Tails you win
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