406 MHz ELT for Mexico

406 MHz ELT for Mexico

As posted on the AOPA website, Mexican regulation NOM-012-SCT3-2001 requires that as of July 1, 2008 all aircraft flying to Mexico must have a 406 MHz ELT. Caribbean Sky Tours and AOPA have jointly presented formal requests that US registered aircraft be exempted from this requirement due to the fact that US aircraft are not required to have a 406 MHz ELT in the US. I spoke with the Director of Aviaiton of the DGAC today,(the department responsible for this regulation) and they are looking favorably at our requests and trying to find a legal solution. We hope to have more details by the end of next week.

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Hello Rick,

Do you have any more information on the actual Mexican regulation?  I have tried to search the NOM-012-SCT3-2001, but I have come up empty handed.  We are watching this issue very closely, and trying to make sense of the regulation and enforcement actions.  I applaud your efforts with the AOPA in working with the DGAC to exempt US operators.  I would really appreciate any info you could provide, specifically if you could steer me in the direction of a copy of the regulation.  I can be reached at (614) 239-2964 if you would prefer to speak with me on the phone.

Thanks!

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Itried to contact you. I have the entire regulation, let me know how to contact you.

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I just hung up with the Director of Aviation of Mexico's DGAC. The following is a summary of our conversation and the posiiton that the DGAC is moving towards.

An official circular will be generated shortly but the DGAC's position is that general aviation aircraft that have not upgraded their 121.5 MHz ELT will be exempted from the Mexican regulation and no 406 MHz ELT would be required. Aircraft that upgrade their ELT's would require a 406 MHz ELT. The DGAC strongly recommends, however, that aircraft visiting Mexico carry a personal 406 MHz PLB.

So, if you are planning to travel to Mexico in the coming weeks, you should not have any issues with this regulation. If anyone has any doubts or additional questions you can contact me at 1-866-420-9265.

I want to thank the Mexican DGAC for taking our petition into consideration and for working with us as closely as they have.

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Although unofficial verbal communications have indicated a willingness to allow U.S. registered aircraft to operate in Mexico without complying with the 406 MHz ELT requirement, THERE IS STILL NO OFFICIAL PUBLICATION from the Mexican DGAC on this matter.  As early as today we received additional feedback from within the DGAC indicating that this issue is being addressed at the highest levels of the DGAC and that a resolution is forthcoming. In the meantime, the July 1’st date continues to be the “official” date. We will continue to monitor this situation and make all attempts to obtain an official statement prior to July 1, 2008. We will continue to publish updates on the NEWS page of the Caribbean Sky Tours website.

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Rick,

I've been following your thread here, I was curious as to if anything official has been released?

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Hello Jay, I spoke with the Director of Aviation on Friday and a final draft was ready for signature. He promised a copy as soon as it has been signed by the Director General.

I am also keeping a running log on the NEWS page of our website.

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Please advise as to the status of the 406 elt requirement at this time.I am intending to fly a charter flight under Part 135 into Ensenada this week and would like to be sure that the commercial flight in a Cessna 421 piston twin will not be subjected to this requirement.
Also, as an operator of a Cessna 421C Golden Eagle, its great to know about this website.Please add me to your email list.

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Hello Bob, at this time we have essentially been given a 1 year repreieve by the DGAC. There are a number of things Caribbean Sky Tours will be doing this year to continue to address this issue. You should not have a problem. We have a number of free services and links on our website that you might find useful for your trip.

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Which are approved 406 ELTs and PLBs for Part 91 US registered aircraft flying in Canada?  Singles, multi, or weight limitations? Is auto activation required? What type of battery is required?  Does 406 units need Canadian approved a placard?  Can the ACR MicrOFix PLB be used in conjuction with my fixed 121.5 elt?

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For a 406 MHz ELT to meet ICAO requirements it needs to be a TSO 126 compliant unit. Most governments are requiring a fixed automatic unit. This rules out PLB's. We have made a formal proposal to the Mexican government to allow a 406 MHz PLB in conjunction with a fixed automatic 121.5 ELT.  We are also working closely with Canada's COPA (equivalent of AOPA) to compare strategies and precedents to try and get changes made to ruulings to allow PLB's to be used.

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What's the latest of the requirement for the 406 MHz ELT?
Is the Mexican Government going to begin enforcing the regulation July 1st, 2009?

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Hi Rick

Whats the rule about 406 ELT as of today for US reg a/c fjying in Mexico?

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Update.
Canada: As many are aware, Canada did a 180 degree about face and the 406 MHz ELT are not required. There is new regulation working its way through the approval process to define what will be considered as "alternatives". In the meantime, the prior Canadian regulations remain in effect.

Mexico: We have been given a second reprieve until October 1, 2009. We have a major initiative underway at this time. As soon as we have more information that we can share we will pass along.

Bahamas: The Bahamas government has expemted aircraft from requiring 406 MHz ELT's for 2 years. I expect that at the end of those 2 years there will be another extension unless the FAA does something.

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Our meetings, letters, emails and lobbying have paid off once again. We have been working closely with the Mexican DGAC for two years now on this topic and have been successful in obtaining two postponements of the 406 MHz ELT deadline. Since the last extension, we have continued to meet with the Mexican DGAC (civil aviation) and we have received official notification today that a third postponement has been issued moving the deadline once again to April 2, 2010.

We will have more details on our NEWS page shortly for those that want the details. We want to thank AOPA, members of COO and the many customers of Caribbean Sky Tours who have supported our efforts and provided us with technical information that has been extremely beneficial in the presentations and documents that we have been submitting to the DGAC. We will continue working on this topic.

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