Tails you win

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uavionix has re­ceived the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s STC (Sup­ple­men­tal Type Ap­proval) for its ‘tail­bea­con’, the in­te­grated rear po­si­tion light ADS-B Out so­lu­tion, and will be­gin de­liv­er­ies to cus­tomers im­me­di­ately.

Sim­i­lar to the pop­u­lar sky­bea­con, the tail­bea­con has been op­ti­mised for ease of in­stal­la­tion in un­der one hour, in­clud­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion.

The tail­bea­con sys­tem com­plies with a to­tal of four TSOS: ▪ ADS-B (TSO-C154C, Class B1S) ▪ GPS (TSO-C145E, Class Beta 1) ▪ Baro­met­ric al­ti­tude sen­sor (TSO-C88B) and

▪ Po­si­tion Light (TSO-C30C, Type III)

The com­pany says ‘tail­bea­con em­ploys an ini­tial STC for a sin­gle air­craft type (Cessna 172) with fol­low-on in­stal­la­tions to be con­ducted us­ing the ADS-B Pol­icy Memo. That FAA memo, In­stal­la­tion Ap­proval for ADS-B Out Sys­tems ex­plains that, af­ter an ini­tial STC is achieved for ADS-B Out equip­ment, ad­di­tional in­stal­la­tions can be ac­com­plished on air­craft not listed on the AML by an A&P with In­spec­tion Au­tho­ri­sa­tion, so long as the in­stal­la­tion does not re­quire air­frame mod­i­fi­ca­tion.

‘This blan­ket ap­proval only re­quires com­ple­tion of a twopage FAA form known as a 337, with no au­tho­ris­ing sig­na­ture – a good ex­am­ple of the FAA be­ing pro­gres­sive to limit cer­ti­fi­ca­tion de­lays and in­stal­la­tion costs.’

ADS-B Out elec­tronic con­spicu­ity in a tail bea­con

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