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Something already in place or will this require expensive upgrades for CAR 705 carriers?

 

Minister Garneau announces strengthened requirements for emergency locator transmitters on aircraft in Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 25, 2020 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada has reached another milestone in its commitment to improving the safety of Canada’s air transportation sector by modernizing and strengthening regulations.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced changes to the Canadian Aviation Regulations to mandate the use of digital emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) onboard aircraft flying in Canada.

The new, strengthened requirements will:

  • improve passenger safety by increasing the likelihood that the distress signals will be received;
  • enhance the efficiency of search and rescue operations by providing rapid, reliable and accurate position information to search and rescue services;
  • reduce false alarms and the unnecessary deployment of search and rescue resources;
  • harmonize emergency locator transmitter requirements with international standards; and,
  • respond to a recommendation from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, which called for the installation of digital emergency locator transmitters on all Canadian-registered aircraft and foreign aircraft operating in Canada.

Under the previous regulations, Canadian aircraft were required to be equipped with an analog ELT using the 121.5 MHz frequency. The regulatory changes announced today will require all Canadian aircraft to be equipped with a digital ELT capable of broadcasting simultaneously on frequencies of 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz, with some exceptions.

Using digital ELTs will reduce risk to human life and health as these devices provide more rapid, reliable and accurate position information to help search and rescue services identify and locate an aircraft in distress in a timely manner. Distress signals are received by a global satellite system that is monitored by search and rescue services, thereby increasing the chances of a successful rescue in the event of a downed aircraft.

The amendments apply to Canadian and foreign-registered aircraft operated in Canada, with the exception of gliders, balloons, airships, ultra-light aeroplanes and gyroplanes.

Commercial air operators, foreign aircraft and private operators have one year after the final publication of the amended regulations in Canada Gazette, Part II on November 25, 2020, to implement the amendments while recreational operators have five years to comply.

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“Canada has one of the safest aviation systems in the world, and our Government remains dedicated to maintaining and improving aviation safety. The new requirement for digital emergency locator transmitters onboard aircraft flying in Canada will enhance the efficiency of search and rescue operations and improve passenger safety by increasing the likelihood that a distress signal will be received in a timely manner.”

Minister of Transport
The Honourable Marc Garneau

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18 minutes ago, conehead said:

I actually thought this was mandated years ago!

Evidently not.

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Under the previous regulations, Canadian aircraft were required to be equipped with an analog ELT using the 121.5 MHz frequency. The regulatory changes announced today will require all Canadian aircraft to be equipped with a digital ELT capable of broadcasting simultaneously on frequencies of 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz, with some exceptions.

 

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4 hours ago, J.O. said:

The cost was worth it for the increased reliability alone, never mind the SAR benefits.

I never understood why people cheaped out on ELTs. My plane didn’t even have one when I bought it! It cost only $700 to buy a new 406 ELT. Small price to pay for the peace of mind it brings, IMO.

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3 hours ago, Rich Pulman said:

I never understood why people cheaped out on ELTs. My plane didn’t even have one when I bought it! It cost only $700 to buy a new 406 ELT. Small price to pay for the peace of mind it brings, IMO.

Exactly, I also don’t understand why some pilots cancel their flight plan prior to landing at a remote airstrip, so they don’t have to remember to make the call upon arrival.

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I think there's also a requirement (IOSA) for 705 aircraft to be equipped with a portable ELT for transborder/international travel.  Our aircraft are equipped with a second, portable 406 ELT.

Would be nice for Garneau to deal with the real issues at hand instead of this distraction (not that I disagree with the new requirements).

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1 hour ago, Canoehead said:

 

Would be nice for Garneau to deal with the real issues at hand instead of this distraction (not that I disagree with the new requirements).

Really. He’s such a disappointment, turned out to be just another politician like the rest of ‘em.

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I have a couple of big yellow stickers around here somewhere from when they made 406 ELTs mandatory

 

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Maybe that was 243 Mhz ELTs as Chapter 551.104 of the AWM still only stipulates 121.5 and 243 Mhz requirements.

 

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