Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Arm ELTs Before Take Off

I've been doing some data mining of published Transportation Safety Board of Canada aviation reports for an other article I'm writing. It is much more tedious than using the National Transportation Safety Board aviation accident database, but it gives me Canadian data. I was shocked to discover I had to create a data tag to capture the cases where, after a crash, the ELT was found to be turned off (In 36 reports for 2008 and 2009 mentioning ELTs I actuall found three such cases). It doesn't really matter what you think about ELTs, if it is turned off it is cargo, not safety equipment. If you are the owner-operator-pilot, please make sure that you are complying with the ELT manufacturer's instructions. If not, you may wish to talk to your Person Responsible for Maintenance (PRM) to see if the ELT configuration can be visually inspected prior to flight.

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