406 MHz ELT Programming Information
Every ELT containing a 406 MHz transmitter is programmed to transmit a unique ELT identification code, otherwise known as a hex code. This hex code contains information that identifies the aircraft's country of registration, and ELT or aircraft identification. Registration of this hex code allows the proper government authorities, in the aircraft’s registered country, to assist in an emergency situation.
When a hex code is transmitted to the satellite, it is then broadcasted to a rescue coordination center. The rescue coordination center will decode the hex code, cross-reference the registration, and initiate the search and rescue process. Registering your beacon helps to eliminate false alarms, which divert search and rescue resources away from genuine emergencies.
Warning: Unregistered transmitters may cause search and rescue processing delays. Ensuring that your 406 MHz PLB, ELT or EPIRB is registered, as well as updating the information regularly, will facilitate the task for search and rescue personnel in the event of a distress situation.
Initiate ELT, Dongle, or Adapter Programming
To properly program an ELT, we need some information from you. You will also need information from the manufacturer to ensure the ELT is properly installed and registered.
To begin your ELT Programming, you must first log in to your account. Once logged in, follow our form below and submit to initiate programming. One of our customer service representatives will reach out after you submit the order. If you prefer to fill out our pdf forms, download the ELT Programming file from the links below. Email your completed form to email@example.com and a sales rep will follow up.
*Note: If you are registering an ELT for Canadian use, please provide the 24-bit address as other identification forms are not always accepted by the Canadian Beacon Registry.