Using Aireon’s space-based ADS-B system data from flight activity in Canada in 2020, Capital Sciences compared the performance of uAvionix’s TSO-certified tailBeaconX transponder to traditional diversity transponders. The analysis of that data has been compiled into a 20-page report recently released by uAvionix, which finds “that tailBeaconX performs very similarly to traditional diversity transponders.”
“The tailBeaconX is not certified as a ‘diversity’ transponder, which would have two independent antennas for mounting on the top and the bottom of the aircraft,” notes the report. “Instead, the tailBeaconX utilizes a unique design with a dipole antenna inclusive of an aircraft rear navigation light.”
Capital Sciences analyzed 12 months of data across 38 unique aircraft encompassing more than 7,000 hours of flight time and 4 million ADS-B messages. It compares Aireon data from GA aircraft equipped with uAvionix’s tailBeaconX with data from traditional diversity transponders while operating in Canadian airspace.
Download the report from the uAvionix website.