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Uavionix Tailbeacon installed on CTSW

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Well, I completed my install today.  It's been a long process in the works.  To make a long story short, I 3D printed an extension piece that the Tailbeacon fits into.  All the holes are printed and match perfectly.  It really was a 15 min install!  The long process was starting from scratch, buying and learning 3D printing, and then designing and printing multiple prototypes.  Well worth the journey.  

I've included some pics and will keep everyone posted if there are any issues.  I bought the Tailbeacon for $1650 and it's a really easy self install both physically (with the extension) and programming (from my iphone in 1 min), so it's probably one of the easiest and cheapest options for ADSB-out.  The CG change is negligible (0.17 lb difference on a 168.3 moment arm for a +28.6 moment).  

Hope everyone is doing well and I will keep you posted if there are any issues.

Best, TargheeDon

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Nice job!

Please let us know your PAPR test results.

If it tests good, you will probably have some prospective customers for your 3D mount, or at least the file.😎

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Nice piece but a question:  why did you make the "neck" of the piece so long?  It seems like it could be half as long or less and still do the job.

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I might have been able to shave a mm or two, but not much more.  Please see pic below.  The hole in the CTSW behind the stock taillight is tiny, barely big enough to fit one of the wire connectors through.  The neck length of the adapter is to house the unseen tail portion of the Tailbeacon and then a little bit of room to run the wires.  I wanted to design a piece that was essentially plug and play.  The issues I wanted to fix:  1.  the holes don't line up for the mounting bracket  2.  the hole in the CTSW isn't big enough for the Tailbeacon, so you would have to cut a hole in the composite.  

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TargheeDon

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I will be flying 8+ hours of cross country through adsb airspace this week, so I will give a full report at the end of the week.  Best, TargheeDon

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Well, the results are in for the Uavionix Tailbeacon with the 3D printed extension and they are very positive.  I have included my last flight PAPR report.  It was a 4 hour 11 min flight and there were no anomolies during the entire flight and the unit met all requirements.  I also had positive confirmation from other aircraft that my ADSB track was showing up on their system with my call sign.  My plan is to submit an MRA form to Flight Design soonest to have the extension approved; then it will be available as a certified and extremely cost effective ADSB out solution for all.  I hope everyone is doing well and I will keep you posted on the paperwork drill. 

Best,

TargheeDon

PAPR_20190531_ADD0B2_402175148.pdf

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18 hours ago, TargheeDon said:

Well, the results are in for the Uavionix Tailbeacon with the 3D printed extension and they are very positive.  I have included my last flight PAPR report.  It was a 4 hour 11 min flight and there were no anomolies during the entire flight and the unit met all requirements.  I also had positive confirmation from other aircraft that my ADSB track was showing up on their system with my call sign.  My plan is to submit an MRA form to Flight Design soonest to have the extension approved; then it will be available as a certified and extremely cost effective ADSB out solution for all.  I hope everyone is doing well and I will keep you posted on the paperwork drill. 

Best,

TargheeDon

PAPR_20190531_ADD0B2_402175148.pdf 198.92 kB · 9 downloads

Great news!  Thank you!

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