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uAvionix, Garmin settle lawsuit

uAvionix to continue ADS-B product sales, support

Garmin International and uAvionix announced a patent lawsuit settlement October 17 that allows uAvionix to continue selling and supporting its ADS-B product line.

A&P/IA Carlo Cilliers installs a uAvionix skyBeacon wingtip UAT on a Cessna 170B. Photo by Mike Collins.

Details of the settlement remained confidential.

Garmin sued the Montana firm in June 2018 alleging that various uAvionix ADS-B products infringed on Garmin patents, an allegation uAvionix disputed. While uAvionix continued selling and supporting all of its products during the litigation, the long-term implications for owners of the low-cost ADS-B Out solutions including skyBeacon, tailBeacon, and echoUAT remained unclear until the firms announced a settlement October 17. A brief statement posted online by uAvionix and attributed to both firms noted that “uAvionix will be able to continue offering and supporting these products on the market.”

The uAvionix ADS-B product line is pitched on price as well as performance, with ADS-B Out units retailing for less than $2,000 and simple installation options (such as replacing existing position lights) that further reduce the total cost of the upgrade, as AOPA confirmed after some hands-on testing.

The settlement with Garmin was announced about a week after uAvionix reported the acquisition of cockpit display maker AeroVonics. The company's primary and multifunction displays will be integrated into the uAvionix product line.

Jim Moore

Jim Moore

Managing Editor-Digital Media
Digital Media Managing Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot, as well as a certificated remote pilot, who enjoys competition aerobatics and flying drones.
Topics: Aircraft Modifications, ADS-B

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