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Old 05-28-2019, 07:18 PM
JCutrer JCutrer is offline
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Location: Crawfordville, FL
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Does anyone have any experience with the Skybeacon ADS-B out on an RV 12? Any installation problems?
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:59 PM
RFSchaller RFSchaller is offline
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Location: Phoenix, AZ
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John, my unit is a self installed FreeFlight UAT, but here are two issues I had that might affect other units:

1. I transposed two characters in the ICAO hexadecimal code for my plane and got a call from FAA asking to get it fixed.

2. My D180 encoder was set to a default output resolution of 100 feet which was causing a BARODELT fail. The ADS-B required an altitude resolution of 10 feet.

Hope this helps.

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Old 05-30-2019, 07:05 AM
bobg56 bobg56 is offline
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Location: Peachtree City, GA
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I've heard of some Skybeacon issues in an Aviation Consumer article recently, I installed the Garmin GDL-82 in my RV12, although the install takes longer it worked perfectly and I did get the $500 rebate from the FAA after a successful flight test with no issues. However the article does state that your location, if "far away from good radar and ADS-B coverage" there's a good chance of failing the flt. test...this was in the recent June 2019 edition.
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