Orolia GroupKannad Aviation

Kannad Aviation offer high quality, technologically advanced emergency location beacons

Kannad Aviation is a business of the Orolia Group (NYSE Alternext Paris – FR0010501015 – ALORO) a high-technology group specialised in precise Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT). Since 2006, the Orolia Group has established itself as one of the leaders in PNT solutions at a global level through its strong brands: Spectracom, SpectraTime, T4Science, Boatracs, McMurdo, Kannad Aviation and Kannad Marine.

As a world leader in the field of aeronautical and military distress beacons, Kannad Aviation inc SARBE has saved thousands of lives over many decades. The Kannad Aviation range is a high quality, technologically advanced selection of emergency location beacon products including ELTs (Emergency Locator Transmitters) and PLBs (Personal Locator Beacons), designed with pilots and operators in mind to cover all types of aircraft, from airliners to light aircraft, and military applications. As part of international committees, professional associations and regulation commissions, Kannad Aviation stays at the forefront of technology, with its product range encompassing a number of innovative features that benefit both the user and the search and rescue authorities, ensuring a high level of safety for all customers when enjoying their work or hobby.

Kannad Aviation’s range of ELTs and PLBs are used to alert search and rescue services in the event of an emergency. They do this by transmitting a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency. This message is then relayed via satellite and earth stations to the nearest rescue co-ordination centre. Working with the COSPAS-SARSAT geostationary and polar orbiting satellite system, which provides true global coverage, the satellites can determine the position of an ELT or PLB to within 5km (3 miles).

In addition, GPS-enabled ELTs and PLBs will typically alert the rescue services within 3 minutes, with these models capable of providing positional accuracy of +/- 62 metres with regular position updates, greatly reducing the time it takes for the SAR authorities to arrive on the scene. All Kannad Aviation ELTs and PLBs also have a secondary distress transmitter. This transmits on 121.5 MHz and is used for ‘homing’ purposes. When the rescue services get close, this allows them to ‘home in’ on the signal.

The Kannad Aviation inc SARBE range includes the SARBE G2R PLB and SARBE G2R ELT, together with the SARBE 6-406 PLB and SARBE 10 Submarine PLB. ELTs are attached to an aircraft and are registered to particular aircraft, whereas PLBs offer a lower-cost option, are portable and registered to an individual rather than an aircraft.

Within the Kannad Aviation product range, SARBE ELTs and PLBs are manufactured in Portsmouth, England and the remainder of the range is manufactured in Guidel, France. Sales and customer service departments are based in both France and the UK, supporting a global network of distributors and service dealers. With a workforce of over 120 people, Kannad Aviation is proud to be producing high quality emergency locator beacon products for export all over the world.


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