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5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Emergency Locator Transmitters

5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Emergency Locator Transmitters

An emergency locator transmitter (ELT) is an essential piece of flight safety equipment mandated for just about every aircraft, including large passenger jets. The ELT sends highly accurate location data to appropriate local search and rescue organizations’ command centers using the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite constellation to help search, rescue and recovery teams locate downed aircraft quickly and efficiently.

With more than 40 years in the ELT business, Honeywell has provided more emergency locator transmitters for commercial aircraft than anyone else. We produce two models of ELTs for Airbus and Boeing jetliners. The RESCU 406® AFN2 transmitter is an automatic fixed navigation device that can be permanently installed in an aircraft, while the RESCU 406SG Portable ELT can be easily removed by survivors for use outside the aircraft.

ELT technology has improved significantly over the last decade and there are good reasons to consider upgrading your older transmitters to the latest Honeywell technology. Here are five of them:

  1. Honeywell’s ELTs were the first to comply with FAA/EASA lithium battery requirements for new aircraft. In addition, our batteries’ service life sets an industry standard of five years, making sure you have power to spare when it’s needed most.
  2. Safety first. Operators want and need the most capable safety systems available. Honeywell ELTs automatically activate upon impact in the event of a crash. The transmitter's internal navigation input (ARINC 429) module connects with the aircraft navigation database to reduce search time by transmitting highly accurate latitude/longitude information to rescuers.
  3. Our RESCU 406® AFN2 and RESCU 406SG Portable ELT transmitters take this critical technology to new levels with significant improvements in size, weight and operating features – while maintaining the same performance standards the aviation industry has come to expect from Honeywell. Size and weight reductions of 40% were achieved over previous models.
  4. Our ELTs aid search and rescue operations by transmitting distress signals on the standard frequency of 121.5 MHz, as well as the new 406 MHz developed to work with the COSPAS-SARSAT search and rescue system. 
  5. Right now, we’re offering a special trade-in price when exchanging your RESCU 406S/SE in for brand new RESCU 406SG or trading in your RESCU 406AF/AFN for a new RESCU 406AFN2.

For more information on Honeywell ELT technology, contact your Honeywell representative or click in the link below so that we can contact you directly. 

Kailey Loud
Customer Marketing Specialist
Kailey Loud is the customer success Lead for Honeywell Aerospace.


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