Today, uAvionix announces it received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) UK.STC.00174 by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority for its tailBeaconX 1090 MHz ADS-B transponder.

As with the EASA STC for tailBeaconX, the Approved Model List (AML) equals the original FAA STC-AML SA04568CH and is applicable to all of the 550 make and models with a UK type certificate that are on the original FAA AML. This includes most major models from Cessna, Piper, Mooney, Beechcraft, and others. Additional models, including light twins, and UK or European built models not on the FAA AML are expected to be added in the next few months. uAvionix will immediately begin shipping orders to UK resellers and buyers.

tailBeaconX is a highly integrated 1090 MHz ADS-B transponder that replaces a rear navigation light by combining it with an ADS-B OUT / Mode S transponder, SBAS GPS, antennas, and a rear LED position light. tailBeaconX utilizes the uAvionix AV-30-C multi-function display to be installed as the control head for which a separate STC has already been issued by CAA. In this configuration, the AV-30-C is able to leverage the tailBeaconX SBAS GPS for its GPS track display. In the future uAvionix anticipates adding additional means of control through uAvionix and third-party devices.

tailBeaconX is uniquely designed to meet ADS-B OUT requirements in UK airspace at a low price point and easy installation. Besides providing the safety and operational benefits of having ADS-B OUT for Air Traffic Control (ATC), tailBeaconX will enhance situational awareness for other aircraft equipped with ADS-B IN. With the growing use of electronic conspicuity devices such as skyEcho2 under CAP 1391, tailBeaconX will offer a permanently installed ADS-B OUT solution for certified aircraft, that will meet transponder requirements for ATC, while offering optimal visibility to other aircraft and drones equipped with ADS-B receivers. tailBeaconX is the only non-diversity solution that will work uniquely with both ground and space-based ADS-B surveillance in use in the UK, enhancing coverage for general aviation aircraft over water and remote terrain, saving aircraft owners thousands of pounds for equipment and installation as compared to a full diversity system required for space-based ADS-B.

uAvionix is working with the Light Aircraft Association to get tailBeaconX added to the LAA’s TL 3.03 approved avionics list for Permit-to-Fly aircraft. We hope to achieve this before the LAA ‘Grass Roots Fly In” at Popham Airfield, where uAvionix will be exhibiting

About uAvionix Corporation
uAvionix was founded with the mission of bringing safety solutions to the unmanned aviation industry in order to aid in the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into National Airspace Systems (NAS). uAvionix offers low SWaP TSO certified and uncertified avionics for General Aviation (GA), Airport Surface Vehicles and the UAS markets. The team consists of an unparalleled engineering and management team with a unique combination of experience within avionics, surveillance, airport services, UAS aircraft development, radio frequency (RF), and semiconductor industries.

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