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Old 11-08-2018, 12:10 PM
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I just did the Uavionics tailbeacon on my -9 from Adventure Pilot. Took me about 5 minutes to install. They are currently offering a $150.00 rebate on these units ($1500.00). Gives the anonymous option when squawking 1200.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:23 PM
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Does your news plane (congratulations, BTW) have an engine driven electrical system?
If not, you don't need to add anything, if you stay clear of the Bravo.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:32 PM
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From your location looks like the mode C will be a requirement to fly the plane "home" unless you are on the outside of the surrounding mode C circle of ATL.

It would be about a toss up in cost if you elected to go Mode C for now and then add a ADSB unit with position GPS by 2020, if you went with say a Garmin 327 now and UAT add on later.

Being this close to 2020 and not presently having a Transponder, I would probably go ahead and elect for a ES transponder and position source and only have to install it one time. The cost will be a bit more for the ES equipment but you would not have all the "add ons" and hassle of multiple installations. Very little "used" ES equipment on the market but a ton of Mode C transponders that could be pared to a UAT to get you ADSB compliant. Especially experimental
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:07 PM
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You should know that you can call ATC and ask for an exception to the mode C requirement for any given flight. That is an option to get you home with the new bird.

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Old 11-08-2018, 02:15 PM
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On the subject of economical ("cheap" probably isn't a good picture to paint) Xpnder and ADS-B solutions, I bought a Garmin GTX327 (with 8710) on ebay and went with the uAvionix Echo. I also happened to go with the GRT SafeFly 2020 WAAS GPS but I'm sure the uAvionix stuff is just as good. My total came to about $2000 dollars and I really have no complaints. Being able to use Foreflight on my iPad and have the ADS-B targets with METARS and Radar is really handy too.

TL/DR, Garmin GTX327 + uAvionics Echo gets my vote.
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:22 PM
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Here are some estimates:
1. Buy a good used 327 mode C transponder. $400. Antenna $100. UAvionics UAT with gps for $1500 (or substitute GRT gps, same price). Total $2K.
2. Buy a Trig TT22 mode SES. $2K. Antenna $100. GRT position source $500. Total $2.6K
Either case budget another $200 for initial and subsequent (biennial) transponder checks. In option #1 you will also need an altitude encoder.
Option 1 gets use ADSB-in as well (not mandatory) but being able to display the information will involve more money.

It’s tough spending 15% of the hull value for this, but aviation isn’t cheap.

Last edited by BobTurner : 11-08-2018 at 05:05 PM. Reason: Fix - see Mel’s post below. I forgot this since I use my GRT HX as the control head.
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:58 PM
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Here are some estimates:
1. Buy a good used 327 mode C transponder. $400. Antenna $100. UAvionics UAT with gps for $1500 (or substitute GRT gps, same price). Total $2K.
2. Buy a Trig TT22 mode SES. $2K. Antenna $100. GRT position source $500. Total $2.6K
Either case budget another $200 for initial and subsequent (biennial) transponder checks. In either case you will need an altitude encoder.
Option 1 gets use ADSB-in as well (not mandatory) but being able to display the information will involve more money.
Itís tough spending 15% of the hull value for this, but aviation isnít cheap.
The Trig control head has the altitude encoder built in.
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:29 PM
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If cost is a major concern, you might consider:

1) ebay transponder/encoder/antenna for around $250-300 total

2) Garmin GDL82 for name-brand ABS-B with WAAS antenna, anonymity, etc. for $1795
(This unit should also qualify for the FAA $500 rebate)
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...ps11-15319.php

3) My last transponder check was $126
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