uAvionix Announces New Quick-Install ADS-B Solution
By Mike Rees
uAvionix has announced the availability of its new tailBeacon EXP ADS-B solution. TailBeacon EXP is available currently for experimental and light sport manned and unmanned aircraft and is expected to achieve TSO certification shortly.
TailBeacon is the second in a family of Zero Install ADS-B OUT solutions from uAvionix. It combines ADS-B OUT, WAAS GPS, Barometric Pressure Altitude Sensor and LED tail position lights into a compact tail position light replacement unit. With two screws and two wires, installation is complete in minutes. TailBeacon is fully 14 CFR 91.227 “ADS-B mandate” compliant.
uAvionix is leveraging its skyBeacon certification efforts for the tail beacon. “The tailBeacon is nearly a carbon copy of skyBeacon. As this is largely a repackaging effort, we expect certification to be achieved very quickly,” states Ryan Braun, COO. “While working on the certification for skyBeacon, we’ve been preparing the TSO package for tailBeacon as well.”
The certified device will consist of:
- ADS-B (TSO C-154c, Class B1S)
- WAAS GPS (TSO-C145d, Class Beta 1)
- Barometric Pressure Altitude Sensor (TSO-C88b)
- Tail Position Light (TSO-C30c, Type III)
Similar to skyBeacon, tailBeacon allows installation in minutes by simply removing the current tail position light and replacing it with the tailBeacon. The existing wiring and circuit breaker provide power and interface to the existing Mode C or S transponder through uAvionix’s patent-pending power transcoder. No airframe modifications, additional wires or antennas are required. The upgraded LED position lights deliver increased safety and night visibility at no additional cost.
Broadcasting on the UAT/978MHz frequency, tailBeacon offers rule compliant operation up to FL180 within the U.S.
“With the introduction of skyBeacon, we received feedback from many pilots who simply couldn’t fit it on their wing,” said CEO Paul Beard. “The tailBeacon is meant to address those aircraft that skyBeacon can’t reach – such as newer aircraft with enclosed wingtip position lights.”
Garmin Sues uAvionix Over ADS-B Patent
By AVweb Staff
Garmin has filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Montana, where uAvionix is based, accusing that company of using Garmin’s patented ADS-B technology without permission. The products under dispute are the EchoUAT and skyBeacon, which are sold for the experimental market. In the court filing, dated June 19, 2018, Garmin says they were originally involved in discussions with uAvionix relating to drones. “Over time, those discussions changed, and Garmin eventually learned that uAvionix had taken its patented ADS-B technology without permission,” according to the lawsuit. In a statement posted online Monday, uAvionix says they did not infringe Garmin’s patent. “uAvionix has our own patent-pending method for using Mode 3/A and altitude information that differs from the method in the 301 Patent [U.S. Patent No. 8,102,301],” the company said. “We won’t be able to comment on the proceedings, and it will likely take some time to resolve.” Meanwhile, the uAvionix statement says, they will continue to ship the disputed products.
Garmin says in the court filing it sought to resolve the dispute before going to court, but uAvionix “dragged its feet, hid its true intentions from Garmin, and wrongly contended it designed around the ‘301 Patent.’” Garmin said they purchased the disputed uAvionix product, determined for themselves that it utilized their patented technology and decided to file the lawsuit. “The skyBeacon and EchoUAT will directly compete with Garmin’s GDL-82, GDL-84, and GDL-88,” Garmin states in the suit. Garmin asks the court to stop uAvionix from infringing its patent and also asks the court to require uAvionix to reimburse Garmin for all of its expenses and losses related to the infringement. A Garmin spokesperson told AVweb on Monday, “Unfortunately, we cannot comment on ongoing litigation.”
FAA Certified Equipment List (as of 01-JUNE-2018)
Click here for the current list of FAA-Approved V2 ADS-B Avionics to the best of the FAA’s knowledge. For detailed information on specific pairings, please consult the equipment manufacturers. You can also search for equipment specifically for your aircraft make and model in the FAA’s database.
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