uAvionix has decided to not use Mode C because it cannot deliver adequate performance : SkyEcho has an omnidirectional antenna- hence no azimuth detection is possible The use of signal strength is unreliable as a distance measure Mode C transponders don’t transmit unless triggered by a ground radar or TCAS. This doesn’t happen in many [...]
Ensure that the device is mounted vertically (power connector facing the ground) Minimize metal obstructions towards the front of the aircraft Power up well before departure so that GPS has time to acquire all satellites
Fully charge the device Power on and leave the device in an open area with very good visibility of the whole sky (away from hangars etc) Leave this way for a few hours so that it can acquire the full almanac
Hold down the power button until the lights flash (about 10 seconds). This re-sets the wireless system to no password.
The prime objective of SkyEcho is air-air surveillance. However, the CASA AC envisages SkyEcho being used for situational awareness. In Australia, it is envisaged that Airservices Australia will, in due course, enable the display of SkyEcho with a different symbology for the purposes of ATC situational awareness. Different symbology is required so that the ATC [...]
The objective of SkyEcho was initially to meet the United Kingdom Conspicuity device market. See https://www.caa.co.uk/General-aviation/Aircraft-ownership-and-maintenance/Electronic-Conspicuity-devices/ The UK CAA says “To reduce the safety risk of airborne conflict between GA in uncontrolled UK airspace we have developed a minimum technical specification for low power, lightweight, portable Electronic Conspicuity Devices that operates using ADS-B.” In the [...]
tailBeaconX is a replacement for your existing transponder. tailBeaconX meets the requirements for use in all Mode A/C/S transponder required airspace as well as airspace requiring ADS-B Out. If you are looking for a retrofit solution to work alongside your existing transponder you might be interested in the original tailBeacon. Note tailBeacon approval is limited [...]
Yes! tailBeaconX meets the performance requirements of 14 CFR 91.227.
Yes! tailBeaconX is a 1090MHz ADS-B transponder meeting worldwide ADS-B performance requirements.
uAvionix is working closely with NAV CANADA to assess the performance of tailBeaconX when tracked by a space-based system. The assessment is not yet complete, but performance is on par with traditional diversity installations.