Originally Posted by RFSchaller
This morning I submitted the following question by email on the FAA website.
I have an ELSA aircraft. Does the ELT in an experimental aircraft have to be TSO'd? If the unit is TSO'd and requires a new battery can an equivalent commercial grade battery from a source other than the original ELT manufacturer be used and still meet the "operable" requirement of FAR 91.207(a)(1)?
Let's see what they say.
It's been a couple of years so by now the FAA must have replied, what did they say?
Regarding the $45 a year dilemma, it's really less. A battery costs around $180 BUT you still have to buy those "non approved" replacement batteries plus install them, which cost around $80. So $180 minus $80 then we're talking about $100 divided by 6 years = less than $17 a year.
I love saving money but if it's going to cost me $100 every 6 years to not have the risk of the insurance company not paying me if I bend my plane even if it's not a total loss and even if the accident has nothing to do with the ELT, I'll pay the extra $100. The insurance company will look for any reason not to pay you, count on that and this is how I know :
Back in 1998 I put a Seneca into the ocean, no pilot fault found by NTSB, long story for another time. The insurance claim was denied because when they checked the logbooks my transponder inspection was expired. The transponder had NOTHING to do with the accident and I was flying in airspace that did not need a transponder so it was turned off as per FAA Regulations. They still denied the claim. It took over a year and a lawsuit including letters from the FAA in my favor for the insurance company to pay me. That cost me way more than the $100 I would save using in an ELT battery I make instead of the one sold by the manufacturer.
That's just me though.
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Last edited by Pilot135pd : 04-14-2019 at 10:43 AM.