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E.L.T. 406 WITH GPS USA

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Emerging Lifesaving Technologies 406 ELT with internal GPS.

Emerging Lifesaving Technologies has presented the first ELT with internal GPS approved for General Aviation. Along with the 406MHz emergency signal, Copas/ Sarsat satellites will read your specific GPS location during a crash. The GPS automatically updates every 15 seconds and upon activation bursts a 5 watt signal within 25 meters every 50 seconds to the Global Satellite System. Search and Rescue will be notified of your location within minutes.

The ELT406GPS mounts with most standard ELT configurations from previous manufacturers. GPS data comes from the internal module in the ELT- 406GPS. There is no need to install expensive interface modules and retrieve GPS information from existing systems. The antenna houses both 406 MHz and GPS passive antenna in a sleek blade configuration. A replaceable 5 year battery pack is easily installed by the owner/operator.

With American Ingenuity and American Engineering, Emerging Lifesaving Technologies is committed to keeping all of their products “Made in the U.S.A”.
***NOT available in Canada yet, awaiting final approval***

Specifications

  • Output Power: 5W (440ms/50sec) for 72 hours @ -20C to +50C.
  • GPS Cycle Time: Every 15 seconds.
  • Battery: 5-Year Lithium (LiMn02).
  • Weight: ELT Transmitter - 2.5 lbs Mounting Tray - 0.3 lbs.
  • Total Weight: 2.8 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 7.715” L x 3.660” H x 4.200”

In The Box

  • 406 ELT (Battery Included)
  • Mouting Tray
  • Antenna 406/GPS
  • Remote Switch
  • 6 Feet of GPS coax cable BNC
  • 6 Feet of 406 coax cable SMA
  • ELT and antenna install kit

Reviews

Could they make the antenna any bigger? I was not expecting to make new structural accommodation for the antenna. Also the cover appears to be ABS plastic, no good in hot / dry environments. With the GPS shadowing issue and needing to be 30 from other antennas, the ELT location needed to be moved for the 6 antenna cable limitation. Extra work. Also it requires 8 conductor wire for the run from the ELT to the remote switch. Existing wires needed to be replaced. Also a 1/2 amp CB needed to be added for the GPS. Finally the 7 & 15 female sub-D connectors supplied are solder types. The crimp type or at least the option for them would be much preferred. Extra parts needed were: 1/2 amp CB 8 conductor 22 gauge wire aluminum for shelf and antenna dubber rivets for the above additional used parts 7 & 15 sub-d female connector, crimp style PS-890 sealant Product over all appears to be good and is a great concept. Improvements could be made in the antenna design / arrangement and materials. Possibly making an option for separating the elt and gps antenna. Having a complete list of additional needed parts for install would allow for more accurate pricing and minimizing second orders to complete an install. setting up for a 1 amp C/B would reduce cost. Using crimped sub-d connectors would reduce installation errors. Separating GPS and ELT antennas would facilitate keeping the ELT antenna in its existing location and only having to install a GPS antenna in a new location

P.s. A
November 2, 2018

I had this unit shipped directly to my avionics shop. Upon their Receipt and Inspection, they noted that something sounded loose in the multi-function antenna. I contacted the manufacturer and explained the issue and they were very apologetic and responsive. They over-nighted another antenna to my shop, along with a prepaid return label for the original antenna. Outstanding product support and my avionics shop is also very impressed with the design and construction of this product.

Brent W
August 31, 2018

This unit with built in GPS was easy to install. It requires no connection to your avionics system GPS and that makes it very easy to install. This unit sends exact information to the rescuers no guess work with civil air patrol flying around trying to see you. This unit built tough and easy to maintain. My mechanic and I installed it in the 172 in two hours, this included the time to remove the old ELT.

Jeff
August 3, 2013

Q&A

Q: Does this ELT require an aircraft power source?

Per the supplier: No, an aircraft power source is not necessary.

Q: What type of wire is recommended for the remote switch assembly installation.

The manufacture recommends an eight conductor wire like our part number 11-09782.

Q: What are the requirements for testing the ELT in the US? Can it be accomplished by an A&P without special tools?

The FAA still requires transponder and ELT checks every 2 years. The E.L.T. 406 with GPS does have a quick self test feature making it easy to check without specialized tools.

Q: Is this certified by the FAA or any regulatory body?

All ELT's must have a TSO Approval. So, yes the E.L.T. is certified by the FAA.

Q: Post Crash, Can this unit be detached from aircraft and used with a portable antenna? Is the USA Unit still acceptable when I fly my US registered experimental certified aircraft in Canada or Mexico?

Per the manual, this unit does not list a compatible portable antenna. This ELT supports an aircraft mounted antenna.

Q: Is the E.L.T. 406 with GPS a multiple frequency ELT, i.e., does it transmit on 121.5/243.0, in addition to 406?

The E.L.T. GPS is not equipped with a 121.5/243 MHz transmitter. This broadcast on the 406.037 MHz frequency.

Q: Is the supplied Blade antenna required? Can a 406MHz whip antenna and separate GPS antenna be used instead of the supplied Blade antenna?

Part of the TSO for this ELT requires that the included antenna must be installed. Although a different antenna would work, it is not recommended.

Q: on your pn 11-08053 there is a question about what antenna to use. You MUST use the antenna supplied. It has the ELT and the GPS antennas in 1 unit. OBTW, this is the go to ELT I install if one wants GPS capable ELT. Very simple install.

Thank you for the information about this ELT. We will post your question for other customers reference.

Q: Where on the aircraft should the Blade Antenna be installed?

The best location is the upper aft portion of the fuselage. In order to achieve maximum visibility of satellites, the 406 antenna must be mounted on the top of the aircraft. It should be mounted vertically and not be covered by other structures. Close proximity to the dorsal fin is acceptable. RTCA/DO-204, Section 3.1.10 and RTCA/DO-183 Section 3.1.10 give the following guidelines: Locate the antenna at least 30 inches (75 cm) away from other antennas, wires, vertical stabilizer, etc. to minimize distortion of the radiated field and interference with other equipment. The antenna must be installed VERTICALLY (within 115: of the vertical plane is acceptable).

Q: Does the international version of the ELT 406 with GPS cover the US-North America?

No, the international is programmed to whichever country you request it to be programmed to. ELT's must be programmed to a specific country and that country's programming method. An ELT registered for Canada cannot be used for the us, as the protocols are different.