January 27, 2021

uAvionix receives TSO authorization for tailBeaconX Mode S ADS-B transponder


uAvionix on January 26 announced it has received FAA Technical Standard Order Authorization (TSOA) for its tailBeaconX 1090MHz ADS-B OUT transponder.

The integrated device, which replaces a rear navigation light, includes and combines transponder, ADS-B OUT, SBAS GPS, and rear LED position light. The TSOA includes the following:

  • TSO-C112e Level 2els, Class 1 (Mode S Transponder)
  • TSO-C166b Class B1S (ADS-B OUT Extended Squitter)
  • TSO-C145e Class Beta-1 (SBAS GPS Position Source)
  • TSO-C30c Type III (Rear LED Position Light)

uAvionix explains tailBeaconX is Aireon compatible and designed as a globally compliant, easily installed ADS-B OUT solution for General Aviation and Urban Air Mobility, meeting current and future 1090MHz ADS-B mandates. Specifically built to offer compatibility with both ground and space-based ADS-B receivers used by over 18 Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSP) world-wide, tailBeaconX was extensively tested with Aireon and NAV CANADA.

uAvionix states significantly increased performance levels were observed over traditional bottom-mount antenna installations, including at lower altitudes and during surface movements. Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) efforts for a large Approved Model List (AML) are underway and completion is expected in the first quarter of 2021.

“Combining a LED rear position light replacement, a 1090 MHz Mode S ES ADS-B OUT transponder, SBAS GPS position source, and a dipole antenna into a single package was a major feat for our team – resulting in major cost reduction to our customers,”said Ryan Braun, COO of uAvionix. “Weighing only 140 grams, taking no critical panel space, while incorporating its own antennas, the path to ADS-B compliance is significantly simplified for a large group of aircraft.”

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