GA joins unprecedented search efforts for Florida teens

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Everybody in the country, it seems, heard the terrible news: Two 14-year-old boys, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, had gone out fishing near their south Florida home July 24. They were last seen when they bought more than 100 gallons of fuel at 1:30 in the afternoon and headed out of the Jupiter Inlet. They’d been expected to stay inshore, but apparently changed their minds. Their parents got worried when they hadn’t returned home by 5 p.m.

The Coast Guard’s search and rescue function swung into high gear, and searched until dark. By 11 the following morning, they’d located the overturned 19-foot fishing boat some 67 miles offshore of Daytona Beach, but there was no sign of the boys. [Read more…]

New Canadian ELT rule to be mandatory for all

Transport Canada has confirmed that Canadian airspace will be closed to all aircraft not equipped with 406-mHz emergency locator transmitters within the next two years.

Transport Canada has affirmed its decision to make 406-MHz emergency locator transmitters mandatory on everything but gliders, balloons, ultralights and a few special-use aircraft. The requirement extends to foreign-registered aircraft and includes those on flights that begin and end in the U.S. but fly over Canadian territory.

Transport Canada and the Canadian military, which handles most search and rescue operations in Canada, say the switch is necessary because search and rescue satellites will stop monitoring the 121.5 MHz frequency used most by existing ELTs on Feb. 1. They point out the reliability and precision of the 406-mHz system, which is proven to make rescues faster and less complicated.

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