uAvionix Introduces Combo Tailbeacon ADS-B

The company has received an STC for more than 500 aircraft make and models.

The tailbeaconX replaces the rear navigation light, combining it with ADS-B OUT Mode S transponder. [Courtesy: uAvionix]

Aviation instrument maker uAvionix has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its tailBeaconX 1090 MHZ ADS-B transponder. The device replaces the rear navigation light, combining it with ADS-B OUT Mode S transponder.

The approved model list (AML) for tailBeaconX contains more than 550 aircraft that it can accommodate. The company notes that it is working on STCs for additional models, such as light twins, and it expects approval in a few months.

The initial STC-AML utilizes the uAvionix AV-30-C multifunction display to be installed as the control head. 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 its own technology and third-party devices.

TailBeaconX is uniquely designed to meet the challenge of worldwide adoption of both ground and space-based ADS-B for air traffic surveillance, including Canada’s upcoming mandate over the next few years. 

According to uAvionix, NAV Canada's performance requirements can be met either through the use of a top and bottom antenna, or with a single antenna that is capable of transmitting both toward the ground and up toward satellites, saving the aircraft owner thousands of dollars for equipment and installation as compared to a full diversity system which requires two antennae.

For the Canadian market, tailBeaconX will initially be available for 336 models on the FAA AML, whose type certificates were accepted in Canada without the issuance of an equivalent TCCA type certificate. STC validation for an additional 56 models has been filed with Transport Canada and is expected to be approved shortly.

The company will immediately begin shipping pre-orders in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand soon to be followed by STC validation for European, U.K. markets, and Brazil. 

Meg Godlewski has been an aviation journalist for more than 24 years and a CFI for more than 20 years. If she is not flying or teaching aviation, she is writing about it. Meg is a founding member of the Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture and excels at the application of simulation technology to flatten the learning curve. Follow Meg on Twitter @2Lewski.

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