uAvionix launches tailBeaconX transponder for general aviation and urban air mobility

Feb. 19, 2020
tailBeaconX is Aireon compatible for space-based ADS-B surveillance .

BIG FORK, Mont., - uAvionix recently 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.

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.

tailBeaconX is the first commercially available 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 those that exist today. tailBeaconX weighs only 90 grams, takes no critical volume from an internal avionics bay, incorporates its own antennas, and draws 3 watts of power. This results in longer flight times and higher payload capacity for the next generation of airborne mobility.

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