Pioneering innovation in beacons for aviation, ECA Group has taken a step further in the H2020 European aviation safety program. ECA Group, successfully experimented inflight tests of the first Cospas-Sarsat 2nd Generation ELT(DT).
The testing campaigns helped to evaluate the new capabilities in Search And Rescue (SAR) services and in particular the specific performances of the built-in Return Link Message as well as the ELT(DT) functions according to Global Aeronautical Distress & Safety System (ICAO GADSS) requirements on high speed aircraft.
Within the framework of the GRICAS project (“Galileo MEOSAR RLS Improvement for Better Civil Aviation Security”), funded by GSA (European Global Navigation Satellites System Agency) through the Horizon 2020 program and coordinated by Thales Alenia Space, this new beacon has been successfully tested in-flight showing all the benefits of this solution for a safer aviation.
With its involvement in the project, ECA Group confirms its commitment in engineering the ELT(DT) 2nd generation of Cospas-Sarsat modulation. This achievement means for all aircraft a whole range of advantages and benefits thanks to GALILEO constellation in the domain of in-flight activation beneficial to Search and Rescue operations:
On November 29th, 2017 successful flight tests were held in Aeropuerto de Sabadell (Spain) on-board a CESSNA 182, then in Toulouse Francazal airport (France) on-board a Falcon 20 provided by SAFIRE (French Service of Instrumented Aircraft for Environmental Research) on December 6th, 2017 which marked the successful completion of GRICAS project.
The completion of this project strengthens ECA Group's position as a supplier of innovative 2nd generation beacon under the new Global Aeronautical Distress & Safety System [GADSS] perspectives.
1st ELT-DT demonstrator