uAvionix has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate approval for its tailBeacon integrated rear position light ADS-B OUT solution.
Much like the skyBeacon, the tailBeacon has been optimised for ease of installation times of less than one hour, including documentation. Its system consists of a total of four TSOs.
It 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, titled “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 Authorization (IA) so long as the installation does not require airframe modification.
This blanket approval requires only completion of a two-page FAA form known as a 337, with no authorising signature. This is the same form and paperwork required if installed under the AML STL. Countless skyBeacon customers have installed their equipment using this memo, and it is a great example of the FAA being progressive to limit certification delays and installations costs.
Under the authority of the FAA Manufacturing Inspection District Office, production of the tailBeacon began immediately after TSO authorization.