A first look at the uAvionix skyBea­con ADS-B unit

Flying - - CONTENTS - By Rob Mark

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.

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