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Cost to install tail beacon

Post by 8244 » Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:54 am

what would the approximate cost be to install, test and log the installation on a 120 . The avionics shop will ground test everything , no test flight . It is a tail beacon just wondering what to expect Thanks Labor only I already paid for the part

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Re: Cost to install tail beacon

Post by 2066 » Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:16 pm

While there may not yet be enough installations to establish a dependable "average" cost, uAvionix has sponsored specials at both SNF & AirVenture where IA's charged a flat $100 (for SKYbeacon) as I recall, including programming & paperwork. A local tech near me (who normally charges $65 per hour) has charged just that ($65) on a couple of straightforward installs that only involved basic remove nav light/install TAILbeacon & paperwork. I've read somewhere recently that another shop was quoting "5 hours" for installation and paperwork, but I'd think that's higher than the highest. That probably helps you little, if any...but if it's just 3 screws out, wire hook-up, and 3 screws in it's hard to imagine it being a "major" cost, even with adding time for log entry & "simple" 337. ...best case may be having your IA supervise your own installation (?). As far as avionics shop involvement, you can expect the normal cost for the biennial TXP re-cert & hope that nothing needs tweaking to increase that cost. Mac

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Re: Cost to install tail beacon

Post by V529 » Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:17 am

For SkyBeacons and then the tail beacon paperwork takes longer than the install. Unless..........you have a situation like recently encountered here (see Tech forum) where the Sky or Tail Beacon doesn't install readily with a simple replacement of the nav light with the "beacon". In which case all bets are off. 5% of the installs have run into mounting problems due to variations of wing tip mounting or rudder bracketry.


If your shop is 1-2 people, the costs will be lower due to less paperwork. For a shop like ours which is a 145 repair station then steps are added which take time.
1. open work order
2. catalog in work (airplane, owner, N number etc)
3. Bring aircraft into hangar. (not always)
4. Install (usually the smallest portion of the job)
5. Test unit
6. Paperwork.
A. 337
B. Log entry
C. work order
D. Invoice.
E. Notify customer

For us, figure two hours labor. (at your going rate)

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Re: Cost to install tail beacon

Post by 8244 » Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:42 am

Thanks guys I got bill yesterday with everything $535 I think that’s fair for what was done . Install log and test with transponder cert at my hanger. Thanks again

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Re: Cost to install tail beacon

Post by 2066 » Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:58 am

Thanks for the update, Rick -- good that you could have it all done right at your hangar. ...sure seems to be great service and reasonable price.
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Re: Cost to install tail beacon

Post by 8482 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:12 am

Just received my tail beacon. It appears easy enough to install, configure, test, and then do the paperwork.

Any pitfalls I should be aware of?

What numbers did you use for:

Lateral from roll axis?

Longitudinal aft from nose?

Thanks,

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Re: Cost to install tail beacon

Post by 8244 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:50 pm

I looked at my paperwork it doesn’t list the information you are looking for. Sorry I cannot help

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Re: Cost to install tail beacon

Post by 6478 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:53 am

The measurements are in meters, because it's the FAA and why wouldn't they do that. Lateral from roll axis is zero, because it's mounted on the centerline. For aft from the nose I used 6 meters (about 19 1/2 ft). Actual is about 21 ft, but you have to use 1 meter increments.
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Re: Cost to install tail beacon

Post by 8244 » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:57 am

Thanks for explanation lateral is 0 longitudinal is 8 on my paperwork

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