skyBeacon Support Articles

I am not seeing my flights on FlightAware or Flightradar24 or there are only partial sections of the flight displayed

Flightradar24 and FlightAware are predominately 1090mhz reporting sites. They get their flight data from their own network of 1090 receivers, not from the FAA. The skyBeacon, tailBeacon, and the echoUAT are all on the 978mhz (UAT) frequency. They are working on getting more stations with 978mhz reporting but it will be pretty hit and miss [...]

2020-05-20T12:07:11-06:00May 20th, 2020|

Tips for a Successful tailBeacon/skyBeacon Flight

It’s all about the setup: In aviation, everything is about the setup.  The preflight, the pilot’s health, the pilot’s familiarity with the aircraft, and the details of the flight determine 99% of the outcome.  ADS-B evaluation flights are no different.   Poor behavior and a lack of understanding lead to failed reports, more than a little [...]

2020-05-05T11:37:35-06:00May 4th, 2020|

Strobe Wiring Configuration

Strobe Wiring Diagrams The skyBeacon should never be connected directly to a high-voltage strobe power supply.  Connecting the skyBeacon to a high-voltage strobe power supply will damage the skyBeacon. The diagrams below show both the incorrect and correct wiring for utilizing skyBeacon with an existing anti-collision system.

2020-05-04T17:33:43-06:00May 4th, 2020|

My aircraft is not on the AML, how can I install the skyBeacon?

Installing the skyBeacon on an aircraft not listed on the AML is approved by the FAA.  A field approval is not required.  Under the FAA Memo titled “Installation Approval for ADS-B OUT Systems,” the FAA explains that after an STC is achieved for ADS-B OUT equipment, additional installations can be accomplished on aircraft not listed under [...]

2020-05-01T10:19:17-06:00May 1st, 2020|

How does skyBeacon install?

skyBeacon is designed to be a direct replacement for the common navigation light or nav/strobe found on many aircraft.  skyBeacon has the form factor and installation characteristics of a traditional Grimes style teardrop shaped wingtip navigation light.   skyBeacon is a direct replacement for the lights shown below (as an example). Figure 1: “Grimes” style position light [...]

2020-05-01T10:19:17-06:00May 1st, 2020|

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 [...]

2020-05-01T10:19:17-06:00May 1st, 2020|

My wingtips don’t work with skyBeacon. What are my options?

If your wingtips or lighting configuration are not supported by the skyBeacon you have a few options… Cosmetic Fairings: These are only used to cover a strobe wiring access hole that will be visible if not used. They do not make the skyBeacon fit on a wingtip with an incompatible mounting layout. VIEW FAIRING 301 [...]

2020-05-01T10:23:48-06:00May 1st, 2020|

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 installation [...]

2020-05-01T10:19:17-06:00May 1st, 2020|