Emergency Location of Aircraft

The CAA is considering what improvements can be made to its domestic equipage requirements for locating an aircraft in an emergency. Feedback from the aviation community and CAA experience has revealed issues with the performance of emergency location transmitters (ELTs).

From 12 Sep to 24 Nov 2014 we sought the aviation community’s feedback on the:

  • Proposed objectives for emergency location of aircraft domestically
  • Assessment of the technologies and how these meet the proposed objectives
  • Options proposed by the CAA for addressing the problem.

Consultation has now closed. You can review the consultation document and summary of submissions below:

Summary of Submissions - Emergency Location of Aircraft Project (PDF)

Emergency Location of Aircraft - Consultation Document (PDF)

Based on the CAA’s analysis and careful consideration of the submissions received from the aviation community, the CAA is proposing to:

  1. Revise and amend the ELT Advisory Circular with the aim of making immediate improvements to ELT performance within the scope of the current rules;
  2. Recommend that the Minister of Transport initiate rule development work to draft performance based rules for emergency location technology domestically;
  3. Adopt a new international standard for ELTs (to replace the current TSO standard), which is due to become available in 2017/18;
  4. Develop promotional material to educate the aviation community on ELT issues and notify them of the regulatory changes;
  5. Improve CAA recording of ELT activation in accident reporting.

The considerations behind these proposals can be reviewed in the final policy paper below:

Domestic policy for the emergency location of aircraft (PDF 407 KB)

Further information and updates will be notified as this work develops. The proposed rule amendment will require the CAA to work with the Ministry of Transport to seek Cabinet’s agreement. There will be further opportunities for you to provide input.