Sale and Certification Of 121.5 MHz ELTs Prohibited

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Daleandee

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Hopefully everyone has seen this by now:

https://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/Sale-and-Certification-of-1215-MHz-ELTs-Prohibited-232010-1.html

It's okay to continue to use the older (121.5 MHz) ELT's but "Certification of new 121.5 MHz ELTs is prohibited effective Jan. 11, 2019."

If I understand correctly this means if you are close to getting your air worthiness inspection done you will need to install a newer
406 MHz ELT if your inspection is after the January cutoff date.

I'm certain that when needed an updated ELT would be a welcomed asset but I don't agree that the price for both are as close together as they seem to believe.

ADS-B will be a great help in giving the general location where your plane was last known to be but when they come looking for your crashed plane ... a screaming ELT could be just what is needed ... especially if you were injured and in a remote area.

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PS: No ... I'm still flying my old 121.5 version!
 

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I am fine with 121.5, but if you do want it as a real asset to be found, 406 is better for one reason, the FAA is listening. 121.5 ELT searches are now outsourced. The crummy thing about 406 is you can be billed for false alarms; they know who you are just like ADSB.
 

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It's okay to continue to use the older (121.5 MHz) ELT's but "Certification of new 121.5 MHz ELTs is prohibited effective Jan. 11, 2019."

If I understand correctly this means if you are close to getting your air worthiness inspection done you will need to install a newer
406 MHz ELT if your inspection is after the January cutoff date.
FAA vs FCC

There is no FAA reg that prohibits installation of a 121.5 ELT after Jan 11. A builder will be fully in compliance with the regs as a long as his ELT meets TSO-C91a.

The FCC is not revoking any existing certification of 121.5 ELT's. They are saying that after Jan 11 they (the FCC) will not longer certify new units. Nor will they allow 121.5 units to be manufactured or sold. All the ones in inventory at parts houses will have to be given away!!

I can see the Aircraft Spruce promotion coming now: "FREE 121.5 ELT with all purchases over $1000!!"
 

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FAA vs FCC

There is no FAA reg that prohibits installation of a 121.5 ELT after Jan 11. A builder will be fully in compliance with the regs as a long as his ELT meets TSO-C91a.

The FCC is not revoking any existing certification of 121.5 ELT's. They are saying that after Jan 11 they (the FCC) will not longer certify new units. Nor will they allow 121.5 units to be manufactured or sold. All the ones in inventory at parts houses will have to be given away!!

I can see the Aircraft Spruce promotion coming now: "FREE 121.5 ELT with all purchases over $1000!!"
Ahhh ... thanks for the clarification! That makes this much ado about nearly nothing and we should all be looking for the great sale email from Aircraft Spruce!

Dale
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We'll have to wait a bit for the sale prices, the certification stops on January 11th, there's a 6 month extension they can still manufacture and sell existing inventory. However, they should be quite inexpensive on July 10th.

From the article:
"Certification of new 121.5 MHz ELTs is prohibited effective Jan. 11, 2019. The prohibition of manufacture, importation and sales will go into effect after a six-month transition period."
 

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We'll have to wait a bit for the sale prices, the certification stops on January 11th, there's a 6 month extension they can still manufacture and sell existing inventory. However, they should be quite inexpensive on July 10th.

From the article:
"Certification of new 121.5 MHz ELTs is prohibited effective Jan. 11, 2019. The prohibition of manufacture, importation and sales will go into effect after a six-month transition period."
During that period Spruce will knock $5 off the price of a new 121.5 ELT.
 

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I am fine with 121.5, but if you do want it as a real asset to be found, 406 is better for one reason, the FAA is listening. 121.5 ELT searches are now outsourced. The crummy thing about 406 is you can be billed for false alarms; they know who you are just like ADSB.
We had an ELT location training session at CAP a few weeks back. They are fairly easy to pinpoint in the open. The session mostly focussed on working out which building/hangar the false alarm was in and how to disable non destructively.
 
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