Canada Mandates 406 ELTs, Overseas Aircraft Require Beacon

Foreign-registered aircraft traveling to Canada soon after Nov. 25, 2021, will have to have possibly an ELT capable of broadcasting simultaneous 406 and 121.5 MHz unexpected emergency signals or have a transportable 406 beacon on board as portion of the country’s new ELT rules. Transport Canada published notice in the Canada Gazette, the equivalent of the U.S. Federal Register, of amendments to its laws pertaining to ELTs. International plane that do not comply with the Canadian regs can however fly in Canada with the accepted 406 beacon. There is no requirement in the U.S. for plane to have a 406 ELT. In its place, the FCC has banned the manufacture of ELTs that function on 121.5 only. All new ELTs emit both of those indicators simultaneously but there are however thousands of 121.5 units in use.

In Canada, all aircraft besides gliders, balloons, airships, ultralights and gyroplanes will have to have the new ELTs, some quicker than later. Aircraft operated primarily for recreation will need to have the new ELTs within just five years but almost everything else (together with overseas plane) have to be outfitted by Nov. 25, 2021. Canadian aviation groups experienced opposed the 406 mandate saying significantly less pricey satellite-dependent tracking units or Adverts-B could be used as a substitute and they would not put up with the dependability troubles of ELTs, which usually really don’t trigger or whose alerts are blocked since of the position of the wreck. Even so, the monitoring units really don’t ship an notify if they detect a superior-G affect and that was apparently a selecting element for Transport Canada. Operators are, of class, absolutely free to carry a monitoring product with them in addition to the required ELT.