For more information on rotorcraft installations please read this blog entry. tailBeacon Approved for Rotorcraft uAvionix does not recommend installation on Bell 206B/L and OH-58 A, B and C models at this time. If you have installed a tailBeacon on the Bell 206B, 206L, or OH-58 models please contact our support team.
No, the Beacon series adds zero workload to your existing transponder and works great with older analog transponders.
The tailBeacon will work with any Mode C transponder. Due to the unique design and technology of the tailBeacon, there is no need to run any new wiring to the transponder.
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. Certified aircraft require the TSO certified version of tailBeacon.
The STC is for the Cessna 172. The tail installation satisfies FAA requirements and will enable subsequent tailBeacon installations to be performed on any “suitable aircraft” without STC as a minor alteration. A suitable aircraft supports the installation of the tailBeacon without airframe modification. See mounting template for a 1:1 scale drawing to help you [...]
The tailBeacon installation is considered a minor alteration and can be approved by the installer for most aircraft. At this time a form 337 should be completed and submitted along with the proper logbook entries. Please note, the installer must determine if the conditions are appropriate for installation on a specific aircraft. Additional guidance for [...]
tailBeacon weighs 80grams/2.9oz/0.176lbs including 6" of 22AWG. The rebalancing of the rudder will depend on the weight difference between the existing light and the tailBeacon. In many cases, the weight difference is less than 0.5oz
No, tailBeacon is a rear position light. The color is aviation White. There is no anti-collision or strobe capability.
Yes, tailBeacon will meet the 2020 ADS-B requirements when paired with an operational Mode C or Mode S transponder. tailBeacon meets or exceeds all required performance and environmental standards for use in the national airspace. The certified tailBeacon will ship with 4 separate TSO certifications. UAT Transmitter: TSO-C154c Class B1S WAAS GPS: TSO-C145d Class Beta [...]
Yes, the position lights need to remain switched on during all operations. Removing power from the position lights also removes power from skyBeacon and/or tailBeacon. According to 91.225(f) “Each person operating an aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out must operate this equipment in the transmit mode at all times.”