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ELT update: Dec 2012

By Kevin Psutka

It has been one year since my last update, in which I reported that there was no change in the status of the regulation amendment and that current regulation remains in place.

This remains the status. All aircraft operating in Canadian airspace must carry a serviceable Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) that broadcasts on either 121.5 MHz (TSO 91 or 91a) or 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz (TSO 126).

I pointed out that if you elect to equip with a 406 MHZ ELT and/or carry a 406 PLB, you must ensure that it is registered with the beacon registry

I also highlighted that there is no longer monitoring of 121.5 MHz by satellite and that you should either equip with a newer 406 MHz ELT or carry some other device in addition to your older ELT, and that even if you equip with a 406 ELT you should carry another device because of the deficiencies in all ELTs, including the newer ones.

As of now, the revised regulation remains in limbo and, according to the Director General Civil Aviation, is not likely to move forward anytime soon. more

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