ELT Disposal – Don’t Trash the Beacon!

From the FAA
As pilots transition from 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELT) to the newer and more reliable 406 MHz digital emergency beacons, many of the older ELTs are finding their way to trash dumpsters and landfills. If the old ELTS are not removed and discarded properly, the device could be accidentally activated and broadcast a distress signal forcing emergency responders, namely the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), to locate the disposed transmitter. “It is time consuming for our members to locate and silence ELTs in landfills and dumpsters,” says CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter, “but it is something that must be done to make sure all emergency signals are accounted for.” If you are discarding one of these devices, please remove or disconnect batteries so the device cannot be accidentally activated. Then, contact an electronics waste facility in your area for proper disposal.

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