Uavionix Tailbeacon....not for M4

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Tailbeacon in MXT-7

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Does anyone have any experience installing the tailbeacon
in a MXT-7? My mechanic is saying that it won’t fit in the existing hole
because it’s not deep enough? I’m hoping someone has done an install and knows what’s going on.
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Not a Maule but the same idea. Start with page 3 #97 and read through.
https://www.supercub.org/forum/showthre ... sues/page3

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Not a Maule but the same idea. Start with page 3 #97 and read through.
https://www.supercub.org/forum/showthre ... sues/page3

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This seems to be a reoccurring theme. I think most get worried about the beacon touching the fabric. You have to push it in and turn, once it’s turned it will barely touch the fabric of at all. Just make sure the fabric is nice and warm when you install the beacon.

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Re: Tailbeacon in MXT-7

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DavZeeMXT wrote:Does anyone have any experience installing the tailbeacon
in a MXT-7? My mechanic is saying that it won’t fit in the existing hole
because it’s not deep enough? I’m hoping someone has done an install and knows what’s going on.
I put mine into an MX-7. It fit in the hole fine, but it goes it an a 45 degree angle and then rotates to line up and lock into position. On that rotation is when it hits the fabric inside and you'll see some paint cracking. Like Mog said, you'll be better served if you get it nice and warm before installation (something I didn't do) but once it's in the vertical position it fits just fine.

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Re: Uavionix Tailbeacon....not for M4

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Just to refresh this thread. Does the tail beacon fit into and M-5 rudder? I see a new tail beacon X is coming out, wonder if that will fit too.
Looking at ADS-b out options at next annual.
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Re: Uavionix Tailbeacon....not for M4

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If you install a TailBeacon, I recommend that you install a ground strap between the airframe tube and the rudder tube. Using the rudder hinges to provide a ground may cause the TailBeacon to reboot in flight or stop operating entirely if there is dirt, grease or poor contact surface alignment. The TailBeacon installation manual alludes to the importance of a good ground on page 29:

3.tailBeacon may be grounded to the aircraft structure via the mounting screws. However, it is recommended to connect the black wire to the battery ground.

It's easier to install a ground strap between the airframe tube and the rudder tube than to fish the black ground wire from the TailBeacon through the tubing inside the fabric. The skyBeacon doesn't have this problem.
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We have fit one in at least 1 M5. It will pooch out the fabric a bit on almost any model including the M5. But it does not hurt the fabric in anyway.

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Ok good to know, thanks guys.

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Re: Uavionix Tailbeacon....not for M4

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I contacted uavionix about the certification for the TailbeaconX. The person I spoke to said that it wouldn’t be soon but sometime in 2021. When asked about the SkybeaconX she said that it would follow after TailbeaconX because it’s technically similar. I’m wanting it because it’s also a transponder that interfaces with the AV-30.
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