Artex PLB

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The ARTEX PLB features an industry-leading small size and lightweight design—easily fitting into a pocket or life vest without impeding activity and taking up minimal space—ensuring it is readily accessible in an emergency. Effortlessly operated with one hand even under the most challenging conditions, the ARTEX PLB is activated by extending the antenna and flipping up the spring-loaded protective cover, designed to prevent unintentional activation, and then pressing the ON button.

The ARTEX PLB works with the only officially recognized worldwide dedicated search and rescue satellite network (operated by Cospas Sarsat). Once activated, the PLB communicates the location of the individual to search and rescue services via the designated 406 MHz Cospas-Sarsat satellite system. The device also incorporates a 121.5 MHz homing beacon, plus a high-intensity (1 candela) strobe light.

The ARTEX PLB (8110) features a unique mounting clip, flotation pouch, and lanyard.
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  • Small & lightweight—only 4.09 oz
  • Fast GPS acquisition
  • High intensity strobe
  • 406 MHz connection
  • 7-year battery life
  • 121.5 MHz locator signal


  • Dimensions: 2.1 x 1.3 x 3 in (51 x 32.5 x 77 mm)
  • Battery: Class 2 (non-hazmat) Lithium Batteries - Replacement every 7 years
  • Battery Operation Life: Exceeds required 24 hours @ -4°F (-20°C)
  • Storage Temperature: -30°C to 70°C (-22°F to 158°F)
  • Operating Temperature: -20°C to 55°C (-4°F to 131°F)
  • Color: Orange
  • Activation: Manual
  • Operation: 2 steps: deploy antenna and press ON button in clear view of the sky
  • Waterproof: 15m @ 20°C
  • Approvals: FCC, RED
  • Warranty: 7 years
  • Accessories: Flotation Pouch, Mounting Clip, Lanyard


Exactly as described: small, light weight, and comes with a snap plastic holder that can be attached to my Pitts S1S.

Steve W Verified Purchase


July 5, 2023


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Q: Can I purchase one of these Artex PLBs, to be registered outside the USA (in Brazil, in my case)?

Yes, this can be programmed to another country.

Q: Is there any special equipment requirements to program the Artex PLB for another country, like for Colombia?

No special equipment requirements to program for another country and yes, it will work in Colombia.

Q: Does this require additional cost (annual subscription)? Any other costs to use this item?

No, there is no annual subscription.

Q: Does this Artex PLB qualify for FAA VFR requirements?

No, this is a personal beacon not an ELT that would be installed in the aircraft.

Q: There are two purchase options, USA and International. Which do you purchase for Canada?

Purchase the international version for Canada.

Q: Is the Artex PLB battery replaceable by owner or manufacturer?

It can be replaced at a battery service center. It cannot be replaced by the owner.

Q: Can this unit provide gps data for my Artex 345 ELT?

No. This will not provide GPS to the ELT.

Q: Can a US registered Artex PLB use when cruising internationally?

Yes, you can.

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