uAvionix unveils tailBeaconX transponder for general aviation and UAM


uAvionix has introduced a new ADS-B transponder to its General Aviation (GA) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) lineup.

tailBeaconX, the new Mode S Extended Squitter (ES) ADS-B OUT transponder is intended to address global air traffic surveillance system requirements for current and future ADS-B mandates.

Integration with the uAvionix AV-20-E and AV-30-E Electronic Flight Instrument Systems (EFIS) introduces transponder control into the popular multi-function displays.

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The company detailed how following the successful skyBeacon and tailBeacon formula, tailBeaconX’s installation takes advantage of the existing aircraft lighting locations for mounting and access to aircraft power. 

tailBeaconX is a LED rear position light replacement that incorporates a 1090MHz Mode S ES ADS-B OUT transponder, Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Global Positioning System (GPS) position source, and dipole antenna.

It is the first commercially available avionics solution developed with the needs of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) in mind. 

In addition to being a fully functional ADS-B OUT transponder, tailBeaconX is designed specifically to meet the performance requirements of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) leveraging the Aireon space-based ADS-B global air traffic surveillance system.

In late 2019, uAvionix initiated a beta test program in coordination with NAV CANADA, Aireon, and the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA), as well as sponsorship of the Caribbean Air Rally to equip and collect performance data during the 11-day GA tour through multiple Caribbean Islands.

Vice president of Aireon, Cyriel Kronenburg, 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 is immediately available to non-certified aircraft starting as a remotely controlled unit, with options to bundle with the AV-20-E or AV-30-E.

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