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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

Easy Installation

Installation is as simple as replacing the aircraft position light.
  • No airframe modifications or additional antennas are required.
  • Works with any Mode C or Mode S transponder.
  • Transponder data is provided via the aircraft wiring system using the Power Transcoder. skyBeacon uses the existing mounting location, breaker, and wiring.
  • The installation requires 3 screws and 3 wires.
The experimental installation guide provides an overview of the installation process.

Goof-Proof Configuration

The skyBeacon mobile application will automatically configure the ICAO address, emitter type, aircraft length, width and GPS offsets by accessing the aircraft registration information stored online.

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
  • Pending certification via approved model list(AML) for STC'd installation on hundreds ofaircraft makes and models
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

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

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

Extremely easy to install, the most difficult part is the paperwork! -) Setup is a snap with the app (rhyme unintended) Had to wait 10 days for the validation flight due to (Nebraska) weather. Passed with flying colors! 0.0% errors. Make sure you read AOPAs article on the subject. Very good tips.

Nebraska F
February 14, 2019

Extremely easy installation and configuration via cell phone app. Really can be installed in ten minutes if there are no issues with the aircraft. Works flawlessly!

Pete T
January 13, 2019

I had this on preorder through the manufacturer for several months. It finally arrived this week (Jan 10th 2019). The unit is exactly as advertised with the biggest advantage being the fast and easy installation. Mine was installed within 15 minutes. Additionally, the unit appears well made. It is sturdy, hefty and tight, despite weighing only 3.5oz. One wire install (+12v) and the unit grounds to the airframe via the mounting screws, ground wire is optional. Not using the third wire (anti-collision light). Setup through the IOS app was intuitive and straightforward. Subsequent flight went well. Foreflight showed the Ownship and the nearby traffic was a lot more pronounced since I wasnt relying on someone nearby for Ownship. Ive always said this unit will be a game changer if ever they could successfully bring it to market. Well, after excuse after excuse and month after month of delays, its finally here. I hope they eat everyone elses lunch.

Nick
January 12, 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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