Does skyBeacon work with tip tanks?

We do not currently recommend skyBeacon be installed on aircraft with fuel tanks commonly referred to as tip tanks which were popular additions to some aircraft. Tip tanks or other large obstructions on the wing may negatively impact GPS performance. For guidance on fitment and installation submit a photo of your wingtip along with the [...]

2019-02-13T13:35:54-07:00October 15th, 2018|, , |

Can I install skyBeacon as the owner of the aircraft?

Experimental Aircraft: Yes Light Sport Aircraft: With manufacturer approval. Certified Aircraft: You cannot install skyBeacon unless you have Inspection Authority for your aircraft.  We recommend you contact an avionics installation facility or your regular Inspection Authorization (IA).  Most IAs, aircraft maintenance facilities, and/or repair stations are also qualified to install skyBeacon.  Please note that the [...]

2019-01-29T15:18:46-07:00August 9th, 2018|, |

Who can install the skyBeacon or tailBeacon TSO units?

For certified aircraft, the skyBeacon and tailBeacon TSO units must at the very least be installed by an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic (A&P) and the installation must be reviewed and approved (signed off) by an IA. Part 145 shops and facilities with avionics expertise will optimize timely installation and downtime in addition to reducing overall [...]

2019-09-23T14:08:42-06:00August 9th, 2018|, , , |

What is the installation process?

The skyBeacon has been designed to be a simple installation. Please see the Installation Manual and Pilot’s Guide for full instructions.  The installation process is to first remove the existing left-hand wingtip light. Connect the skyBeacon using the three wires as per the installation instructions and use the three screws to attach the skyBeacon to [...]

2019-01-29T15:19:06-07:00August 9th, 2018|, |

How long does a typical installation take?

A typical skyBeacon installation will take an installer around 1 hour – this is the time taken for the physical installation of the skyBeacon to the aircraft and the paperwork needed to sign off the installation. Please note that all aircraft are different, especially older aircraft that have been modified for other STC’s. This can [...]

2019-01-29T15:19:15-07:00August 9th, 2018|, |

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

Once the skyBeacon 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 [...]

2019-01-29T15:19:25-07:00August 9th, 2018|, , |

What does the Operational Flight Evaluation consist of?

To summarize the requirements of AC20-165B (see links below):  The performance flight should take place for a minimum of 30 minutes from wheels up.  The aircraft should climb to 3,000’+ AGL and perform a minimum of 2 360 degree turns in each direction.  Banks in excess of 30 degrees and extreme maneuvers and attitudes should [...]

2019-01-29T15:19:37-07:00August 9th, 2018|, , |

Do the aircraft position/nav lights need to remain on during all operations?

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.”