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Briefing February 2013 Issue

Briefing: February 2013

Velcro Banned For ELT Mounts

The FAA says Velcro-type hook-and-loop fasteners can’t be used to secure emergency locator transmitters designed and built after Nov. 26, 2012. The new rule came two years after a high-profile crash that killed Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and four others. The ELT in their Otter came loose on impact and detached from the antenna. The ELT was working properly, but its signals were not transmitted. Aircraft owners aren’t required to replace current ELT straps, but at least one manufacturer already is working to design an inexpensive retrofit option.

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