skyBeacon Support2019-10-07T14:54:32-06:00

TSO Documentation

Document Name Revision Date
SKYBEACON TSO INSTALLATION GUIDE AND USER MANUAL E 12/16/2018
MOUNTING TEMPLATE A 7/31/2018

Approved Model List

The following aircraft are covered by the skyBeacon AML STC.  If your aircraft is not listed below you can still install the skyBeacon using the process explained here.

7AC, 7BCM (L-16A), 7EC, S7EC, 7ECA, 7FC, 7GC, 7GCA, 7GCAA, 7GCB, 7GCBA, 7GCBC, 7HC, 7JC, 7KC, 7KCAB

8KCAB, 8GCBC

A-1, A-1A, A1-B, A-1C-180, A-1C-200

19A, B19, M19A, 23, A23, A23-19, A23-24, B23, C23, A24, A24R, B24R, C24R

35-33, 35-A33, 35-B33, 35-C33, 35-C33A, E33, E33A, E33C, F33, F33A, G33, H35, J35, K35, M35, N35, P35

35, A35, B35, C35, D35, E35, F35, G35, 35R

45 (YT-34), A45 (T-34A, B-45), D45 (T-34B)

BC-1A, AT-6 (SNJ-2), AT-6A (SNJ-3), AT-6B, AT-6C (SNJ-4), AT-6D (SNJ-5), AT-6F (SNJ-6), T-6G (SNJ-7)

150, 150A, 150B, 150C, 150D, 150E, 150F, 150G, 150H, 150J, 150K, 150L, 150M, 152

172, 172A, 172B, 172C, 172D, 172E, 172F, 172G, 172H, 172I, 172K, 172L, 172M, 172N, 172P, 172Q, 172R, 172S

172RG

175A, 175B, 175C

177, 177A, 177B, 177RG

182, 182A, 182B, 182C, 182D, 182E, 182F, 182G, 182H, 182J, 182K, 182L, 182M, 182N, 182P, 182Q, 182R, 182S, 182T, R182, T182, TR182

180, 180A, 180B, 180C, 180D, 180E, 180F, 180G, 180H, 180J, 180K

185, 185A, 185B, 185C, 185D, 185E, A185E, A185F

190

195, 195A, 195B

206, P206, P206A, P206B, P206C, P206D, P206E, U206, U206A, U206B, U206C, U206D, U206E, U206F, U206G, TP206A, TP206B, TP206C, TP206D, TP206E, TU206A, TU206B, TU206C, TU206D, TU206E, TU206F, TU206G

Models in Blue use 301 Fairing

Models in Green use 302 Fairing

PA-18A, PA-18A-135, PA-18A-150

PA-20, PA-20S, PA-20-115, PA-20S-115, PA-20-135, PA-20S-135

PA-22, PA-22-108, PA-22-135, PA-22S-135, PA-22-150, PA-22S-150, PA-22-160, PA-22S-160

PA-23, PA-23-160, PA-23-235, PA-23-250, PA-23-250 (Navy UO-1), PA-E23-250

PA-24, PA-24-250, PA-24-260, PA-24-400

PA-25, PA-25-235, PA-25-260

PA-28-140, PA-28-150, PA-28-160, PA-28-180, A-28-235, PA-28S-160, PA-28S-180, PA-28R-180, PA-28R-200

PA-30, PA-39, PA-40

PA-32-260, PA-32-300, PA-32S-300, PA-32R-300, PA-32RT-300, PA-32RT-300T

PA-36-285, PA-36-300, PA-36-375

PA-38-112

M-7-235C, M-7-260C, MXT-7-180A

M-18C, M-18C55, M-18L, M-18LA

M20, M20A, M20B, M20C, M20D, M20E, M20F, M20G

GC-1A, GC-1B

415-D, 415-E, 415-G, F-1, F-1A, A-2, A2-A, M10

415-C (ERCO), 415-CD (ERCO)

108, 108-1, 108-2, 108-3, 108-5

My aircraft is not listed above.

Under FAA Memo titled “Installation Approval for ADS-B OUT Systems,” the FAA explains that after an STC is achieved for ADS-B OUT equipment, additional installations can be accomplished on aircraft not listed under the AML STC by an A&P with Inspection Authorization (IA) so long as the installation does not require airframe modification. This process requires completion of a two page FAA form known as a 337. We are providing a mostly complete sample skyBeacon Form 337 here.  Once the form is completed your installer will mail it into the FAA office in Oklahoma City.  The process is normal for many ADS-B installations and your installer is likely familiar with the process.  If your installer has questions please ask them to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the skyBeacon frequently asked questions prior to submitting a support ticket or placing a phone call.

Do I need to have a newer digital transponder to use with skyBeacon or tailBeacon?2019-09-04T15:57:29-06:00
No, the Beacon series adds zero workload to your existing transponder and works great with older analog transponders.
Do I need to have the skyBeacon app turned on and connected each time I fly?2019-09-04T15:57:45-06:00
No, you only need the skyBeacon app for configuration and tuning. The app is no longer required after configuration is complete.
My aircraft is not on the AML, how can I install the skyBeacon?2019-02-05T20:49:03-06:00

Installing the skyBeacon on an aircraft not listed on the AML is approved by the FAA.  A field approval is not required.  Under the FAA Memo titled “Installation Approval for ADS-B OUT Systems,” the FAA explains that after an STC is achieved for ADS-B OUT equipment, additional installations can be accomplished on aircraft not listed under the AML STC by an A&P with Inspection Authorization (IA) so long as the installation does not require airframe modification.

Why doesn’t the Monitor screen in the mobile app reflect the changes I’ve made?2019-09-04T15:58:19-06:00

In some cases with certain devices, the mobile data feature must be disabled to configure the skyBeacon.  Some devices like the Motorola Moto lineup frequently display this behavior.  We are tracking this issue and working on a resolution.  To option to disable Mobile Data is found under Setting on most devices.  Refer to your mobile device documentation for more information.

Do I need the internet to configure the skyBeacon or tailBeacon?2019-09-04T15:58:31-06:00

No, you do not need the internet or an internet connection while configuring the skyBeacon. The “Wi-Fi” connection is simply a radio signal that connects the skyBeacon application on your mobile device to the skyBeacon. You will see a warning of “no internet connection,” but that doesn’t matter because you are not trying to connect to the internet; you are using the Wi-Fi radio signal as a connection for the mobile app to communicate with the skyBeacon.

Is skyBeacon eligible for the FAA ADS-B rebate?2019-02-25T10:30:43-06:00

The certified skyBeacon is eligible for the FAA rebate.  In order to select the skyBeacon you’ll need to set the data link option on the rebate form to UAT, and choose uAvionix skyBeacon TSO as the ADS-B transmitter.  An example of the rebate form is shown below.

How does skyBeacon install?2019-02-13T13:36:04-06:00

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 (left), and position light with anti-collision strobe (right)

After the outer cover screw is removed the mounting base for the lights shown above will have the same 3 hole mounting pattern as skyBeacon.  See installation manual for full details.

Typical position light

Position light with the cover removed

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 year, manufacturer and model to support@uavionix.com

It is recommended that you download the skyBeacon installation and user instructions and carefully check the installation template with the aircraft prior to purchase ensuring that the skyBeacon will fit your aircraft.

The installation manual is available here:

The installation mounting template is available here:

Mounting Template
Does skyBeacon work with tip tanks?2019-02-13T13:35:54-06:00

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 year, manufacturer and model to support@uavionix.com.

What do you mean by tip tank?

There has been some interpretation on forums of what we mean by tip tanks.  The image below is the type of obstruction we are referring to:

Tip Tank

What about integral tanks in the wingtip?

Wingtips with normal profiles are fine for skyBeacon.  The integral tanks on most Piper aircraft are not a concern and should be compatible with skyBeacon.

Integral wingtip tanks

 

My wingtips don’t work with skyBeacon. What are my options?2019-01-29T15:18:34-06:00

If your wingtips or lighting configuration are not supported by the skyBeacon you have a few options…

Fairings:

The port (left) 301 fairing is now available. Please note the following list assumes the factory wingtip configuration.

This adapter left-hand (port) (UAV-1002301-001) allows installation of the skyBeacon TSO on the following Cessna aircraft:

Cessna aircraft
150L, 150M
152
175C
180G, 180H
182F, 182G, 182H, 182J, 182K, 182L, 182M, 182N
185, 185A, 185B, 185C, 185D, 185E, A185F
P206E, U206E

The port (left) 302 fairing will begin shipping early 2019.

This adapter (UAV-1002302-001) allows installation of the skyBeacon TSO on the following Cessna aircraft:

Cessna aircraft
172L, 172M, 172N, 172P, 172Q, 172R, 172S
172RG
177B, 177RG
180J, 180K
182P, 182Q, 182R, 182S, 182T, R182, T182, TR182
185, 185A, 185B, 185C, 185D, 185E, A185F
U206F, U206G
TU206F, TU206G

tailBeacon:
The tailBeacon ADS-B out solution is now available for Experimental aircraft.  A TSO version is also planned for release.  The tailBeacon is a direct replacement for the common rear position light.

Install alternate wingtips:
There are several wingtip manufacturers offering Cessna and Piper wingtips to improve performance and support new lighting configurations.  In many cases, new wingtips can lower your stall speed and add tangible performance improvements.  One such manufacturer is Stene Aviation.

Can I install skyBeacon as the owner of the aircraft?2019-01-29T15:18:46-06:00

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 must be tested to verify proper configuration and operation.

Who can install the skyBeacon or tailBeacon TSO units?2019-09-23T14:08:42-06:00

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 cost.

What is the installation process?2019-01-29T15:19:06-06:00

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.  After the mechanical installation is completed the SkyBeacon must be configured using the SkyBeacon mobile application for Android or iOS.

How long does a typical installation take?2019-01-29T15:19:15-06:00

A typical skyBeacon installation will take an installer around 1 hour – this is the time taken for the physical installation of the skyBeacon to the aircraft and the paperwork needed to sign off the installation. Please note that all aircraft are different, especially older aircraft that have been modified for other STC’s. This can potentially affect the installation time. This is why it is extremely important to discuss the installation with a certified avionics shop or A&P or IA.

How is the installation tested to ensure it meets the FAA Requirements?2019-01-29T15:19:25-06:00

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 set.

Ramp Test Equipment (ref. section 91.407(c)). Use ramp test equipment (e.g. Aeroflex IFR6000) to verify proper system configuration and compliance with section 91.227 equipment performance requirements.

Operational Flight Evaluation:  See next FAQ titled:  What does the Operational Flight Evaluation Consist Of?

 

 

 

What does the Operational Flight Evaluation consist of?2019-01-29T15:19:37-06:00

To summarize the requirements of AC20-165B (see links below):  The performance flight should take place for a minimum of 30 minutes from wheels up.  The aircraft should climb to 3,000’+ AGL and perform a minimum of 2 360 degree turns in each direction.  Banks in excess of 30 degrees and extreme maneuvers and attitudes should be avoided.  Any climb or descent should be a minimum of 1 minute in length.  The area of flight should have excellent radar and ADS-B coverage.  A map of the current ADS-B coverage at various altitudes AGL is located here:  https://www.faa.gov/nextgen/programs/adsb/ICM/

 Operational Flight Evaluation. Conduct an operational flight evaluation (OFE) per

section 91.407(b) and request an FAA ADS-B compliance report.  Reports are available from:

https://adsbperformance.faa.gov/PAPRRequest.aspx

Flight profile guidance is provided in section 4.3.2 of AC 20-165B:  https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_20-165B.pdf

What needs to be documented?2019-09-04T16:05:14-06:00

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.”

Do the aircraft position/nav lights need to remain on during all operations?2019-09-04T16:05:44-06:00

Yes, the position lights need to remain switched on during all operations.  Removing power from the position lights also removes power from skyBeacon and/or tailBeacon.  According to 91.225(f) “Each person operating an aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out must operate this equipment in the transmit mode at all times.”

Does the TCAS limitation apply to my aircraft?2019-09-04T16:06:09-06:00
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 systems such as the Skywatch 497.  ADS-B receivers providing data to a G1000, ForeFlight or other moving maps provide an additional level of situational awareness but they are NOT TCAS systems.  There is no limitation on installing skyBeacon alongside these systems.
How is my device protected from theft?2019-09-04T16:06:20-06:00

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 anti-theft key, and should be kept secure with aircraft record.  There are no external markings or indications on the skyBeacon or tailBeacon to indicate the password.

uAvionix will be able to provide the password if lost provided proof of purchase can be validated.

My questions have not been answered, where do I go for support?2019-01-29T15:21:13-06:00

We suggest you read the TSO manual located here.  If you still have questions please send an e-mail to support@uavionix.com and we’d be glad to help.

Will skyBeacon meet the U.S. ADS-B 2020 mandate?2019-01-29T15:21:27-06:00

Yes, skyBeacon will meet the 2020 ADS-B requirements when paired with an operational Mode C or Mode S transponder.  skyBeacon meets or exceeds all required performance and environmental standards for use in the national airspace.   The certified skyBeacon will ship with 5 separate TSO certifications.

UAT Transmitter:  TSO-C154c Class B1S
WAAS GPS:  TSO-C145d Class Beta I
Altitude Encoder:  TSO C88b
Position Light:  TSO-C30
Anti-Collision:  TSO-C96a

 

 

Will skyBeacon work outside the U.S.?2019-01-29T15:21:46-06:00

No, skyBeacon transmits on UAT (978MHz).  The UAT (978MHz) frequency is only approved for use in the United States below FL180 (18,000′).  For international travel or flight above FL180, a 1090ES transponder is required.

Will there be a version with strobes?2019-01-29T15:24:15-06:00

All skyBeacon products now ship with an LED strobe. Note: Early experimental versions of skyBeacon did not have the strobe installed.

What about a matching version for the starboard (right) wing?2019-01-29T15:24:24-06:00
We’ve felt it most important to focus on the products that help you meet your mandate deadline, and we will be following up with starboard side options.
For the experimental/LSA aircraft owners – we already offer skySensor – a starboard side ADS-B IN receiver and position/strobe light. Currently, these are available online and through our resellers.
We will not be certifying skySensor, but we will be producing a certified starboard side matching light called skyLight in Q1. We will be offering bundle pricing but will extend the discount to customers who have already purchased skyBeacon. Reserve your rebate, get skyBeacon installed – don’t wait for skyLight – we’ll get it taken care of for you.
Will there be a version with aft (rear) position lights?2019-01-30T20:53:47-06:00

At this time there is not a wingtip mounted version with integrated rear position lights in development.

There is a replacement rear position light without strobe in development under the working name tailBeacon.

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