A first look at the uAvionix skyBeacon ADS-B unit
The skyBeacon stand-alone ADS-B Out solution from uAvionix features an integrated WAAS GPS receiver, wireless connection to any Mode C transponder and Wi-Fi configuration, all packaged into an LED nav-light replacement.
While the $1,499 price tag makes it easy on the pocketbook compared with other ADS-B options, the system’s extremely inexpensive installation costs evolved from the ability to use a nay light's current wingtip mounting location, wiring and circuit breaker. The unit is also capable of operating in “anonymous mode” to mask your tail number.
According to uAvionix, total installation time is less than 10 minutes, with no requirement for periodic service, inspections or preventive maintenance for continued airworthiness. Certification is expected next month.