Avionics Report

June 2019 Issue

uAvionix skyBeacon: One User's Experience

Installation of the uAvionix skyBeacon was fast and straightforward. Meeting the FAA-defined rebate performance standards was another matter.

The material my shop had on the skyBeacon pointed potentially at a "Transponder Monitor Threshold" issue and directed us to a uAvionix video. Not wanting to make an adjustment to the system, hoping it would work, and then, potentially, make several not so cheap test flights before getting it right, I sent uAvionix an email describing the problem and attaching the performance report. Within two hours I was called by David Wagner, who had reviewed the report. In a wide-ranging conversation his bottom line was that the unit was fine, I just happened to live somewhere so far from good radar and ADS-B coverage that the percentage of my flight outside of coverage would generate a failure under the FAA's algorithm.

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