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Two aircraft heard faint ELT (emergency locator transmitters) today on 125.200mhz cleveland center around 2:30pm. Anyone alse catch this? I think they transmit on 121.500 mhz.
...the ELT triggered by a hard landing or some other innocuous event.
yeah... also..you are allowed to test your ELT during the first 5 minutes before every hour UTC... ie:12:55 UTC01:55 UTC02:55 UTC03:55 UTCetc..but it shouldn't be on for more than a few seconds.
(a) 1. ELTs should be tested in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, preferably in a shielded or screened room or specially designed test container to prevent the broadcast of signals which could trigger a false alert.2. When this cannot be done, aircraft operational testing is authorized as follows:(a) Analog 121.5/243 MHz ELTs should only be tested during the first 5 minutes after any hour. If operational tests must be made outside of this period, they should be coordinated with the nearest FAA Control Tower or FSS. Tests should be no longer than three audible sweeps. If the antenna is removable, a dummy load should be substituted during test procedures.(b) Digital 406 MHz ELTs should only be tested in accordance with the unit's manufacturer's instructions.(c) Airborne tests are not authorized.
The personal locator beacons, like this one linked here, also are tested at the first five minute block after the top of the hour.http://www.mcmurdo.co.uk/?Menu=17&Page=/Contents/ListProducts.asp&ID=1025This is the unit I carry with me when I fly.
Hopefully none of us will have to use one beyond the sake of testing. Even then, be very cautious as I know many people in CAP who are called on 5+ hour missions because of an ELT going off, only to find it was set off accidentically by someone in a moving truck, or boat, etc.
Even then, be very cautious as I know many people in CAP who are called on 5+ hour missions because of an ELT going off,...