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A milestone for aviation safety: ECA GROUP has delivered 35 000 Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs)

Tuesday, October 19 2021
Assuring aviation safety since 1993: Major aircraft manufacturers and 350 airlines fly with beacons made in France.

A worldwide leader in the production of safety beacons for civil aviation, ECA GROUP has now reached a further milestone: In July, the French high-tech company supplied its 35 000th Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) to its client, a major airline.

The airline with international outreach has remained faithful to ECA GROUP's product since the early 1990ies.

What is an ELT?

An Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) is an onboard-equipment that transmits a signal to the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite constellation in case of distress. This signal allows the precise localization of the aircraft for rescue teams. ELTs are therefore an integral component of the international satellite system for search and rescue COSPAS-SARSAT. Each year, safety beacons help rescue 300 people on average.

The story of ECA GROUP's ELTs

The story of ECA GROUP’s ELTs is briefly told: In the 1980ies, a small, but dedicated team of 5 to 10 engineers in Toulouse worked on ECA GROUP’s first safety beacons – developed to aid rescue teams localise ships and boats in distress at sea. In the early 90ies, ECA GROUP started developing ELTs for aircraft. Today,  ECA GROUP's aerospace division works on the continuous optimization of safety beacons to make sure flying stays safe at all times.

Over the last 30 years, ECA GROUP’s clients – all major aircraft manufacturers and more than 350 airlines worldwide – have shown trust in the company’s reliable and easy-to-use products. 

A new ELT generation

To be in line with new safety standards, ECA Group is currently developing a new generation of ELITE Survival ELTs. This new version will be compliant with latest standards regarding lithium batteries.

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