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|

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 [...]

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

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, [...]

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

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 [...]

2020-04-30T17:27:03-06:00April 30th, 2020|