10-2-10. EMERGENCY LOCATOR TRANSMITTER (ELT) SIGNALS

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  • 10-2-10. EMERGENCY LOCATOR TRANSMITTER (ELT) SIGNALS

    When an ELT signal is heard or reported:

    1. EN ROUTE. Notify the Rescue Coordination Center (RCC).

      NOTE: FAA Form 7210-8, ELT INCIDENT, contains standardized format for coordination with the RCC.

      • REFERENCE
      • FAAO JO 7210.3, Para 9-3-1, FAA Form 7210-8, ELT Incident.
    2. TERMINAL. Notify the ARTCC which will coordinate with the RCC.
      • NOTE:
      • 1. Operational ground testing of emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) has been authorized during the first 5 minutes of each hour. To avoid confusing the tests with an actual alarm, the testing is restricted to no more than three audio sweeps.
      • 2. Controllers can expect pilots to report aircraft position and time the signal was first heard, aircraft position and time the signal was last heard, aircraft position at maximum signal strength, flight altitude, and frequency of the emergency signal (121.5/243.0). (See AIM, Para 6-2-5, Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT).)
    3. TERMINAL. Attempt to obtain fixes or bearings on the signal.
    4. Solicit the assistance of other aircraft known to be operating in the signal area.
    5. TERMINAL. Forward fixes or bearings and any other pertinent information to the ARTCC.

      NOTE: Fix information in relation to a VOR or VORTAC (radial-distance) facilitates accurate ELT plotting by RCC and should be provided when possible.

    6. EN ROUTE. When the ELT signal strength indicates the signal may be emanating from somewhere on an airport or vicinity thereof, notify the on-site technical operations personnel and the Regional Operations Center (ROC) for their actions. This action is in addition to the above.
    7. TERMINAL. When the ELT signal strength indicates the signal may be emanating from somewhere on the airport or vicinity thereof, notify the on-site technical operations personnel and the ARTCC for their action. This action is in addition to the above.
    8. Air traffic personnel must not leave their required duty stations to locate an ELT signal source.

      NOTE: Portable hand-carried receivers assigned to air traffic facilities (where no technical operations personnel are available) may be loaned to responsible airport personnel or local authorities to assist in locating the ELT signal source.

    9. EN ROUTE. Notify the RCC and the ROC if signal source is located/terminated.
    10. TERMINAL. Notify the ARTCC if signal source is located/terminated.
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