GPIRB

Gordon,

Which GPIRB do you carry?

-Curt

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Which GPIRB do you carry?


I have the new http://www.nat-inc.com/gpirb2/gpirb2.htm>NAT in my airplane. This is a 406 MHz beacon which provides virtually instant notification via satellite to the worldwide [COPAS-SARSAT search and rescue system using its built-in GPS to locate you within about 30 feet. The GPIRB is about $1,000.

I like the GPIRB because

o Time-to-rescue is unbeatable, and that’s numero uno.
o It floats.
o It uniquely identifies you to COPAS-SARSAT.
o I can activate it on the way down in a heartbeat and it will still do its job even if I’m rendered unconscious upon landing.

Technically, EPIRBs and GPIRBs are not FCC approved for use in aircraft. (This has been pending forever.) They are, however, approved for boats. I have a raft in my airplane. Let’s call it a boat. Problem solved. ](http://www.cospas-sarsat.org/Index_Frame_English.html)

carry it in your luggage…then its just ‘lucky’…That’s the Feds for you, GPIRB and you can’t use it on the way down!

Gee, in an emergency (which is when you’d use the GPIRB) you can deviate from FAR’s as required. But I guess you still have to obey FCC regs?

Anyway, while I’m picking your brain what raft do you carry?

-Curt

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Anyway, while I’m picking your brain what raft do you carry?


Winslow Island Flyer. Consistently rated the best aviation liferaft.