# Sale and Certification Of 121.5 MHz ELTs Prohibited

Discussion in 'Instruments / Avionics / Electrical System' started by Daleandee, Dec 28, 2018.

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1. Dec 28, 2018

### Daleandee

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Hopefully everyone has seen this by now:

https://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/ne...ion-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.

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

2. Dec 28, 2018

### TFF

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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.

3. Dec 28, 2018

### Turd Ferguson

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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!!" Topaz likes this. 4. Dec 28, 2018 ### Daleandee ### Daleandee #### Well-Known Member Joined: Sep 11, 2015 Messages: 810 Likes Received: 494 Location: SC 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 N319WF 5. Dec 28, 2018 ### Pops ### Pops #### Well-Known Member Joined: Jan 1, 2013 Messages: 6,580 Likes Received: 5,491 Location: USA. Single place , non electric solves a lot of problems. flyinut, fly2kads, Daleandee and 2 others like this. 6. Dec 29, 2018 ### 12notes ### 12notes #### Well-Known Member Joined: Aug 27, 2014 Messages: 666 Likes Received: 426 Location: Louisville, KY 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." 7. Dec 29, 2018 ### Turd Ferguson ### Turd Ferguson #### Well-Known Member Joined: Mar 14, 2008 Messages: 4,536 Likes Received: 1,540 Location: Upper midwest in a house During that period Spruce will knock$5 off the price of a new 121.5 ELT.

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