When an emergency happens, rely on the same brand that leading aircraft manufacturers trust for first-class quality, superior technology, and outstanding customer service.
The ARTEX ELT 345 is built to the industry’s most stringent quality management standards to ensure the ELT works the first time, every time. The ARTEX ELT 345 transmits on 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz frequencies while providing position accuracy thanks to the built-in GPS navigational interface. GPS data is embedded within the first emergency transmission and provides Search and Rescue personnel with the aircraft location, within 100 meters, in less than a minute.
The ELT 345 boasts an industry low price for an ELT, providing the same quality and performance on which the ARTEX brand was built.
FAA TSO C126b approved.
|406.040 MHz (+/- 1kHz) - Emission Designator 16K0G1D / 121.5 MHz (+/- 6.075 kHz) - Emission Designator 3K20A3X|
|406 MHz: 5 W for 24 hours @ -20°C to +55°C, 121.5 MHz: 50 mW for 50 hours @ -20°C to +55°C|
|Built-in GPS Navigational Interface (NMEA 0183 or RS 232)|
|Automatic via G-Switch by 4.5 ft/sec (2.3 G) or Manual Activation|
|6 year Lithium (LiMnO2), Replacement Battery Part No. 8322|
Temperature Certified to:
|Operating: -20°C to +55°C, Storage: -55°C to +85°C|
Self Test Checks:
|G-Switch Enabled, 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz Power, NAV system, Low Battery|
Weight (with tray):
|2.0 lbs (907.19 g)|
|ELT Transmitter with mounting hardware installed: 6.40 (L) x 2.96 (H) x 3.78” (W) inches (16.26 x 7.52 x 9.60 cm)|
|Cospas-Sarsat, FAA TSO|
|Black Whip Antenna (P/N: 8324)|
Mounting Tray and Strap:
|P/N: 8323 (Universal mounting hole pattern fits 90% of existing ELT hole configurations)|
Slick website, a market leader in beacons, but not a company for home builders and the do it yourself crowd. If you need customer support after you buy this, well, good luck. Emails wonâ€™t be returned, you must call. Be prepared to be placed on hold, and if you are able to leave a message, donâ€™t expect a return call. My questions for technical support were deflected to their default-return the device-which they did, but the ELT itself was not the problem. I knew that that, but alas, was unable to communicate that to them. I just struggled through and eventually figured it out without them. My impression is that is what they want you to do. Actually what Artex should do is sell only to avionics shops.
This is a replacement unit so I am in the process of installation. My impressions to date are that this is a solid product but there are a couple of things to be aware of: 1: the panel switch is significantly larger that my previous unit which means a panel modification not plug a play. 2: the unit comes with no wiring diagrams in the box you have to go to the web site an surf thru a 50 page document for the wiring diagram. 3: the antenna is atrocious there is no way I would put that on the exterior of my aircraft. Fortunately for me there is space under my Plex canopy that it will fit. 4: you need to be proficient in soldering din connectors.
This unit failed without warning while parked in my hanger. I was working on another aircraft when the ELT started going off. I could hear it from the small remote speaker. It was not possible to turn the signal off without removing the battery. It was not possible to remove the battery without removing the unit from the airplane. This required me to remove the antenna while it was transmitting. This is never good for anything that transmits over an antenna. It happened late at night so their tech support wasnt available to help and the manual was not helpful either. On the positive side Artex replaced the unit with no questions asked, but no explanation given either. During the RMA return, I had to wrestle with the issue of whether to send back the lithium battery so it had to go back ground and after declaring it, the post office gouged me more than a few bucks because it was labeled hazmat. The new unit went in like the old unit. Ive flown 20 hours in my experimental varieze in the ARMED position with it and no problems to report so far. Issues aside, I am willing to purchase another one because of the low price-point, but I remain concerned about the long term operational reliability of the unit. An OFF switch that turns it off would be useful, the regulations restricting the addition of an off switch are wrong and should be changed (only has ARM, ON and TEST positions)
This is a nice ELT at a good price with good features that I needed. The problem I have with the ELT is that it comes with a whip antenna that is practically impossible to mount on an RV8 due to the sliding canopy. There should be another option for an antenna other then the whip antenna such as a rubber ducky that could fit better but still transmit an emergency signal well.
I looked at the ACK-04, but decided against it because they use 3 different batteries that have to be replaced on a schedule (Main battery, battery for the tones, and another for the switch in the panel). For slightly more, this one has just one battery replaced every six years and is easy to install. The antenna is a draw back. It stands straight up and has fairly thick base. I wish they had swept it back like ACK did with theirs.
This unit is well priced and the a/p shop I use has had good experience with them. However, they failed to warn me how poor the antenna will look. Looks more at home on an school bus or motor-home than an aircraft. ARTEX makes an aircraft worthy antenna for their next higher cost models. They recommend getting the ARTEX 1000 model that comes with the antenna that looks like it was made for an aircraft. The aircraft-like antenna is sold separately however, ARTEX support advised a DER would be needed to use it on the 345. That cost may override the cost of the 1000. So it is a send back and do what ARTEX likely hopes you would do - buy the higher cost unit.
Upon installation and testing the unit would turn on immediately upon plugging into the remote ELT switch. And once on would not turn off without opening and disconnecting the battery. Furthermore the IA bench checked the â€˜G-shockâ€™ turn on feature at it failed the check. We decided to return the product as we did not have faith in its life saving ability (it IS an ELT) and had great difficulties with both supplier and vendor to return. Not a fan.
The Artex ELT 345 is a complete install kit. The only material not supplied is the two wires required between the ELT and the remote switch.
The ELT 345 requires connection to an external GPS source to receive GPS data.
No, the Artex 345 ELT uses a D-Sub connector and requires two wires from the ELT to the remote switch.
Yes, the GPS input only allows for more precise location information.
The whip antenna included with this 345 ELT antenna is rated for aircraft up to 250 Knots.
Yes, the USA models are programmed according to cospas-sarsat information. You are responsible to register the ELT with your tail number and contact information. Directions for registration are included.
Yes, the ELT 345 will require all new parts to be installed.
We have created the part number for the replacement battery for the ELT 345, it is 11-14134. See the 'Accessories' tab on the web page for current pricing and to add to your cart.
The Artex ELT 345 has a 6 year lithium battery.
A single shielded wire provides GPS data from a panel mount GPS source. For portable, please contact sales for a special order quote.