Elliott
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ELT Test

Sun Apr 21, 2002 1:55 am

Hi all
I am looking for the procedure of ELT checks. There is a specific date/time each month for testing purpose.
Can anyone advise me for the full procedure or a related link?

Many thanks in advance
Elliott Kefalas kefalasi@aia.gr
Airfield Services Division
Athens INTL Airport
 
TurbineBeaver
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RE: ELT Test

Sun Apr 21, 2002 2:11 am

Anytime of the day at 5 minutes after the hour.

TB
 
PPGMD
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RE: ELT Test

Sun Apr 21, 2002 2:35 am

Just listen to 121.5 and turn the ELT on during the first 5 minutes of the hour.
At worst, you screw up and die.
 
Contact_tower
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RE: ELT Test

Sun Apr 21, 2002 3:39 am

And maximum 3 sweeps......  Smile
 
Elliott
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RE: ELT Test

Mon Apr 22, 2002 11:56 am

Many thanks in advance for your help.

Elliott
 
PW4084
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RE: ELT Test

Tue Apr 23, 2002 1:55 pm

And in addition to the prearranged time discussed above, ELTs can be tested other times if arrangements are made with the 'nearest FAA Control Tower or FSS'

AIM 6-2-5

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Contact_tower
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RE: ELT Test

Wed Apr 24, 2002 5:17 am

"And in addition to the prearranged time discussed above, ELTs can be tested other times if arrangements are made with the 'nearest FAA Control Tower or FSS' "

Do not apply outside the US..............
 
FredT
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RE: ELT Test

Wed Apr 24, 2002 5:40 am

And as always, but even more than usual when testing ELTs, do not follow procedures given on a.net or anywhere on the net. Check the regs/procedures applying to your operation firsthand.

I don't think whatever CAA you're under would look very kindly if you ring the alarm bell and try to explain it with "well, this bloke on a.net said..." Got a license? How much is it worth to you?  Smile

Cheers,
Fred
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RE: ELT Test

Wed Apr 24, 2002 2:59 pm

Good Point FredT

PW4084
 
Sinlock
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RE: ELT Test

Thu Apr 25, 2002 9:50 pm

I do not know what the laws are in Greece.

But here in the U.S. only a A&P can sign-off on a ELT test/check.
 
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RE: ELT Test

Thu Apr 25, 2002 10:21 pm

FYI, the ELT must be tested every 12 calendar months, and the battery must be replaced A) after 24 calendar months, B) after 1 cumulative hour of use, or C) after half of it's life span.
 
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wilcharl
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RE: ELT Test

Fri Apr 26, 2002 1:49 am

and to remember that

121.5

12 calander months 1 hour of use .5 =1/2 (half its life)



 
Mr Spaceman
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RE: ELT Test

Sat Apr 27, 2002 12:05 am

Hi guys.

I'm curious, are there aircraft out there with an ELT "test" switch in the cockpit that the pilot can use for this test?

In a Cessna 150, to gain access to the ELT so you can manually turn it on, you have to remove the aft interior cabin wall to reach the ELT's manual transmiter switch. (a good way to put your back out!) Or there's an exterior access panel as well.

This process seems like a pain...compared to a cockpit switch.

PS. You can also test your ELT by landing REALLY hard and then tuning your COM to 121.5  Big grin

Chris  Smile

"Just a minute while I re-invent myself"
 
PPGMD
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RE: ELT Test

Sun Apr 28, 2002 2:39 am

Most plane have the test switch in the cockpit these days.
At worst, you screw up and die.
 
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RE: ELT Test

Mon Apr 29, 2002 2:59 am

In Addition to 121.5 Mhz,Do the Military Forces use 243Mhz,or another Distress frequency.
regds
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Wilcharl

Wed May 01, 2002 8:08 am

Wilcharl,

That is a pretty little nifty method to remember it! I'm sure I'll never forget it now!

TB
 
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RE: ELT Test

Wed May 01, 2002 10:19 am

Funny that this topic comes up. Security came into our hanger last night right at quitting time looking for an ELT that was sounding off. After checking all of our aircraft, we sent them on thei way still searching. They ended up finding one going off in a BeechJet over in corporate transportation that was going through inspection. Oops...
 
flyn
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RE: ELT Test

Wed May 01, 2002 4:58 pm

That would be my luck crash write on the hour

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