tailBeacon 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|

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 required [...]

2020-04-30T17:32:59-06:00April 30th, 2020|

How long does a typical installation take?

A typical tailBeacon installation will take an installer around 1 hour.  This is the time taken for the physical installation of the tailBeacon to the aircraft, configuring the device, and doing the proper paperwork. Please note that all aircraft are different and can potentially affect the installation time.  Expect longer times on older aircraft because [...]

2020-05-01T10:14:47-06:00April 30th, 2020|

Which aircraft can I install tailBeacon on?

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.

2020-04-30T17:27:05-06:00April 30th, 2020|

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 and user [...]

2020-04-30T17:27:05-06:00April 30th, 2020|

What needs to be documented?

The ADS-B OUT alteration must be documented in the aircraft maintenance record per section 43.9(a) and include the statement, "The installed ADS-B OUT system was shown to meet the equipment performance requirements of 14 CFR section 91.227.”

2020-04-30T17:27:04-06:00April 30th, 2020|