uAvionix Press Release: uAvionix Launches tailBeaconX Transponder for General Aviation and Urban Air Mobility


tailBeaconX is Aireon Compatible for Space-Based ADS-B Surveillance

uAvionix today 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.

Think outside the airframe. Following the successful skyBeacon and tailBeacon formula, 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…

In addition to being a fully functional ADS-B OUT transponder, tailBeaconX is designed specifically to meet the performance requirements of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) leveraging the Aireon space-based ADS-B global air traffic surveillance system. In late 2019, uAvionix initiated a beta test program in coordination with NAV CANADA, Aireon, and the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA), as well as sponsorship of the Caribbean Air Rally to equip and collect performance data during the 11-day GA tour through multiple Caribbean Islands.

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