Thales has introduced what is claims is the first emergency locator transmitter with integrated GPS and built-in antenna for aircraft.
The so-called Integra ELT product, which was developed by Kannad Aviation but is distributed by Thales, is fully compliant with the 2010 French DGAC guidelines that require new DGAC registered aircraft to be integrated with a GPS as of 1 July 2012. Integra ELT is the "optimal emergency beacon solution with unique features such as built-in GPS and internal antenna enabling automatic signal transmission in case of broken aircraft antenna or coaxial", said Thales, adding: "Airlines will benefit from a 30% saving in weight and size compared to previous generation equipment. This will leads to lower operating and maintenance costs as well as greater reliability."
A specific version for helicopters is also available.
Thales is the exclusive distributor of Kannad emergency beacons for the commercial aviation market and said it "will work with the aircraft manufacturers to make this new product available in their catalogues of optional avionics equipment".