Canadian Aviation Regulations
605.38 (1) Subject to subsection (3), no person shall operate an aircraft unless it is equipped with one or more ELTs in accordance with subsection (2).
(2) An aircraft set out in column I of an item of the table to this subsection shall, for the area of operation set out in column II of the item, be equipped with the quantity and type of ELTs referred to in column III of that item, which ELTs shall be armed, if so specified in the aircraft flight manual, aircraft operating manual, pilot operating handbook or equivalent document provided by the manufacturer.
Column I Column II Column III Item Aircraft Area of Operation Minimum Equipment 1 All aircraft except those referred to in subsection (3) Over land One ELT of Type AD, AF, AP, A or F 2 Large multi-engined turbo-jet aeroplanes engaged in an air transport service carrying passengers Over water at a distance from land that requires the carriage of life rafts pursuant to section 602.63 Two ELTs of Type W or S or one of each 3 All aircraft that require an ELT other than those set out in item 2 Over water at a distance from land that requires the carriage of life rafts pursuant to section 602.63 One ELT of Type W or S
(3) An aircraft referred to in subsection (1) may be operated without an ELT on board where the aircraft is
(a) a glider, balloon, airship, ultra-light aeroplane or gyroplane;
(b) [Repealed, SOR/2002-345, s. 2]
(c) registered under the laws of a contracting state or a state that is a party to an agreement entered into with Canada relating to interstate flying, and is equipped with a serviceable radio transmitter that
(i) is approved by the state of registry for search and rescue purposes, and
(ii) has a distinctive audio signal and is capable of communication on the frequency of 121.5 MHz, or simultaneously on the frequencies of 121.5 MHz and 243.0 MHz;
(d) operated by the holder of a flight training unit operating certificate, engaged in flight training and operated within 25 nautical miles of the aerodrome of departure;
(e) engaged in a flight test;
(f) a new aircraft engaged in flight operations incidental to manufacture, preparation or delivery of the aircraft;
(g) operated for the purpose of permitting a person to conduct a parachute descent within 25 nautical miles of the aerodrome of departure; or
(h) operated in accordance with section 605.39.
(4) If an aircraft is equipped with one or more ELTs that transmit on the 406 MHz frequency, the owner shall register each ELT with
(a) the Canadian Beacon Registry; or
(b) the appropriate authority of the country identified in the coded message transmitted by the ELT.
- SOR/2002-345, s. 2
- SOR/2020-238, s. 5
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