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  1. coloradobluesky

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    Skybeacon has an ADS B design that is quite clever.
    https://www.uavionix.com/products/skybeacon/

    The instructions say to mount it on the wingtip using the existing light socket. Then connect the red wire and black wire. The unit has an LED position light built in. And you are ready to go. Now maybe Im missing something. Wouldn't it be necessary to turn on your position lights to get the ADS B to have power? How is that going to pass certification? Seems kind of trivial, but I would think you are going to have to pull a wire also. I don't know how much of a deal breaker that is but...

    Also there are a myriad of position lights and I know mine has built in strobe, so they are going to have to have a lot of models.
     
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    The current lack of provision for strobe is the biggest drawback to me. But, with a low wing (RV-4) I’m not keen on the antenna hanging down at kneecap level either. Just seems too easy to break. I’m leaning towards the echoUAT or Levil’s beacon, either of which I’ll install myself. I like that Levil has a panel mounted LCD display of squawk, altitude which echo does not, requiring wireless device such as iPhone to see output. Levil is about $450 more though.


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    Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    Yes. And why would that be a problem? Any installation is going to at least have a breaker (not to mention the master switch).
     
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    I've been watching this with interest for a while. I note their website states "There is a version of SkyBeacon with anti-collision lights (strobes) under development." I paid a lot of $$ to add Whelen strobes to my wingtips so I'm not interested in giving them up unless I can sell them to defray costs and get LED strobes on both sides. Of course, I'm certified so it's probably 3 years away and 3x the cost anyway.

    I do applaud the simplicity & creativity if it pans out & comes to market.
     
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    “In development” = additional cost...which makes me lean towards other options.


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    Uavionix says it will be certified first quarter 2018. If you want to know how it's powered why not read the installation manual rather than asking here? You can also call uavionix, they are quick to respond. I have a echo in my RV7 and when available putting s beacon in my Mooney.
     
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    You must have really long legs and yes I read that you have an RV4.
     
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    I have fairly normal length legs but the RV-4 legs are the earlier short ones which put the nav lights fairly low.


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    Per the dimensions in the install guide it’s only 4.8” tall including the light portion. So the antenna blade is in the 3.5-4” range.
     
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    Here’s a picture of the left wingtip of my RV-4. Anything below the light housing would be unsupported and just about the right height above the ground to easily be bumped into. Even 3.5-4” would be good leverage to break something if some or somebody runs into it.



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