Aircraft owners in the U.S. are bristling after the Federal Communications Commission announced plans last week to impose a total ban on the “certification, manufacture, importation, sale or continued use of 121.5-MHz ELTs.” If adopted, the FCC rule could take effect as early as August.
At 10 p.m. on April 20, seven minutes after the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig exploded, the search-and-rescue alarm went off at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Training Center in Mobile, Ala. Pilot Lt. Andy Greenwood and his crew headed for their HC-144 Ocean Sentry, a CASA CN-235 twin turboprop, for the 115-mile flight. “We were at 4,000 feet when we hit the Gulf, and we could already see the fire,” Greenwood said.
The FAA has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) to Sierra Industries for the installation of the Artex C406 (406 MHz) emergency locator transmitter on the Cessna Citation 500, 501, 550, 551, S550 and 560. The STC provides a solution
for operators to update their emergency transmitters to current standards.
Sierra Industries received an STC for an Artex C406 (406 MHz) emergency locator transmitter (ELT) for installation on the Cessna Citation 500, 501, 550, 551, S550 and 560. According to a company spokesman, it provides a “cost-effective solution” for operators to update to current standards. In early 2009 U.S.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew that performed a challenging rescue of an injured fisherman in the Bering Sea will be honored tonight with HAI’s Eurocopter Golden Hour Award. The award was created in 1982 to recognize the efforts of air medical service helicopter pilots who, through a particular rescue or through contributions over time to the air medical industry, advance the use of helicopters in this mission.
Becker Avionics is at Heli-Expo 2010 featuring its newly introduced personal locator beacon (PLB) offering multiple VHF/UHF emergency band operation. The MR510 enables two- way VHF or UHF communication and can operate on the civil emergency frequency, 121.5 MHz, as well as military guard (243.0) and the new 406 MHz search-and-rescue channel. It also includes in a compact, self-contained package, a 12-channel GPS.
The Sikorsky Humanitarian Service Award is presented annually to the person or crew that best demonstrates the value of rotorcraft to society by saving lives, protecting property and aiding those in distress, either through a specific mission or over a period of time. The 2010 recipient of the award is the crew of U.S. Coast Guard CGNR 6033, based at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla.
The 27-minute search for the life-rafts occupied by the survivors of a Bond-operated Eurocopter EC 225 helicopter that ditched into the North Sea on February 18, less than 1,500 feet from an offshore oil platform, prompted the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) to recommend improved training in the use of personal locator beacons (PLBs) and emergency locator transmitters (ELTs).
Despite proposing mandatory equipage with emergency locator transmitters that broadcast on 406 MHz by Feb. 9, 2009, Transport Canada now says it is delaying the move to give its rulemaking technical committee more time to explore alternative means of compliance. The Aircraft Electronics Association said it will have a representative on the committee, who will help ensure that system installation and maintenance issues are properly addressed.
In an effort to cut down on the more than 2,000 false distress signals it receives each year from emergency locator transmitters (ELT) and emergency position indicating radio beacons, the Civil Air Patrol has launched its “Don’t Trash the Beacon” public awareness campaign. “The false-alarm rate is between 90- and 95-percent now,” said John Demarais, CAP’s deputy director for operations.