-B (TSO-C154c, Class B1S)
GPS (TSO-C145d, Class Beta 1)
Barometric altitude sensor (TSO-C88b)
Position Light (TSO-C30c, Type I)
Anti-collision light (TSO-C96a, Class II)
The tailBeacon 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.
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