NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, France, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The first emergency locator transmitter with integrated GPS and built-in antenna, distributed by Thales of France, has been certified by Cospas-Sarsat.
The Kannad Automatic Fixed Integra Emergency Locator Transmitter, for use in commercial aviation, brings to market the optimal emergency beacon solution with unique features such as built-in Global Positioning System and internal antenna enabling automatic signal transmission in case of broken aircraft antenna or coaxial.
The newly designed Integra ELT is fully compliant with the 2010 French DGAC guidelines that require new DGAC registered aircraft to be integrated with a GPS as of July 1, 2012. A specific version for helicopters, with the G-Switch assembly angled downward, is also available.
Thales is the exclusive distributor of Kannad emergency beacons for the commercial aviation market and will work with the aircraft manufacturers to make the product available in their catalogs of optional avionics equipment.
Cospas-Sarsat is an international satellite system program -- coordinated by United States, Russia, France and Canada -- for emergency beacon signaling and location. It cooperates with the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Maritime Organization, the International Telecommunication Union and other international organizations to ensure the compatibility of the Cospas-Sarsat distress alerting services with the needs, the standards and the applicable recommendations of the international community.