121.5 MHz ELT Ban Dropped By FCC

January 21, 2011 at 9:39 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Aviation Week

At the request of FAA, the Federal Communications Commission last week formally halted a prohibition on the certification, manufacture, sale or use of emergency locator transmitters (ELT) that use the 121.5 MHz frequency.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association supported the move, saying a ban on 121.5 MHz ELTs could have caused a shortage of 406 MHz ELTs. The association, which had urged the agency to reconsider the prohibition, says, “This reversal is evidence that a coordinated effort from the aviation community can effect change and prevent a harmful proposal from becoming law.” The association acknowledges the benefits of the more advanced ELTs, but says the benefits must be balanced against the cost and needs of individual aircraft owners.

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