by Phil Lightstone
The uAvionix-manufactured tailBeacon ADS-B IN received TSO authorization from the FAA last week. Much like their skyBeacon, the tailBeacon contains multiple TSOs in one integrated package that takes less than an hour to install. In addition to the ADS-B OUT (978 MHz only) system, the tailBeacon includes an integrated WAAS GPS (the first TSO-C145e GPS in the world), a barometric altimeter and an LED rear position light. The tailBeacon joins uAvionix’s skyBeacon as cost-effective solutions by simplifying the installation process.
Neither the skyBeacon nor the tailBeacon will comply with what, all indications are, will be the TCCA/Nav Canada mandate of 1090 MHz ADS-B OUT with antenna diversity. However, for those Canadian aircraft owners who need or want to equip their aircraft in time for the U.S.’s January 1, 2020 deadline for ADS-B OUT compliance, this may be the simplest and most economical solution.
uAvionix still has the STC process to complete before the product can be shipped. The company does not anticipate any issues that would keep their customers from meeting the FAA’s 2020 deadline for ADS-B OUT equipage. They expect it will be much sooner than that, with more information to be released as things progress.
uAvionix is now accepting pre-orders at $1,999 USD, charged at the time of shipping. The product will also be available from one of their trusted resellers, or qualified installers in the U.S.