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§ 87.199 Special requirements for 406.0-406.1 MHz ELTs.
(a) 406.0-406.1 MHz ELTs use G1D emission. Except for the spurious
emission limits specified in § 87.139(h), 406.0-406.1 MHz ELTs must meet
all the technical and performance standards contained in the Radio
Technical Commission for Aeronautics document titled “Minimum
Operational Performance Standards 406 MHz Emergency Locator
Transmitters (ELT)” Document No. RTCA/DO-204 dated September 29, 1989.
The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by
reference in accordance with 5 U.S.C 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Copies
of this standard can be inspected at the Federal Communications
Commission's Reference Information Center, located at the address of
the FCC's main office indicated in 47 CFR 0.401(a), Tel: (202)
418-0270, or at the National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA,
call 202-741-6030, or go to:
s/ibr__locations.html. Copies of the RTCA standards also may be
obtained from the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, Inc.,
1150 18th Street NW., Suite 910, Washington, DC 20036.
(b) The 406.0-406.1 MHz ELT must contain as an integral part a homing
beacon operating only on 121.500 MHz that meets all the requirements
described in the RTCA Recommended Standards document described in
paragraph (a) of this section. The 121.500 MHz homing beacon must have
a continuous duty cycle that may be interrupted during the transmission
of the 406.0-406.1 MHz signal only.
(c) As part of its Supplier's Declaration of Conformity a 406.0-406.1
MHz ELT, the ELT must be certified by a test facility recognized by one
of the COSPAS/SARSAT Partners that the equipment satisfies the design
characteristics associated with the COSPAS/SARSAT document
COSPAS/SARSAT 406 MHz Distress Beacon Type Approval Standard (C/S
T.007). Additionally, an independent test facility must certify that
the ELT complies with the electrical and environmental standards
associated with the RTCA Recommended Standards.
Note 1 to paragraph (c): The verification procedure has been replaced
by Supplier's Declaration of Conformity. Equipment previously
authorized under subpart J of part 2 of this chapter may remain in use.
See § 2.950 of this chapter.
(d) The procedures for Supplier's Declaration of Conformity are
contained in subpart J of part 2 of this chapter.
(e) An identification code, issued by the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Program Manager
for the 406.0-406.1 MHz COSPAS/SARSAT satellite system, must be
programmed in each ELT unit to establish a unique identification for
each ELT station. With each marketable ELT unit the manufacturer or
grantee must include a postage pre-paid registration card printed with
the ELT identification code addressed to: NOAA/SARSAT Beacon
Registration, NSOF, E/SPO53, 1315 East West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD
20910-9684. The registration card must request the owner's name,
address, telephone, type of aircraft, alternate emergency contact, and
other information as required by NOAA. The registration card must also
contain information regarding the availability to register the ELT at
NOAA's online Web-based registration database at:
http://www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov. Further, the following
statement must be included: “WARNING—failure to register this ELT with
NOAA before installation could result in a monetary forfeiture being
issued to the owner.”
(f) To enhance protection of life and property, it is mandatory that
each 406.0-406.1 MHz ELT must be registered with NOAA before
installation and that information be kept up-to-date. In addition to
the identification plate or label requirements contained in § § 2.925 and
2.926 of this chapter, each 406.0-406.1 MHz ELT must be provided on the
outside with a clearly discernable permanent plate or label containing
the following statement: “The owner of this 406.0-406.1 MHz ELT must
register the NOAA identification code contained on this label with the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), whose address
is: NOAA/SARSAT Beacon Registration, NSOF, E/SPO53, 1315 East West Hwy,
Silver Spring, MD 20910-9684.” Aircraft owners shall advise NOAA in
writing upon change of aircraft or ELT ownership, or any other change
in registration information. Fleet operators must notify NOAA upon
transfer of ELT to another aircraft outside of the owner's control, or
any other change in registration information. NOAA will provide
registrants with proof of registration and change of registration
(g) For 406.0-406.1 MHz ELTs whose identification code can be changed
after manufacture, the identification code shown on the plant or label
must be easily replaceable using commonly available tools.
[ 69 FR 32885 , June 14, 2004, as amended at 76 FR 17352 , Mar. 29, 2011;
79 FR 77918 , Dec. 29, 2014; 82 FR 50838 , Nov. 2, 2017; 85 FR 64410 ,
Oct. 13, 2020]
Subpart G—Aeronautical Advisory Stations (Unicoms)
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