Safety and survival manufacturer ARTEX, an ACR Electronics, Inc. brand, is leading the drive to raise 406 MHz beacon awareness within the aviation community on 406Day this Monday, 4th June. The annual awareness day, #406Day18, aims to remind airlines, airplane and helicopter owners and operators, passengers and crew about the importance of life-saving 406 MHz technology and provide advice about the benefits and responsibilities of owning a 406 MHz beacon such as an ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter) or PLB (Personal Locator Beacon).
ELTs for planes and PLBs for pilots, crew, outdoor users and boaters, as well as EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) for boats, operate on the 406 MHz frequency. Each 406 MHz beacon transmits a unique digital code that identifies the type of beacon and allows registration data to be associated with the beacon. The registration data provides information such as the beacon owner, the type of aircraft and emergency points of contact.
Estimates indicate that when using the next-gen MEOSAR (Medium-Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) network, anyone activating a GPS-enabled PLB can expect their beacon to be located within 100 metres (328 feet), 95% of the time, within 5 minutes of the distress signal.
ACR is aiming to promote beacon ownership, as well as highlight safety checks and maintenance procedures, on the easy-to-remember annual date on 4th June. Helping people understand how to register, use and test their beacons correctly, the day is also a celebration of the over 41,000 lives saved by using 406 MHz beacons and the COSPAS-SARSAT Satellite system.
ACR Electronics offers the following simple advice to beacon owners to ensure their PLB or ELT will operate effectively in the event of an emergency.
• Check the battery expiration date
• Update your beacon registration
• Ensure your beacon is properly mounted