uAvionics SkyBeacon functional?

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  1. Lachlan

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    Does anyone know of an installed and operational SkyBeacon on any aircraft? I’m looking for a working example of a successful installation.
     
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    Just former Navworx owners.
     
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    Many owners, myself included, are waiting on the Tailbeacon. That unit is more apt to fit common Cessna models.
     
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    Why will the sky beacon not fit Cessna? I have a 150 that seems to have the same size and shape nav lights on some aftermarket droop wingtips. Is there something I am missing here?
     
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    Yes. Call uAvionics and ask about it. Email them specific pics of your nav light and they may/may not have a mounting solution for you. It's not a plug-n-play installation on a 150. Not by a long shot, according to other friends that have 150s that tried to install one. You would think that an inexpensive ADS-B out solution like the SkyBeacon would be custom fit for inexpensive airplanes, like a 150, for example. ;)
     
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    Why deal with another vendor with a legal struggle? Garmin as the GTX-335 with WAAS position and WAAS antenna for $2995 until Dec 1st. It outputs 240 watts instead SkyBeacon's 22 watts as well. Also the nav lights don't have to remain on permanently.
     
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    Um, gee I don't know, maybe because you're not gonna pay my labor cost? o_O

    It's quite disingenuous to utter that aspersion against the skybeacon when the very option you're proffering comes from the same rent-seeking a-holes suing said vendor in the first place. I knew there were Garmin employees and sycophants all over this board, but this one takes the cake.

    Process patents need to die a quick death. Rent seeking run amok in our everything's-for-sale-US-of-A.
     
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    There is nothing disingenuous. What I stated were facts easily documented.

    Someone might hating Garmin doesn't change that.
     
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    Different kind of legal trouble. The FAA is not suggesting an AD. The Company is getting sued by another company. You suggested a solution that will cost twice what the TailBeacon will. That’s not a comparable solution.
     
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    I’m waiting for the Uavionics tail beacon myself, the zero install is attractive, but more than that, I think that having the ADS-B independant of any other system may offer dispatch advantages over more integrated systems.

    I don’t care a bit about the power output of the silly thing anyway. It’s legal, it’s cheap, provides no real capability or utility, so it’s good enough.
     
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    Are there any updates on when the Tail Beacon might finally get certified? Been waiting on it forever and now with the ADS-B rebate I am licking my chops.
     
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    It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the tail beacon is delayed by the law suit. If so I doubt that they are anxious to let it be known.
     
  14. bill98

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    I checked out their website and it says they will begin to ship November 15!
     
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    Which was recently changed from shipping in September, which was changed from...
     
  16. bill98

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    Stop it negative Nancy!
     
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    Yeah, the whole thing has a Navworx feel to it. I can't help but think folks who are committed to this path may ultimately regret it. I hope not, though.

    The warning signs are all there. Have seen this enough times to know how it ends.
     
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    I’m hoping your warning comes to naught. I think that it may be a bit too soon to get reports from installed certified units. I think we can wait a bit longer since many have been putting this decision off for awhile already.
     
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    I hope so too, truly. I don't want to see owners inconvenienced, or worse, lose money.

    But if one approaches the situation from a business perspective, devoid of emotion, doubling down on uAvionix just doesn't make any sense. You're going with an option that is borderline doubtful to have a good resolution when there are other products on the market which aren't completely out of whack with the price segment in which the uAvionix product is competing. Tons of question marks here... anyway, good luck and choose wisely.
     
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    Right Ryan. This product has captured the imagine with a fever not seen since NavWorx. It's another low-cost miracle with high anticipation. Almost any questioning is met with rebuke.

    Forget the Garmin GDL-82 which has been shipping for a year and costs less, 50% greater power output, and not difficult to install. Also your nav lights are not permanently turned on, and eligible for FAA rebate today.
     
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    The only 'fantasy' here is a shop installing a GDL in under 1AMU. It's a splice job on 3 fronts, and more labor intensive than a standalone transponder install like the 335/345.

    At any rate eff Garmin's hegemony on this hobby. I was gonna go 330ES as a backup plan, but I just found out the Appareo Stratus ES is available for 2.5AMUs to those of us with qualifying GPS navigators, so that might be my ticket since it qualifies for the rebate. Good alternative to patronize.

    Still holding out for the skybeacon. There's still plenty o time.
     
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    The hardware cost is not what is especially attractive, rather the ease of installation. I've received more than one bid for the GDL-82 and they all surprisingly came in within a few dollars in total cost. I just hope the uAvionix doesn't meet the same fate as the Ameri-King ELTs.
     

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    Experimentals don't need no stinking shop install. ;)
     
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    Less than that. A LOT less than that. www.rstengineering.com

    Jim
     
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    I'd shop around on install fees. The GTX-345 labor was less than that for my 182 last year. I know the Av shop are overloaded with business. Thanks for sharing the quote.