Probably the most sophisticated aircraft tail-light ever, the uAvionix TailbeaconX, has received its FAA Technical Standard Order Authorization (TSOA) in the US.
The TailbeaconX replaces a standard rear white navigation light but is equipped with a transponder, ADS-B Out, Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) GPS – as well as a 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)
tailBeaconX is designed to be globally compliant and an easily installed ADS-B OUT solution for General Aviation (GA) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM), meeting current and future 1090MHz ADS-B mandates.
uAvionix says it offers maximum compatibility with both ground and space-based ADS-B receivers used by over 18 Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSP) worldwide.
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“Combining a LED rear position light replacement, a 1090MHz 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”.
TailbeaconX can be integrated with uAvionix’ own AV-30-C electronic flight instrument for transponder control and GPS input. AV-30-C offers primary attitude, slip, and Directional Gyro (DG), and also Angle of Attack, Air Data, G Meter, Bus Voltage, and GPS navigation display.
Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) efforts for a large Approved Model List (AML) are in work and completion is expected in Q1 2021. Recommended price for TailBeaconX TSO is $2499. The UK agent is LX Avionics.