Kannad Aviation News
- Published on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 08:11
The first of Kannad Aviation’s new Integra 406 GPS Emergency Locator Beacons (ELTs) have been presented to the Yakovlevs Aerobatic display team, Somerset, UK. This vital safety equipment has been developed by Kannad Aviation, the world leader in the field of aeronautical distress beacons.
The Integra ELT is unrivalled, it is the only ELT to have an internal 406MHz antenna and embedded GPS receiver and be fully portable. Once activated in an emergency, the Integra ELT transmits unique ID and target position information including GPS coordinates, even when removed from the aircraft. Search and rescue services are alerted to the Integra’s distress signal and can respond accordingly using the valuable owner and location information included in the Integra’s transmission. These combined capabilities make the Integra ELT the only choice to fit to their planes.
The Yakovlevs perform at major air shows as well as at private air displays and special events. Their 13-minute long showcase of formation aerobatics is performed at extremely close quarters and includes skilled head-to-head passes. Led by Captain Jez Hopkinson, the team fly Russian Yak 50 and Super Yak 52 aircraft, reaching speeds of up to 400kph, from their base at Henstridge Airfield, Somerset.
The Kannad Integra ELTs will be retrofitted by a Kannad Aviation Service Centre to each of the five Yak aircraft. Jez Hopkinson, says; “The team are delighted to receive the Kannad Integra ELTs from Kannad Aviation. We have carried Kannad Aviation products onboard for some years, and now having this new failsafe ELT will give each pilot real peace of mind in flight, knowing that should they encounter an issue the emergency services will be alerted immediately to their position. “
“This is really important to us especially as we frequently fly over water to shows in Ireland, France and the Netherlands. We have recently returned from a series of shows in China where we were flying over huge expanses of uninhabited land; the Integra’s ability to continue transmitting even if it has to be removed from the aircraft gives us real assurance in this sort of situation. Not only is the device lightweight and portable, but the way it is fitted to the aircraft means that it can be easily removed if our manoeuvres require this. ”