Carriage requirements

Refer to CASR Part 91 MOS Division 26.12

Carriage of ELTs

When an aircraft begins a flight it must carry an emergency locator transmitter (ELT):

When a flight is not required to carry a life raft.

The flight must be fitted with an automatic ELT or carry one survival ELT.

When a flight is required to carry a life raft.

The flight must be fitted with an automatic ELT and carry a survival ELT or carry at least two survival ELTs.

Definitions

Note that there is a distinction between an automatic ELT and a survival ELT.

Automatic ELT

An automatic ELT activated automatically on impact.

Survival ELT

A survival ELT is removable from the aircraft and is manually activated.

ELT – Basic Technical Requirements

An ELT is a transmittor that meets the following requirements:

  • if the transmitter is activated the transmisttor must transmit simultateously on 121.5 MHz and 406 MHz; and
  • the transmittor must be registered with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).