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Old 05-18-2020, 07:36 PM
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Has anybody installed the Tail BeaconX transponder? If so, PIREP please.
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Old 05-19-2020, 02:42 PM
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I have! Works great!

Required running two additional wires to the tail to provide a data path back to the head unit in the panel.

That's right, you need a head unit in the panel to talk to it. Either an AV-20, AV-30, or you can wire it into a modern EFIS that can control a remote Transponder.

The only downside I see is that the two antenna "arms" are just PCB material, and they are sticking out about a foot above my tailwheel. That means they are very close to my tow bar when i'm moving the plane around, so I need to be careful not to smack one of them and break it off. If that happens, it's not replaceable. You'll need an entire new unit.
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Old 05-19-2020, 04:28 PM
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I have! Works great!

Required running two additional wires to the tail to provide a data path back to the head unit in the panel.

That's right, you need a head unit in the panel to talk to it. Either an AV-20, AV-30, or you can wire it into a modern EFIS that can control a remote Transponder.

The only downside I see is that the two antenna "arms" are just PCB material, and they are sticking out about a foot above my tailwheel. That means they are very close to my tow bar when i'm moving the plane around, so I need to be careful not to smack one of them and break it off. If that happens, it's not replaceable. You'll need an entire new unit.
Cool. The two antenna "arms" won't be an issue for nose gear airplanes. What are you using as a control head?

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Old 05-19-2020, 07:20 PM
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Iím using the AV-30....works great.

https://uavionix.com/products/av-30/


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Old 05-20-2020, 08:49 AM
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Cool. The two antenna "arms" won't be an issue for nose gear airplanes. What are you using as a control head?
I received an AV-10 with the unit when I was beta testing. They just sent me the "final" version with a new AV-10, but I was told previously that the AV-10 was only for the test phase and they don't plan to make it a product.

I'd like to get an AV-30, but I may just wait until I re-do the panel and wire it directly to an EFIS instead.
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Old 05-20-2020, 12:32 PM
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Is a control head required???
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Old 05-20-2020, 01:40 PM
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Is a control head required???
Yes, unles you have a compatible EFIS. Remember this is a full feature transponder that you have to change squawk codes on, not just an ADS-B out unit.

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Old 05-21-2020, 08:11 AM
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Is a control head required???
Yes. You need a way to set your transponder code, as this is a 1090ES unit. So that means either a head unit from uAvionix, or a compatible EFIS that can control the transponder side for you.
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