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UAVIONIX SKYBEACON NAV STROBE LIGHT / ADS-B OUT FAA TSO

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Part# 11-16531
MFR Model# SKYBEACON-TSO

Overview

skyBeacon is a 2020 compliant, near zeroinstall, Class B1S ADS-B UAT transmitter and WAAS GPS integrated into a wing tip position light. The power transcoder decodes replies from legacy Mode C transponders. 14 CFR §91.227 compliant. Smart phone configurable over WiFi. skyBeacon is a revolutionary new way to equip ADS-B. Simply replace your existing navigation light with skyBeacon and you are ADS-B compliant for 2020.
  • 2020 Compliance
  • Mounts in under 10 minutes
  • Lowest total cost of ownership of any ADS-B Out solution

Install in Minutes

Installation is as simple as replacing the aircraft position light.
Simply replace the aircraft position light, that’s it! No airframe modifications or additional antennas are required. Plus, it works with any Mode C or Mode S transponder. skyBeacon installation uses the existing mounting location, breaker and wiring, with 3 screws and 3 wires. The transponder data is provided via the existing aircraft wiring system using the power transcoder.

Remain Anonymous


Just because you are ADS-B equipped, doesn’t mean you want to be tracked. With skyBeacon’s Anonymous Mode, your aircraft identification remains hidden from the ADS-B OUT signal while squawking 1200. Anonymous Mode keeps the skies safe while protecting your privacy.

Self-Contained WAAS GPS

A built-in WAAS GPS provides skyBeacon with rule compliant position data for ADS-B transmission. No additional wiring or external GPS antenna mounting is required.

Works with Your Existing Mode C or S Transponder

skyBeacon works with any existing transponder. uAvionix’s patented power transcoder technology seamlessly communicates with your existing transponder, any transponder, over your aircraft’s electrical system. tailBeacon and skyBeacon are the only UAT ADS-B OUT devices on the market that work with Mode S transponders.

Instant Setup and Configuration

Mechanically installing skyBeacon is the first easy step. With uAvionix’s mobile app, configuration is just as simple. Our mobile application (available for both Apple iOS and Android) guides your installer through setting the necessary values including the ICAO address, emitter type, aircraft length, width and GPS offsets.

Wingtip Adapters

If your wingtip or lighting configuration is not supported by skyBeacon, you can purchase a fairing adapter kit for various aircraft.
    301 fairing (left) Aircraft Compatibility:
  • 150L, 150M
  • 152
  • 175C
  • 180G, 180H
  • 182F, 182G, 182H, 182J, 182K, 182L, 182M, 182N
  • 185, 185A, 185B, 185C, 185D, 185E, A185F
  • P206E, U206E

    302 fairing (left) Aircraft Compatibility
  • 172L, 172M, 172N, 172P, 172Q, 172R, 172S
  • 172RG
  • 177B, 177RG
  • 180J, 180K
  • 182P, 182Q, 182R, 182S, 182T, R182, T182, TR182
  • 185, 185A, 185B, 185C, 185D, 185E, A185F
  • U206F, U206G
  • TU206F, TU206G

Features

UAT Transmitter
  • Meets the performance requirements of TSO-154c Class B1S. RTCA DO-282B Class B1S
Position Light
  • Meets performance requirements of TSOC30cType I
WAAS GPS
  • Integrated RAIM processor for Security andIntegrity protection
  • SBAS corrections and health messages usedto detect and correct satellite range errors
  • Satellite pseudo range step errors detectedand excluded
  • SBAS fast and long-term corrections applied
Power Transcoder
  • Decodes altitude and squawk via aircraftelectrical system
Certification
  • Certified via approved model list(AML) for STC'd installation on hundreds ofaircraft makes and models
2 year manufacturer's warranty
Patents Pending

Specifications

Specification
  • Input Voltage: 11-31V DC
  • Operating Power: 3watts
  • Size: 124x116x48mm
  • Weight: 90grams
  • SDA/SIL: 2/3
  • Operating Temp: -45 to 80°C
  • 978MHz UAT Transmitter
    • Power Classification: DO-282B Medium Power
    • WAAS GPS
      • Tracking: -166dBm
      • Reacquisition: -160dBm
      • Cold Start: -148dBm
      LED Position Light
      • Color: Aviation Red
      • Intensity: 40 candelas
      Wi-Fi Configuration
      • Physical: 802.11b/g/n
      • App Compatibility: iOS, Android
      Power Transcoder
      • Decodes Mode A and Mode C via DC input

      AML

      • American Champion
        • 7AC, 7BCM (L-16A), 7EC, S7EC, 7ECA, 7FC, 7GC, 7GCA, 7GCAA, 7GCB, 7GCBA, 7GCBC, 7HC, 7JC, 7KC, 7KCAB
        • 8KCAB, 8GCBC
      • Aviat
        • A-1, A-1A, A1-B, A-1C-180, A-1C-200
      • Beechcraft
        • 19A, B19, M19A, 23, A23, A23-19, A23-24, B23, C23, A24, A24R, B24R, C24R
        • 35-33, 35-A33, 35-B33, 35-C33, 35-C33A, E33, E33A, E33C, F33, F33A, G33, H35, J35, K35, M35, N35, P35
        • 35, A35, B35, C35, D35, E35, F35, G35, 35R
        • 45 (YT-34), A45 (T-34A, B-45), D45 (T-34B)
      • Boeing
        • BC-1A, AT-6 (SNJ-2), AT-6A (SNJ-3), AT-6B, AT-6C (SNJ-4), AT-6D (SNJ-5), AT-6F (SNJ-6), T-6G (SNJ-7)
      • Cessna/Textron
        • 150, 150A, 150B, 150C, 150D, 150E, 150F, 150G, 150H, 150J, 150K, 150L, 150M, 152
        • 172, 172A, 172B, 172C, 172D, 172E, 172F, 172G, 172H, 172I, 172K, 172L, 172M, 172N, 172P, 172Q, 172R, 172S
        • 172RG
        • 175A, 175B, 175C
        • 177, 177A, 177B, 177RG
        • 182, 182A, 182B, 182C, 182D, 182E, 182F, 182G, 182H, 182J, 182K, 182L, 182M, 182N, 182P, 182Q, 182R, 182S, 182T, R182, T182, TR182
        • 180, 180A, 180B, 180C, 180D, 180E, 180F, 180G, 180H, 180J, 180K
        • 185, 185A, 185B, 185C, 185D, 185E, A185E, A185F
        • 190
        • 195, 195A, 195B
        • 206, P206, P206A, P206B, P206C, P206D, P206E, U206, U206A, U206B, U206C, U206D, U206E, U206F, U206G, TP206A, TP206B, TP206C, TP206D, TP206E, TU206A, TU206B, TU206C, TU206D, TU206E, TU206F, TU206G
      • Piper
        • PA-18A, PA-18A-135, PA-18A-150
        • PA-20, PA-20S, PA-20-115, PA-20S-115, PA-20-135, PA-20S-135
        • PA-22, PA-22-108, PA-22-135, PA-22S-135, PA-22-150, PA-22S-150, PA-22-160, PA-22S-160
        • PA-23, PA-23-160, PA-23-235, PA-23-250, PA-23-250 (Navy UO-1), PA-E23-250
        • PA-24, PA-24-250, PA-24-260, PA-24-400
        • PA-25, PA-25-235, PA-25-260
        • PA-28-140, PA-28-150, PA-28-160, PA-28-180, A-28-235, PA-28S-160, PA-28S-180, PA-28R-180, PA-28R-200
        • PA-30, PA-39, PA-40
        • PA-32-260, PA-32-300, PA-32S-300, PA-32R-300, PA-32RT-300, PA-32RT-300T
        • PA-36-285, PA-36-300, PA-36-375
        • PA-38-112
      • Maule
        • M-7-235C, M-7-260C, MXT-7-180A
      • Mooney
        • M-18C, M-18C55, M-18L, M-18LA
        • M20, M20A, M20B, M20C, M20D, M20E, M20F, M20G
      • Swift
        • GC-1A, GC-1B
      • Univair (Alon/Ercoup/Forney/Stinson)
        • 415-D, 415-E, 415-G, F-1, F-1A, A-2, A2-A, M10
        • 415-C (ERCO), 415-CD (ERCO)
        • 108, 108-1, 108-2, 108-3, 108-5

      If your aircraft is not listed above, under FAA Memo titled “Installation Approval for ADS-B OUT Systems,” the FAA explains that after an STC is achieved for ADS-B OUT equipment, additional installations can be accomplished on aircraft not listed under the AML STC by an A&P with Inspection Authorization (IA) so long as the installation does not require airframe modification. This process requires completion of a two page FAA form known as a 337. A a mostly complete sample skyBeacon Form 337 is available under documents. Once the form is completed your installer will mail it into the FAA office in Oklahoma City. The process is normal for many ADS-B installations and your installer is likely familiar with the process.

Certifications

  • FCC ID 2AFFTUAT016R
  • ADS-B Out: §91.225, §91.227, AC 20-165B
  • GNSS Position: AC 20-165B
  • Position Light: SAE/AS8037

In The Box

  • skyBeacon
  • 3x - O-Ring Seals
  • 3x - (6-32 x 1-1/4") button head machine screws
  • 3x - 6-32 Nut Plates
  • Wire Lead
  • Mounting Gasket
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Reviews

This was shipped with zero install instructions

Kevin S
October 9, 2019

Super bright Red wingtip light . Mechanic installed in 20 Minutes. He then Went to SKY BEACON app and entered information etc, and used 35 as sensitivity setting. Faa showed 34 minute flight in C airspace, but Ads-B failed to generate a Complete report for approval. Mechanic was with me at the time of flight. Called support and was told to set sensitivity to 32 on the app. Awaiting next test flight to see what will happen. Will up date soon after second attempt is completed. Hopefully 5 stars.

William V
October 6, 2019

Installation was simple and delivery was prompt as expected.

Ben C
September 30, 2019

Installation was easy to do, remove the old whelen nav light, strobe light and power pack, and attach the wires. I purchased the adaptor for the Cessna 172M for a better fit. I had my son do the app downloads and he was familar with doing a lat / long veification on his smart phone. Did a 337 and W&B change. My son flew the plane and verified the operation with ATC. The only change I did was to use knife connectors rather than butt splices, and inserted plastic tubing over the connectors.

Gary U
September 25, 2019

The easiest and quickest setup, as advertised the install takes only 10 minutes. Only drawback is if you don’t have a power switch in your aircraft for strobes and you are planning on turning them on/off by the app you won’t be able to do that in flight. So consider this if you are flying at night in IMC . Here is the video of it installed on my Cherokee 180. https://youtu.be/IN2h0cJcRlg

Chris
September 5, 2019

Ill give it 4 stars for now. Had a couple of setup glitches (mode 3a) and a failed test flight. Another flight will tell. Install a piece of cake.

Del C
August 25, 2019

My 3rd ADSB install and this is the easiest one to install by far compared to a transponder or transponder sensing unit.

Rock
August 13, 2019

Easiest installation of any ADS-B system however know this: On retractable gear aircraft, turning on the nav. lights dimms the gear down lights making them useless in daylight. Rewiring the lighting system controls adds a new level of complexity to the installation.

Skip
June 19, 2019

After considering all the options to meet the FAA ADS-B mandate the Skybeacon seemed to be the easiest and most straight forward option. It truly was a 10 minute installation and less than 5 minutes on my iPad for setup. After first flight downloaded the FAA performance report just as advertised. Worked perfectly. If you can’t install this yourself you should turn in your pilots license. It’s easy, easy,easy.

Greg
June 8, 2019

I ordered the product without doing adequate research. I have a high voltage strobe which would have to be disabled.Also need additional fairing for Cessna 172 which results in more complex install. I returned product before installing and ordered the tail beacon. Aircraft Spruce has been easy to work with. Thanks.

David
May 16, 2019

Q&A

Q: Is there a matching right side light to get the strobe and LED position lights?

No. Uavionix Skybeacon does not have a matching position light.

Q: Must I have a Certified Avionics Shop install this on a certified aircraft or can an AI with experience and proper equipment do the install and file the paperwork?

Yes, this must be installed and signed off by an A&P.

Q: How do I find out if my aircraft is on the TSO list for this UAvionix Skybeacon?

There is no specific aircraft that goes on a TSO. TSO units will require a 337 form, field approval.

Q: Will this UAvionix Skybeacon work with a King KT76A?

Yes. The Sky Beacon Nav light will work with a KT76A.

Q: Regarding UAVIONIX SKYBEACON NAV LIGHT STROBE CERTIFIED: I have a straight KT-76 will this work with my TXP, i do have mode C. Also, will the nav lights have to be powered on all the time?

Per the manufacturer, this will need to be powered on in order to fully function. This will also allow you to keep your KT 76 as the unit "sniffs" out your transponder signal.

Q: On the features page, it states that the skybeacon picks up altitude data from the transponder data stream, but Ive read that one of the TSOs is for the altimeter. Does this unit have a built-in pressure altimeter?

Per the manufacturer, this unit works in conjuction with the altitude encoder and transponder for altitude readings.

Q: Does this UAvionix Skybeacon Nav / Strobe Light ADS-B out unit qualify for FAA $500 rebate?

Yes, it does.

Q: Sky Beacon title description says Nav Strobe light built in, but text only describes the red Nav light function. Is there a strobe light built into the unit?

Per the manufacturer, All skyBeacon products now ship with an LED strobe. Note: Early experimental versions of skyBeacon did not have the strobe installed.

Q: Is the brightness of the UAvionix Skybeacon LED strobe as visible as a xeon strobe that it would be replacing?

The strobe light is extremely bright and follows the requirements for TSO-C96a

Q: What is the warranty policy?

uAvionix products are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship for one year from the date of installation in the aircraft.

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