ADS-B designer and manufacturer uAvionix has launched a Qualified Installers (QI) program for its skyBeacon and tailBeacon ADS-B Out products. The program, which is aiming to expand the company’s mobile installation network, is open to A&P IAs and includes training videos and uAvionix TSO and STC manuals. The company says that completion of a 30- to 60-minute online training course is mandatory to join the QI program.
“We created the Qualified Installer program in response to the intense demand from avionics shops and independent A&Ps who want to represent our product,” said uAvionix President Christian Ramsey. “They recognized the potential for supplemental capacity and income; products like skyBeacon and tailBeacon represent in the current backlogged environment leading up to the 2020 deadline.”
uAvionix also announced that it is actively recruiting repair shops and individual A&P IAs for the program. The company lists average installation time for either skyBeacon or tailBeacon units as about one hour. For certified applications, installation requires a signoff by an IA. As previously reported on AVweb, skyBeacon was certified last September and is designed to replace an aircraft’s wingtip navigation or nav/strobe lights. uAvionix says it is expecting its tailBeacon aft aircraft position light ADS-B replacement to be similarly certified by the end of the first quarter of 2019.