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Inadvertent ELT Activation

December 2018

ELTIn 2017, ELTs (emergency locator transmitters) generated 8,786 false alerts in the United States. The majority of the 406 MHz ELT false alerts occur during testing and maintenance.

  • Ensure that ELT self-tests and annual tests are conducted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If the ELT is accidentally activated, cancel the false alert by calling the U. S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at 1.800.851.3051 or the nearest Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic facility and provide the beacon’s hex ID.