The skyBeacon integrated solution consists of five TSOs:
- ADS-B (TSO-C154c, Class B1S);
- GPS (TSO-C145d, Class Beta 1);
- Barometric altitude sensor (TSO-C88b);
- Position Light (TSO-C30c, Type I); and
- Anti-collision light (TSO-C96a, Class II).
“skyBeacon has already become popular in the experimental and Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) categories, and is expected to be hugely popular in the certified aircraft market too,” said Ryan Braun, uAvionix Chief Operating Officer. “Its speedy plug and play installation provides the lowest total installed cost of ownership ADS-B OUT solution on the market.”
“The addition of an altimeter late in the certification process introduced a small delay in the certification timeline,” he noted. “The additional component makes the skyBeacon able to address a larger range of aircraft, specifically those with an existing Mode S transponder. It allows skyBeacon to provide pressure altitude to surrounding traffic and ATC regardless of the radar coverage.”
“We were driven to innovate new solutions by the unique form factor of skyBeacon,” Braun continued. “This was especially true for the WAAS GPS, where no existing receiver could meet our size, cost, and performance needs. This meant both designing our own GPS, and working with the FAA to develop a new process for certification of complex COTS solutions. This will change the way avionics are developed and certified in the future, increasing technology and lowering cost, and we’re proud to be the industry leader.”
STCs for multiple Cessna and Piper aircraft are expected within just a few weeks, at which point uAvionix will begin shipping pre-orders.
The STC data and installations satisfy FAA requirements and will enable subsequent skyBeacon installations to be performed on any “suitable aircraft” without an STC as a minor alteration, company officials explained. A “suitable aircraft” is any aircraft allowing installation of the skyBeacon without airframe modification.