What is the difference between the USA and international version?
If you have a USA registered aircraft you will need a USA version (programmed for the USA). If you have an aircraft registered outside the USA you will need the international version in which we will need to know the country of registration so we can specifically program. You can fly any where in the world the key is programming to the country of aircraft registration.
What is the difference between complete (new install) and retrofit kit?
If you have an ACK E-01 that you are replacing you can save some money and buy the retrofit kit as you already have parts installed that the E-04 will use. If you do not have an E-01 then you will need to buy the complete kit which will be a new installation.
Does the ACK E-04 ELT transmit your GPS coordinates as well as 406?
By it self, no you will have to connect the E-04 to an external GPS to gain this feature. Refer to the manual for how to connect.
How does an AP/AI test the unit at the annual condition inspection for proper function? Are there any special tools/equipment needed to test?
All of this is stated in the E-04 manual but a unit self test and checking lines for any corrosion is about all you need to do. No tools are needed and cost will only be the time to do the self test and check the lines.
I'm interested in the ACK E-04 to replace a Narco 901 ELT, so I need the full installation kit. What else do I need in terms of panel indicators, etc. that are not in the package. Are there other required parts/special wire to connect to my Garmin panel GPS (530W)?
The E-04 is complete 11-06395 (For USA registered aircraft) for a new installation. For GPS connection you will need to refer to section 6 of the manual (on the Document Tab) which tells you what wire you will need based on your installation.
On page 6, immediately above Figure 9, there is the statement ...to connect the ELT RS 232 data and power to the aircraft systems. Is the ELT to be connected to Aircraft Power? I thought their power was independent from the aircraft.
In most cases yes the ELT is independent of aircraft power unless the manual state so and in this case is require if you add GPS information to the ELT.
Does this ELT meet the requirements for the 406 required for Bahamas travel? With a new installation kit, is it approved for installation in the PA28-180?
The Ack 406/121.5 MHz E-04 ELT will meet the future Bahamas 406 Mhz Requirement and is approved for installation in a PA28-180.
What is the battery replacement item for the ACK 406 E-04 ELT?
The replacement battery for the ACK 406 E-04 is part# 11-10012.
What is included for a new installation?
The ACK 406/121.5 MHZ E-04 ELT comes with the ELT, Antenna, Remote Switch, Alert Buzzer and wiring.
Is a whip antenna available for the AKC-406/121?
Yes, the Whip antenna for the ACK 406/121.5 MHZ ELT is P/N 11-10465.
Does the new install version of the ACK 406/121.5 E-04 ELT include a mounting tray?
The new install version of the ACK 406/121.5 E-04 ELT includes a mounting tray.
Is this ELT approved for installation in a 1952 Cessna 170B?
All ELT's are TSO'd but do not have an STC for any specific aircraft so a 337 form must be filled out.
Does the new install kit for the ACK 406/121.5 MHZ E-04 ELT include the cables to connect the remote control panel indicator and the audio alert?
This wire is not included. Instructions on wiring are documented in the instruction manual.