tailBeacon ADS-B Software v1.5.1 implements the following changes:
- Flight Plan ID (squawk code) is now reported as ‘0000’ instead of ‘Not Available’, prior to the tailBeacon Transponder Monitor detecting a squawk code. This situation can occur in non-radar environments, or prior to achieving radar contact. The change is in accordance with updated TSO deviations as approved for tailBeacon, to better integrate with the operational characteristics of FAA Air traffic control (ATC) systems.
- Flight Plan ID (squawk code) data lifetime (timeout) has been updated from 60 seconds to infinity (through a given power cycle), which persists the last known squawk code after leaving a radar environment. The change is in accordance with updated TSO deviations as approved for tailBeacon, to better integrate with the operational characteristics of FAA Air Traffic Control (ATC) systems.
- The ADS-B firmware part number is now made available through electronic marking, viewable in the iOS and Android apps, as well as the Windows firmware update tool.
tailBeacon TSO (UAV-1002183-001) MOD 0, and MOD 1 running ADS-B software v1.4.0 or previous.
This Service Bulletin is mandatory.
There are two versions of the Service Bulletin depending on how the tailBeacon installation was approved:
If the tailBeacon was installed using the STC or the FAA ADS-B Policy Memo please follow the STC Service Bulletin:
If the tailBeacon was installed through a field approval please follow the TSO Service Bulletin:
Beacon Update Tool:
UAV-1002767 BeaconUpdate Tool v1.1.0 (Windows 7 or higher with Wi-Fi capability required)
skyBeacon v 1.5.1 Firmware:
The skyBeacon and tailBeacon utilize the same firmware. The filename and link below are correct for both skyBeacon and tailBeacon
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