ELTs on 121.5 MHz could be banned by FCC

 

The FCC last week issued a report that would ban emergency locator transmitters that operate at 121.5 MHz, in a decision that could affect thousands of GA aircraft.

The abolition of the devices, approved by the FAA, would take place in August.

The FCC said if the 121.5 ELTs were not available, aircraft operators will migrate to 406.0-406.1 MHz ELTs monitored by satellite. The assumptive posture is that satellite monitoring would make the devices more effective in search and rescue.

The AOPA spoke out against the decision yesterday, calling it costly and unnecessary.

“The FCC is making a regulatory change that would impose an extra cost on GA operators, without properly communicating with the industry or understanding the implications of its action,” said Rob Hackman, AOPA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs.  

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