Past Due ELT Batteries



There is a requirement for an annual ELT check to be entered into the aircraft logbooks. The batteries must be replaced prior to the expiration date or when half of their useful life has passed. Some ELT battery packs are only made and approved by the manufacturer, and others can use standard D cell batteries. Both of these were discovered to be past due when they came in for a condition inspection.

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Vic Syracuse
Vic is a fixed-wing and helicopter commercial pilot, CFII with ASMEL/ASES ratings, an A&P/IA, DAR, and EAA technical advisor and flight counselor. Passionately involved in aviation for over 40 years, he has built 11 aircraft and logged over 10,000 hours in 72 different kinds of aircraft. Vic volunteers as a Young Eagle pilot, has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation, and has written two books on aircraft prebuy and condition inspections.


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