uAvionix has filed a TSO application for the tailBeaconX Mode S and ADS-B transponder.
It builds on the popular skyBeacon/tailBeacon formula, utilizing existing aircraft lighting locations for mounting and access to aircraft power for reduced installation complexity and cost.
The tailBeaconX features an integrated Mode S transponder with 1090ES ADS-B Out for worldwide travel and flight above FL180 (18,000′).
It is the first transponder to be specifically evaluated by Aireon and NAV CANADA, showing promise toward meeting performance requirements for ATC-quality surveillance data for General Aviation aircraft.
Cyriel Kronenburg, vice president of Aviation Services for Aireon, said: “A solution like tailBeaconX will expand the proven safety and operational benefits of ADS-B through a space-based service to the general aviation community.”
Adding: “We’re pleased to collaborate on these types of innovative avionics solutions with uAvionix as various global ADS-B mandates take effect in the coming months and years.”
tailBeaconX will be the first commercially available certified avionics solution developed with the needs of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) in mind.
Electric Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, powered by batteries and alternative fuels, require radically different solutions than previously available.
Upon approval, tailBeaconX will include (4) TSOs:
TSO-C112e Level 2els, Class 1 (Mode S Transponder)
TSO-C166b Class B1S (ADS-B OUT Extended Squitter)
TSO-C145e Beta 1 (WAAS GPS Position Source)
TSO-C30c Type III (Rear LED Position Light)
tailBeaconX TSO and STC certification is expected summer 2020.