Specialist in pinpointing distresses by satellite and number one in 406 MHz maritime Emergency Beacons (EPIRBs), SERPE-IESM extends its range of ELTs with the KANNAD 406 AP, Automatic Portable Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT).
The KANNAD 406 AP is designed to be installed near the tail and to be connected to an outside antenna. A sophisticated " shock sensor " will activate the ELT automatically in the event of a crash.
When removed from its bracket and connected to the auxiliary antenna, the KANNAD 406 AP becomes a survival beacon operating on 3 frequencies (121,5/243,0/406MHz).
This new generation of ELT offers all the latest improvements of the COSPAS-SARSAT system with the 406 MHz frequency at a price slightly over that of conventional two frequency ELTs
Precise pinpointing (<1NM)
Identification of the aircraft in distress (the ELT transmits a unique aircraft identification number)
Efficient process of false alarms to avoid costly search and rescue operations
A remote control panel (on option) located in the cockpit allows manual activation and the self test of various operating parameters.
A buzzer integrated to the ELT warns the pilot of any activation.
A GPS or ARINC 429 interface can be added to load the position of the aircraft in the ELT. In case of activation, the position is transmitted to the COSPAS-SARSAT LEO and GEO satellites. Not only have the SAR organisations the aircraft identification, but they also have its precise position instantly.
The KANNAD 406 AP has been specifically developed for quick AOG operations when time means money : the housing is Velcro-mounted and programming can be done automatically by plugging the remote control panel connector to the ELT front panel (pin programming option). This means that the ELT can be easily replaced on board within seconds.
Maintenance is limited to a monthly " self test " and the lamp flashing sequence indicates the test result :
Short flashes indicate that the ELT has detected a problem (low RF power, low battery, faulty VCO lock...).
One long flash indicates good operation.
Battery replacement is only necessary every 6 years thanks to LiMnO2 technology. This represents a considerable improvement over standard generation ELTs with battery replacement necessary every year or every two years. It should be pointed out that the technology used is proven non hazardous for aircraft transportation.
SERPE-IESM recommends a complete check up every 2 years unless otherwise legislated by national authorities.
The KANNAD 406 AP is qualified by the French Civil Aviation in compliance with EUROCAE ED62 standard and by FAA with TSO-C91a and TSO-C126. It complies with JAR-OPS 1.820 regulation.