The E-04 ELT is a direct replacement for the more than 62,000 model E-01 ELT's (by ACK) on the market today. The E-04 fits directly into the current E-01 mounting trays and uses the same remote control panel indicator. The E-04 external antenna will utilize your current antenna mounting and wiring installations.
Note: The installation manual for this item requires the installation of 2 very specific batteries for operation - Duracell part number PX28L or Eveready part number A55 (or equivalent) for installation into the switch assembly and Duracell part number CR2 or equivalent for installation into the audio alert indicator.
Retrofit Kit does not include remote
Warranty: All warranty issues must be handled directly with the manufacturer. These are non-returnable and non-refundable once installed. If any attempts have been made to install this unit it becomes a warranty issue and can only be resolved with the manufacturer directly. Please view the warranty tab for additional information on the manufacturer's warranty.
There is a $250 Recertification fee in addition to the 15% restock fee on all ACK products that have been opened.
Very pleased with the ACK E-04 kit. It was very straightforward to replace my ACK E-01 with the E-04, and I was delighted with both the instructions and ease of replacement work. Hatâ€™s off to Aircraft Spruce Canada and ACK.Ray Henault, COURTENAY, BC, Canada
Bought this to replace my dead Ameri-King ELT. Need to purchase two batteries, one for the remote and one for the audio alert. About $20 at Batteries Plus and if you go with the lithium variety they dont need to be replaced for 10 years. There are published instructions for retrofitting from the Ameri-King, and it allows you to use the existing remote cable, greatly simplifying the installation. You need to purchase a male-male cable adapter if you go that route, only a couple dollars and included in the box if you buy from Spruce. The only challenging part of the installation, at least in my case since its a fabric aircraft, was the antenna installation. Replaced the existing antenna no problems but ACK includes a static suppressor which is about an inch and a half long and installs between the antenna BNC connector and the cable. The added length coupled with the cable made it too long to fit in the trailing edge of the wing root where it was previously. Solved easily with a 90 degree BNC adapter but be aware. Wouldnt be an issue in fuselage installations. Total installation time was about 4 hours in my relatively simple aircraft which included the online registration with NOAA.
I purchased the ACK E-04 ELT. I went to ACKs web site ackavionics.com and was able to download the instructions to swap out the Ameri-King ELT and install the ACK ELT. I also spoke to Tech support on the phone 408-287-8021.
I replaced my battery draining Ameri-King AK-541 ELT with the ACK E-04 ELT and I am happy with the results. The ACK installation guide allowed me to use the existing remote wiring to connect the new ACK panel Remote and Audio Alert when I purchased P/N 11-14707, modular coupler for $4.95. The ACK Remote fit into the same panel hole for the AK-541 Remote, when the screw holes were elongated using a small round file and a vacuum cleaner at the Same Time dont want any metal filings getting into my radios, etc. My I. A. helped and signed off on the installation. The ACK 3 month self test is easy in the cockpit, just push the test button with the radio on 121.5. It is all spelled out in the ACK Installation and Operation manual.
Easy install. Good instructions.
Ordered a ACK E04 with other parts on a Tue, received it the next day. Way to go Aircraft Spruce.
Having researched all the ELTâ€™s, this one seemed the best bang for the buck. Saw a few negative reviews but they seemed to be the exception. Just started installing on my nearly complete Zenith 601XL. Install was pretty simple. All the complaints about the 2 batteries needed for this unit are ridiculous. Picked them up at Ace Hardware for around $10 - No big deal! Called Ack with one install question and got my answer right away. And the swept antenna looks much better than the competitors stubby wire one. Received quickly and in good shape - thanks Aircraft Spruce.
Yes if you get water in the remote or audio alert it can set off the ELT electronics do not like water much. The ELT itself is waterproof to 60 feet of water for 48 hours. With over 25,000 units now in service the problems we do see are almost always traced back to electrical equipment or antennas in close proximity to the ELT or control wiring. Make sure you follow the guidelines in the manual regarding antenna separation and cable routing. Water getting into the remote or audio alert in an area subject to water intrusion such as below side windows, leaky windshields, the wing root of Cubs etc will cause activation if the equipment canâ€™t be move wrapping it with Saran Wrap will protect it. If your having problems always start with our trouble shooting guide available on our web site. http://www.ackavionics.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Trouble-shooting-E-04.pdf
The ACK E-4 406 ELT is lighter than my old AmeriKing unit. A small bracket modification was needed, but otherwise it installed very easily in my 1960 C-182. The customer service person at Aircraft Spruce recommended I order the $4 adaptor, which arrived in the same box, and completed the interface into my panel wiring. I recommend this unit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The replacement battery for the ACK 406 E-04 is part# 11-10012.
The ACK 406/121.5 MHZ E-04 ELT comes with the ELT, Antenna, Remote Switch, Alert Buzzer and wiring.
Yes, the Whip antenna for the ACK 406/121.5 MHZ ELT is P/N 11-10465.