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|

What is the installation process?

The skyBeacon has been designed to be a simple installation. Please see the Installation Manual and Pilot’s Guide for full instructions.  The installation process is to first remove the existing left-hand wingtip light. Connect the skyBeacon using the three wires as per the installation instructions and use the three screws to attach the skyBeacon to the wingtip.  [...]

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

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|

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|