Can the tailBeacon be used on rotorcraft?

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.

2020-03-27T12:00:10-06:00October 23rd, 2019|, |

The following aircraft have been reported to have fitment issues by customers.

It is the responsibility of the installer to determine suitability. Manufacturer Model Year Fitment Issue(s) Air Tractor 402A 2002 Rudder mounting hole inside diameter is smaller than required American Champion 7GCBC 2002 Rudder mounting hole inside diameter is smaller than required American Champion Citabria 7ECA 1975 Rudder mounting hole inside diameter is smaller than [...]

2020-04-27T08:53:18-06:00October 8th, 2019||

Why doesn’t the Monitor screen in the mobile app reflect the changes I’ve made?

In some cases with certain devices, the mobile data feature must be disabled to configure the skyBeacon.  Some devices like the Motorola Moto lineup frequently display this behavior.  We are tracking this issue and working on a resolution.  To option to disable Mobile Data is found under Setting on most devices.  Refer to your mobile [...]

Do I need the internet to configure the skyBeacon or tailBeacon?

No, you do not need the internet or an internet connection while configuring the skyBeacon. The "Wi-Fi" connection is simply a radio signal that connects the skyBeacon application on your mobile device to the skyBeacon. You will see a warning of "no internet connection," but that doesn't matter because you are not trying to connect [...]

2019-09-04T15:58:31-06:00January 16th, 2019|, , , |

How does tailBeacon install?

tailBeacon is designed to be a direct replacement for the common navigation light or nav/strobe found on the tail of many aircraft.  tailBeacon has the form factor and installation characteristics of a traditional Grimes style rear postion light,  referred to as a Grimes model S or A-2064. It is recommended that you download the tailBeacon installation [...]

2019-09-06T13:18:28-06:00August 10th, 2018|, |

How long does a typical installation take?

A typical tailBeacon installation will take an installer around 15 minutes.  This is the time taken for the physical installation of the tailBeacon to the aircraft and configure the device. Please note that all aircraft are different and can potentially affect the installation time.  We strongly recommend verification that the tailBeacon will fit the aircraft [...]

2019-09-04T15:59:47-06:00August 10th, 2018|, |

I don’t have a Cessna 172. How do I install tailBeacon?

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 [...]

2019-09-06T15:01:45-06:00August 22nd, 2018|, , |

How is the installation tested to ensure it meets the FAA Requirements?

Once the tailBeacon has been installed it is required that the equipment be tested to show it meets the FAA requirements for ADS-B OUT. An Operational Flight Evaluation (often referred to as a performance flight) must be performed and verified by the FAA.  Additionally, the installer may verify performance on the ground using an ADS-B [...]