121.5 ELT no good after August 2010!

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121.5 ELT no good after August 2010!

Post by Larry » Mon Jun 21, 2010 19:14

See item in General Discussion section of the Bulletin Board.

New FCC rule. Replace your old 121.5 ELT within 60 days from today.
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Re: 121.5 ELT no good after August 2010!

Post by Larry » Mon Jun 21, 2010 19:39

http://www.aopa.org/advocacy/articles/2 ... 21elt.html

Above link to AOPA article about this issue.
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Re: 121.5 ELT no good after August 2010!

Post by Captgrumps » Wed Jul 21, 2010 13:31

Maybe NOT--

FAA says "no" to FCC ban on 121.5 MHz ELT
A ban on 121.5 MHz ELTs? Not under the FAA's watch. The agency has officially stepped in with a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration requesting that the Federal Communication Commission withdraw its notice that would prohibit the "certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or continued use of 121.5 MHz ELTs." AOPA Online.
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Re: 121.5 ELT no good after August 2010!

Post by Larry » Sun Jan 16, 2011 09:36

(Below from AVWeb)

January 13, 2011

FCC Suspends Prohibition Of 121.5 MHz ELTs

By Glenn Pew, Contributing Editor

The FCC has stayed their rule on the prohibition of 121.5 MHz ELTs (signals no longer processed by satellites) and is "planning a new Notice requesting public comment on the future of legacy 121.5 ELTs." The action is a response to concerns expressed by the FAA, one of which is supply. The FAA warned the FCC that the current supply of 406 MHz ELTs is insufficient to replace all 121.5 MHz ELTs in the near term. Because of that, reasoned the FAA, prohibiting the use of 121.5 MHz ELTs "would" effectively ground "most" general aviation aircraft. The FAA also expressed concern regarding the potential continued value provided by 121.5 MHz ELTs in locating aircraft "even without satellite monitoring of frequency 121.5 MHz." Search and rescue operators still monitor the frequency. The FAA also expressed concerned about the associated cost to operators of forcing a transition.

While future action is expected, "no action will be taken regarding 121.5 MHz ELTs until further notice, following an additional opportunity for interested parties to comment." The new Notice is expected "sometime in early 2011," according to the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA). In 2000, Cospas-Sarsat announced it planned to terminate by 2009 satellite processing of 121.5 MHz beacons and has made good on that change. AEA and user groups had challenged the FCC's planned prohibition regarding continued use of existing 121.5 ELTs. Only 406 MHz frequency beacons are currently monitored by satellite.
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Re: 121.5 ELT no good after August 2010!

Post by joea » Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:41

Good to see.

Still have done some work with CAP and other air rescue people and while they do listen to 121.5, the newer ELT's, once they are really reliable, will result in a lot faster rescue.

Personally until this happens I did what Nathan recommended and got a SPOT locator beacon. Cost me $50 after a rebate and $99 a year for the service. If I need it and can push the button, they will find me.

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Post by Larry » Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:37

We also got a SPOT messenger and use it during our land travels in Mexico, onboard our sailboat to let the family know where we are during long passages, and also while flying the Aeronca. Wonderful device and great service. Even posts our positions to Facebook.
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Post by rkittine » Tue Jan 18, 2011 14:02

Thanks for the tip. Where do I get one of these Spot Locator Beacons? I assume it is portable and that I can take it from plane to plane and to my sailboat too?
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Re: 121.5 ELT no good after August 2010!

Post by Captgrumps » Tue Jan 18, 2011 21:41

You can get them frm most suppliers, Aircraft Spruce, Sporty's and etc. Even some sporting good stores.

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Re: 121.5 ELT no good after August 2010!

Post by joea » Wed Jan 19, 2011 08:17

Just searched on Amazon and found the Spot 1 for sale from $70

http://www.amazon.com/SPOT-Inc-SPOT-1-P ... 10&sr=8-10

The newer version for $135 or so

http://www.amazon.com/SPOT-Satellite-Me ... 910&sr=8-3

Do a good search and find the best deal. I bought mine at a fly-in when they had a rebate to get rid of the first versions before SPOT came out with the updated model.

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