An STC has been issued to Sierra Industries by the FAA for the installation of the Artex C406 (406 MHz) Emergency Locator Transmitter on Cessna Citation Models 500, 501, 550, 551, S550 and 560.
Early in 2009, U. S. emergency distress satellites ceased monitoring the older 121.5 MHz emergency frequency band in favor of the newly established and more accurate 406 MHz standard. Although 406 MHz ELTs are not yet legally required in the United States, numerous other countries, including Canada, Mexico and the European Union have established or are in the process of implementing the 406 MHz standard, company officials note.
The Artex C406 provides an integrated ELT to Navigation interface and transmits latitude and longitude position information with an accuracy of 100 meters. The unit operates on 121.5, 243 and 406 MHz frequencies and features a five-year battery life. Certifications include TSO C126 and ETSO 2C126 and the unit is approved by COSPAS/SARSAT and Transport & Industry Canada.
Sierra’s installation includes the ELT unit, high-speed blade antenna and wiring, plus required removal and reinstallation of cabin interior components. Sierra’s 2010 installed pricing for the Artex C406 unit starts at $8,500 for a basic installation or $12,000 installed with GPS position broadcast capability.
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