406-MHz ELTs on Display
New 406-MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELT) from Emergency Beacon Corp. are at the New Rochelle, N.Y. company’s booth (No. 4074). Anticipating the February 2009 switch of search-and-rescue signal processing from 121.5 MHz to 406 MHz, Emergency Beacon is offering ELTs for both cabin/cockpit and aircraft tail installation. The new transmitters measure 6.7 by 2.9 by 2.5 inches and weigh 2.5 pounds, including lithium manganese dioxide batteries. After the switchover, the search-and-rescue system will be alerted and activated only by signals on 406 MHz, while the 121.5-MHz signal will be used only for homing. The TSO-C126-approved ELTs from Emergency Beacon will transmit a digital signal on 406.028 MHz and a homing signal on 121.5.