Originally Posted by Bavafa
I am at about the point to order the ELT and looking at the Artex 345. Any thoughts or critics of using Artex 345 instead? It can accept GPS data, a bit heavier but better battery life time.
A couple of thoughts...
1) if you can order an ELT installation kit, go that route. If you order the complete ELT you will be burning off expensive battery life before your first flight date. Buying the ELT itself is something you're best to do in the final few weeks before first flight.
2) I have, in the past, had some extremely bad dealings with Artex. So bad, in fact, that I ripped out and sold both my Artex 406 ELTs are replaced them with another brand and refused to recommend or install their products. Fast forward a few years. Artex as a company has been bought and sold a couple of times. The nature of the company and the people involved seems to have improved substantially. The nature of the product likewise seems to have improved substantially. I had a long and very detailed technical discussion with Artex while at Oshkosh. I came away from that discussion believing my ban on anything to do with Artex should be reconsidered.
3) for those who are flying with an Artex 345, I would really appreciate you taking a few minutes to share your experiences with installation, operation and maintenance of the device (please, pretty please?).