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.
No coupler to attach the antenna to the ELT came in the package.
The ACK 406/121.5 MHz E-04 ELT is well designed and lightweight, but the installation package is incomplete. ACK leaves it to the installer to source two different, hard to find speciality lithium batteries costing about $10 each. These specialty batteries are required to power the remote switch (6v) and buzzer (3v). Including these batteries would be easy at very little additional cost to ACK. I hope Aircraft Spruce will insist ACK include these batteries, making the installation kit complete. I would have saved a lot of time and money if these two batteries had been included. It is also my hope Aircraft Spruce will include the option of ordering these two batteries when customers order ELT replacement batteries Part # 11-10012. BUYER BEWARE
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
Do not recommend at all. Has been nothing but problems since I installed it 3 years ago. Overly sensitive g-switch would set the ELT off simply loading bags into the airplane (3 feet ahead and a bulkhead separating the baggage area from the ELT mount). Sent in for repair, they claimed nothing was wrong. Moisture from flying in rain/condensation shorts out the ELT even if trace amounts of moisture get into the speaker. Their fix? Put it in a ziplock bag. The final straw was this years re certification it failed the power output test (3 years old only). Contact ACK, no response. Avoid this product and company.
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.
Over all an easy install. Wired it up to my Avmap Ultra for GPS input. Good bang for the buck. Things that Im not happy with, why not include the little batterys that are needed to make it all work?? Not a real big deal $10 on Ebay got me a set, but for $500 you think they would be included. On the other hand since the ELT IS conected to the Aircraft Power Why do I need to have a battery in the remote switch at all?? and could you not put in a charger system for the ELT battery as well???
EASY TO INSTALL AND SET UP
I was worried the supplied cable for the remote would be too short for my Cardinal, but it was fine, by a foot. Install was quick and holes were accurate for the ELT, placing the remote head was a bit rougher, but not hard. If you gotta have an ELT (and you do), this is an easy install or upgrade.
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.