TailBeaconX ADS-B/navlight Transponder Receives FAA STC

 - April 5, 2022, 12:19 PM
The supplemental type certificate for the uAvionix tailBeaconX ADS-B transponder offers a lower-cost way to achieve ADS-B Out compliance. (Photo: uAvionix)

The FAA has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) to uAvionix for its tailBeaconX ADS-B Out Mode S transponder, which replaces rear position lights on many light aircraft models. The approval includes an initial approved model list covering more than 550 aircraft models, and more are being added, according to uAvionix.

The $1,999 tailBeaconX combines the 1090 MHz ADS-B transponder with an LED rear position light, SBAS GPS, and antennas. With a single antenna that can transmit towards the ground and up towards satellites, according to uAvionix, the tailBeaconX meets Nav Canada’s performance requirements for space-based ADS-B. This eliminates the need to install a diversity-capable ADS-B transponder for areas that will rely on space-based ADS-B, such as Canada. “TailBeaconX is the only non-diversity solution, saving aircraft owners thousands of dollars for equipment and installation as compared to a full diversity system,” the company explained.

The STC as currently approved requires installation of the tailBeaconX transponder/light as well as uAvionix’s AV-30-C multifunction display as a control head. The company is planning to offer alternative means of control via other uAvionix and third-party devices.

TailBeaconX is available now for 336 aircraft models in Canada, which don’t require an additional Transport Canada STC. But uAvionix is also working on STC validation for another 56 models in Canada.