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Old 01-21-2020, 10:32 AM
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Default ELT Required

Originally Posted by Turbo69bird View Post
Totally understand that but there’s been a lot of talk of plbs being substituted and the subsequent interpretation of that rule (by many) allowing plb to be used. Some say yes some say no. The reason many say no to PLB use under the rule is because it doesn’t self trigger in a crash. An Apple Watch will self trigger in a crash. So could it get certified as a
ELT ? Should it be certified as a ELT? It’s a question and it’s a topic for discussion as to wether options like this SHOULD be available.
An Apple Watch only communicates via Cellular and WiFi. This does not meet the requirements for an ELT to broadcast on the 121.5 or 406 MHz SAR frequencies.

Note that per FAR 14 CFR 91.207, "approved" ELT's are required by all U.S. Civil Registered Airplanes with more than 1 seat. Approved means manufactured to TSO-C91A requirements.

AOPA's ELT discussion:


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