tailBeacon Support Articles

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.”

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Which aircraft will have STCs for installation 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 make this determination. For [...]

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Does the TCAS limitation apply to my aircraft?

The only impacted aircraft are those with active (interrogating) TCAS systems.  These systems provide aural resolution advisories, and will generally be marked as TSO-C119.  TCAS systems are required for Part 135 operations on large turbine-powered aircraft. Aircraft equipped with TIS or ADS-B In systems for traffic awareness are NOT impacted. Also not impacted are TCAS-like [...]

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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 ADS-B installation, [...]

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How is my device protected from theft?

The certified skyBeacon and tailBeacon feature a unique password secured configuration interface via Wi-Fi.  A user must enter the password to change the device configuration including the aircraft ICAO and callsign.   The password is unique to the device, and once configured, cannot be reconfigured for another aircraft without that password. The password is essentially an [...]

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Will tailBeacon meet the U.S. ADS-B 2020 mandate?

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 [...]

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Will tailBeacon work outside the U.S.?

A skyBeacon/tailBeacon can legally be used to enter and exit United States airspace. Pilots must also be familiar with and comply with the destination country’s ADS-B rules if applicable. At this time Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas do not have any ADS-B requirements for light aircraft.

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