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Artex Aircraft Supplies, Inc.

Overview
ELTs are a great way to increase safety.  Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) are used to help rescue crews find downed aircraft - increasing the likelihood of survival for aircraft occupants - especially in remote areas.

Terminology
The original ELTs introduced in 1973 were manufactured to the specifications of FAA TSO-C91. In 1985, TSO-C91A was introduced to provide improved performance and reliability. Today, C91 units are no longer allowed in new installations. These first and second-generation units broadcast an analog signal on 121.5 and 243.0 MHz.  The latest technology utilizes a frequency of 406 MHz.  In November of 2000 the International Corpas-Sarsat Program announced that it plans to cease the processing of distress signals from 121.5 and 243 MHz beacons on February 1st, 2009.  For details see the
121phaseout.pdf document.  Unfortunately, 406 ELTs are quite a bit more expensive than 121.5 ELTs.  The FAA has not announced any plans to obsolete 121.5 MHz ELTs.

USA Soaring Contest Rules - ELTs Required for all Contests in 2006
Starting in 2006 it looks like ELTs will be required in all sailplanes in US contests.  Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) will not be acceptable.  The FAQ on the US Sailplane Racing Association web site is an excellent source of answers to many ELT related questions.  All types of mounted ELTs will be acceptable.
http://sailplane-racing.org/Rules/CRC%20ELT%20FAQ%20.htm


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Artex-455-6605 Artex ME-406 ELT with Whip Antenna
The whip antenna version is rated for airspeeds up to 200 knots. 
The rod antenna version (below) is rated for airspeeds up to 350 knots.
The Artex ME-406 is a single output ELT. Two emergency frequencies (121.5 and 406.028 MHz) utilize the same RF output, which requires only one coax cable to connect to the new series of Artex single input antennas. The ELT automatically activates during a crash and transmits the standard swept tone on 121.5 MHz.  Every 50 seconds for 440 milliseconds the 406 MHz transmitter turns on and transmits an encoded digital message to the Cospas/Sarsat satellite system.The mounting hardware for the ME-406 Series is compatible with all previous models of Artex 406 MHz, as well as the ELT200 Series, Pointer Model 3000 ELT and Narco ELT’s.

Note: Units for use in US Aircraft are in stock.  For customers outside the US the units must be programmed at the dealer - so the lead-time is about 1 week.

Specifications:
Artex reserves the right to alter or modify any of the specifications contained herein. 560-6603 Rev - 04-01-05
Operating Frequencies: 406 MHz ± 1 kHz Biphase L (16K0G1D), 121.5 MHz ± 0.005% (A3X)
Output Power: 406 MHz: 5 W (440 ms / 50 sec) for 24 hours @ -20° C to +55° C, 121.5 MHz: 100 mW min for 50 hours @ -20° C to +55° C
Output Connector: BNC Female
Activation: Automatic by 4.5 ft/sec G-Switch or Manual
Battery: 5 year Lithium (LiSO2, LiMn02)
Temperature: Operating: -20° C to +55° C, Storage: -55° C to +85° C
Self Test: G-Switch enabled, 406 MHz Power, 121.5 MHz Power, Antenna/Coax Connection, Low Battery
Remote Control: ON/ARM/RESET
Antenna: Whip (110-773) (<200 KTS)
Mounting Hardware: Mounting Tray P/N 452-3034
Other Parts: Coax cable, Buzzer (to alert ground crews of accidental activation)
Weights:
ELT Transmitter: 1.85 lbs (833 g)
Mounting Tray: 3.52 oz (100 g)
Total Weight: 2.05 lbs (933 g)
Measurements: ELT Transmitter with Mounting Hardware Installed: 6.59" (167 mm) L x 2.86" (73 mm) H x 3.69" (94 mm) W

Details on Manufacturer's Web site

$995 In Stock

 
Artex-455-6607 Artex ME-406 ELT with Rod Style Antenna
The whip antenna version (above) is rated for airspeeds up to 200 knots. 
The rod antenna version is rated for airspeeds up to 350 knots.

The Artex ME-406 is a single output ELT. Two emergency frequencies (121.5 and 406.028 MHz) utilize the same RF output, which requires only one coax cable to connect to the new series of Artex single input antennas. The ELT automatically activates during a crash and transmits the standard swept tone on 121.5 MHz.  Every 50 seconds for 440 milliseconds the 406 MHz transmitter turns on and transmits an encoded digital message to the Cospas/Sarsat satellite system.The mounting hardware for the ME-406 Series is compatible with all previous models of Artex 406 MHz, as well as the ELT200 Series, Pointer Model 3000 ELT and Narco ELT’s.

Specifications:
Artex reserves the right to alter or modify any of the specifications contained herein. 560-6603 Rev - 04-01-05
Operating Frequencies: 406 MHz ± 1 kHz Biphase L (16K0G1D), 121.5 MHz ± 0.005% (A3X)
Output Power: 406 MHz: 5 W (440 ms / 50 sec) for 24 hours @ -20° C to +55° C, 121.5 MHz: 100 mW min for 50 hours @ -20° C to +55° C
Output Connector: BNC Female
Activation: Automatic by 4.5 ft/sec G-Switch or Manual
Battery: 5 year Lithium (LiSO2, LiMn02)
Temperature: Operating: -20° C to +55° C, Storage: -55° C to +85° C
Self Test: G-Switch enabled, 406 MHz Power, 121.5 MHz Power, Antenna/Coax Connection, Low Battery
Remote Control: ON/ARM/RESET
Antenna: Rod (110-338) (<350 KTS)
Mounting Hardware: Mounting Tray P/N 452-3034
Other Parts: Coax cable, Buzzer (to alert ground crews of accidental activation)
Weights:
ELT Transmitter: 1.85 lbs (833 g)
Mounting Tray: 3.52 oz (100 g)
Total Weight: 2.05 lbs (933 g)
Measurements: ELT Transmitter with Mounting Hardware Installed: 6.59" (167 mm) L x 2.86" (73 mm) H x 3.69" (94 mm) W

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$1695 1 Week
Artex-110-201 Artex 110-201 Conformal ELT Antenna
Frequency: 121.5 and 243 MHz
Nice ELT antenna.  Flexible vinyl plastic cover.  Designed to be mounted vertically in a non-metallic or non-carbon fiber aircraft.  Would work great in the vertical fin of a sailplane - as long as the fin is made of fiberglass and not carbon fiber or metal.  Although it is flexible, for optimal performance it should be mounted on a relatively flat surface.

Specifications

  • Dimensions
      Height: 31 inches (78.74 cm)
      Width: 3 inches (7.62 cm)
      Cable Length: 6 feet (1.83 m)
  • Frequency: 121.5 and 243 MHz
  • VSWR: 2.0:1 MAX
  • Polarization: Vertical
  • Radiation Pattern: Omni directional
  • Mount antenna vertically inside non-metallic or non-carbon fiber aircraft.
  • Connector: BNC with integral 6 foot (1.83 m) coaxial cable
  • Weight: 6 oz.
$108 In Stock

Cumulus Soaring, Inc.
Paul E. Remde

8661 Connelly Place
Savage, Minnesota 55378
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