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|

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|

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 ramp test [...]

2020-05-01T10:19:16-06:00May 1st, 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|

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|