The FAA doesn’t require aircraft to be equipped with the new 406 MHz ELTs, but all Sting S3 light sport aircraft sold since the U. S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring are so equipped.
SportairUSA, the North American Sting distributor, also reports that will will include a free portable SPOT satellite messenger along with the installed 406 MHz ELT in every new Sting.
“The search and rescue community has stopped monitoring the 121.5 emergency channel and aircraft owners are still sorting out what it means,” says Bill Canino, President of SportairUSA. “In keeping with our continuous improvement policy, with a strong emphasis on safety, we are installing the new 406 MHz system in new Sting S3s. Every new owner will also receive the portable SPOT satellite messenger at no additional cost. That way we have an installed unit for the airframe and a personal unit that can be carried by a pilot on foot after an emergency event. This combination of SPOT and 406 Mhz ELT is the most comprehensive and cost effective protection for plane and pilot that is currently available.”