ELiTe is the result of a solid experience in radio frequency and satellite transmissions. The product is a breakthrough technology and innovation when it comes to localization performances. The deployment of the Galileo satellites will make localization even more accurate.
A trust built over the years
ECA Group has become a world leader with more than 30 000 ELTs installed since 1992. Since then ELTs have constantly evolved. Technological developments and recent missing aircrafts have pushed the industry to come up with improved solutions. ECA Group confirms its position as a world leader in Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) with ELiTe, the new generation of aeronautical ELTs and a unique product in terms of locator performances. With the prospect of keeping its major position in commercial aircraft for the coming years, ECA Group reinforces its leadership in the commercial aviation market.
Installed on aircraft, the Emergency Locator Transmitters ELiTe allows, in case of real distress conditions, the activation of radio frequency signals to alert Search & Rescue (SAR) teams through the COSPAS SARSAT system. The international COSPAS-SARSAT programme provides accurate, timely and reliable distress alert and location datas to help (Search&Rescue) authorities assist persons in distress.
Such equipment is, from now on, compulsory onboard and abide by international aviation standards. Each aircraft must be fitted at least with 2 ELTs:
- One shall be of Automatic type, usually Fixed configuration (installed on primary A/C structure)
- The other one or several others are of Survival / Portable type (installed inside the cabin easily accessible and operated, closed to an exit door)
ELiTe, the latest generation ELT inheriting 20 years of Research & Development and field experience
Thanks to a long expertise and strong know-how in the design of Emergency Locator Transmitter, ECA Group offers ELiTe, an innovative ELT concept that can be used in both configurations.
1 product for 2 applications
ELiTe is based on an innovative patented concept: only one transmitter for both Automatic Fixed or Survival/Portable Configuration, ensuring implementation security, reliability and simplicity at an efficient cost.
"ELiTe" is granted COSPAS SARSAT type approval for both Automatic Fixed and Survival/Portable applications. ELiTe is compliant with the international standards in terms of minimum operational performances. With one equipment for both applications, ELiTe benefits from a single part number for 2 products making airlines stock and maintenance management far more easier. It thus reduces the cost of ownership.
Ergonomic design, easy installation and optimized maintenance
Inheriting from the first emergency locator transmitters developed in the early 93’s by ELTA, a company now merged into ECA Group, ELiTe technological breakthrough in localization using Radio Frequency (RF) Transmission, integrate new features to ensure an enhanced ergonomic design, easy installation and optimized maintenance.
Maintenance is made easy thanks to a comprehensive self-test functionality combined to a long-life battery with a lasting capacity of 5 years, when installed in ELiTe. The RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Technology) allows the mandatory coding information to be independent of the ELT itself, therefore no reconfiguration is needed when the hardware is replaced. Maintenance is thus cost-effective, quick and allows to save critical operational time for airlines.
Enhanced signal transmission capabilities
Dual frequencies antenna is also integrated inside the transmitter package making it more compact and less fragile, while ensuring optimized transmitting capabilities in both Survival/Portable configurations. Furthermore in Automatic Fixed configuration, it offers a back-up transmission solution. After an impact, the damaged cable and/or primary external antenna can greatly affect the transmitting capabilities.
In Automatic Fixed configuration
In this configuration, ELiTe is installed directly on A/C primary structure, placed in the rearmost position (AFT). Its activation can be done both automatically, when an impact is detected (G-Switch Sensor), or manually from a Remote Control Panel (RCP) located in the A/C cockpit. Moreover, it offers a direct link with the aircraft avionics data bus (ARINC 429) for getting additional primary source of A/C localization (latitude & longitude information).
Simple to use and activate, information is accessible anytime upon request on the transmitter LCD screen. ELiTe can be implemented on any aircraft.
In Survival/Portable configuration
In case of aircraft crash, ELiTe, in its survival configuration, can be carried and activated manually by survivors. This compact and lightweight beacon can be carried out by hand to be taken out of the plane.
"ELiTe TRANSMITTER" integrates a GPS receiver. It was the first Survival ELT to be equipped in such a way. ELiTe becomes a second source of localization for the Automatic Fixed Configuration. It also integrates an automatic water-activated system, ensuring the reliability of its activation and the localization of survivors of an aircraft in distress even in case of water landing. In that case, the signal will be automatically activated when in contact with water.
Waterproof, ELiTe is equipped with a floatability system.
New version of survival portable ELT - ELITE SC
ECA GROUP has developed ELITE SC, a new version of its survival portable ELT, to comply with the latest safety standards regarding non-rechargeable lithium cells and batteries.
ELITE SC will maintain the same advantages as the previous ELITE range (1 product for 2 applications, ergonomic design and enhanced signal transmission capabilities). The upgraded ELITE SC only differs from the previous ELITE S version because of its ETSO/TSO-C142b and ETSO/TSO-C126c approval, which corresponds to new safety requirements for the installation and use of lithium batteries and cells in aircraft equipment.
General capabilities – high level of precision for localization – robustness
Once activated, automatically or manually, the battery capacity will allow to emit a long range redundant signal at -20°C for:
- The first 24 hours after activation on both 121.5 MHz and 406 MHz the COSPAS SARSAT "Search and Rescue" system
- A minimum of additional 24 hours (total 48 hours from activation) on 121.5 MHz homing distress frequencies
to assist SAR teams to localize the beacons with a typical precision of 1 Nautical Mile (NM).
Shock resistant (up to 500 g in any direction) and robust to operate by harsh environments down to -20°C, up to +55°C.
Cospas-Sarsat system offers independent ELT localization capabilities. Availability of local GPS localization offers an additional system redundancy.
The internal GPS receiver, primary additional localization source for Survival/Portable configuration, is used as a back up source for Automatic Fixed configuration after the crash or when the A/C data bus is not working properly.
Aircraft manufacturers and airlines equipped with ELiTe will be able to:
Use a single transmitter that acts as both a Survival/Portable ELT and an Automatic Fixed ELT
Reduce the cost of ownership of the equipment
Optimize space-savings and signal transmission capabilities thanks to the integrated antennas
ELiTe is a new-generation power pack that incorporates many safety features and removes internal connections by wires
ELiTe is equipped with a user-friendly LCD screen displaying comprehensive maintenance information and power pack charge status.
More than 350 airlines and most commercial aircrafts manufacturers worldwide are equipped with ECA Group’s ELTs
COSPAS-SARSAT type approved (TAC #291)
ETSO C126b / TSO C126b (per EUROCAE ED-62A/RTCA DO-204A ELT Minimum Operational Performance Standards[MOPS])
ETSO C142a / TSO C142a (per RTCA DO-227 Non Rechargeable Lithium Batteries Minimum Operational Performance Standards [MOPS] and safety, mandatory required for ETSO C126b/TSO C126b )
EUROCAE ED-62B/RTCA DO-204B (Minimum Operational Performance Specification for Aircraft Emergency Locator Transmitters 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz (Optional 243 MHz))
RTCA DO-227A (Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) for Non-Rechargeable Lithium Batteries)
ETSO/TSO-C126c (406 and 121.5 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitter)
ETSO/TSO-C142b (Non-Rechargeable Lithium Cells and Batteries)