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Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)

I'm looking for a good PLB to purchase. It should include a GPS so it transmits its position with the standard 406MHz signal. Size, weight, battery life and cost are the main factors.

So far the most attractive offer (and the best price) I have found is the Kannad Safelink Solo.

I was going to suggest the one beow, only because I have one, but the one you found by the same company is smaller and cheaper, and more in line with your requirements.

http://www.transair.co.uk/sp+PLB-Personal-Locator-Beacons-McMurdo-EPIRB-Kannad-XS-4-PLB-406MHz-With-GPS+3181

However, not long after we got our PLB, the airfield where my N-reg plane is based had a visit by the FAA who took one look at the fixed ELT we are required to carry on board and instructed us to upgrade to the 406MHz type, so now we have two.

I have a fixed Kannad 406 MHz ELT (required in Germany) and am now looking at a PLB to help in case of a forced landing on water.

For 200 quid you get a device that at the push of a button orders a helicopter shuttle with a 180° business class seat and it works worldwide. Not bad

At Friedrichshafen this year I asked Kannad what is the difference between their new "little" ones and the bigger older ones. The man said that apart from battery life the small ones don't float.

However I don't think any of these are meant to transmit while floating in water - unlike the old style units (called EPIRBs) like this one which I have, since 2003 (121.5+406, no GPS).

In 2007 I bought this one which is 121.5+406, GPS.

In the aircraft I have the Kannad AF Compact which replaced the old Artex 121.5+243 unit - writeup here.

Administrator
Shoreham EGKA, United Kingdom

@achima did you finally purchased the Kannad Safelink Solo ?
if so, are you happy with your puchase ? If not, which PLB did you purchase ?

jfw
Belgium: EBGB (Grimbergen, Brussels) - EBAW (Antwerp) - EBNM (Namur), Belgium

Achim left EuroGA last year and doesn’t want to come back, even to respond to posts directed to him

Administrator
Shoreham EGKA, United Kingdom

Hm, I’m afraid I cannot at that; rather the contrary in fact. His postings added much value and interest. Then again, of course, people come and go, on forums like everywhere.

EBZH Kiewit, Belgium

Well, I agree but as you say there is little one can do about it. Especially when one starts to list all the varied reasons over which people leave (talking generally here). I have been involved here for over 4 years and believe me you don’t want to see that list. And most come back, sometimes under another name.

Administrator
Shoreham EGKA, United Kingdom

Well that’s life…

Anyway does anyone have useful input on PLB ? I am planning to purchase one (note: mainly reason being not-related to aviation but trips in remote areas).
Was potentially looking for a “Kannak Safelink Solo GPS” and I am looking for comments/suggestions on this…

Last Edited by jfw at 07 Feb 13:22
jfw
Belgium: EBGB (Grimbergen, Brussels) - EBAW (Antwerp) - EBNM (Namur), Belgium

Perhaps nobody is saying much because unless one has used the device and been picked up (or perhaps not, but managed to survive anyway), who can really say very much about their PLB? Like everyone, I hope to never find out how good or bad mine is. All I can tell you about the one I chose (a McMurdo Fastfind 220) is that it’s more compact than I expected, lightweight and the instructions seem clear and easy to follow.

There is this page on rescues which at the very least confirms that PLBs can and do work: http://www.mcmurdomarine.com/rescues

McMurdo and Kannad are both brands of Orolia Group

EGTT, The London FIR
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