UK based Techtest has developed yet another variant in its long established line of 406MHz Personal Locator Beacons. This series of products makes full use of the Cospas Sarsat search and rescue satellite system to minimise the detection and location time in an emergency.
Techtest pioneered the early integration of a GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver into portable emergency beacons to provide levels of position accuracy previously only associated with installed aviation emergency transmitters. In particular, the Series 500-27 personal locator beacon with GPS has demonstrated its effectiveness not only in real emergencies, but also during many trials which include tests under extreme climatic conditions in Antarctica during RAF Expedition Southern Reach, and live ejection seat testing by Martin-Baker for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
The 500-32 Series of PLB's offers similar features but in a more compact case. Smaller in all dimensions with a 35% reduction in volume over the 500-27-07 PLB whilst providing the same performance. The use of state-of-the-art battery technology and optimised electronics has enabled Techtest to produce a truly revolutionary package, providing a small beacon that can still operate for 48 hours at -20°C.
After rigorous testing the 500-32 series of ELT(s) or PLB has recently been awarded a COSPAS SARSAT type approval (Certificate No. 223).
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