SPOT is popular among glider pilots who can use it to send
their aircraft location in the event of an off-airport landing.
mode. Finally, verify that the LED over the
ON/OFF button is blinking green in unison
with the light over the OK button.” If you purchase an original SPOT Personal Tracker, I
suggest you practice this sequence before relying on the unit.
Fast-forward 18 months and I was donning
my tights and cape to teach Cessna 400—now
called the Corvalis T T—and Cessna 350 owners
attending a Cessna Advanced Aircraft Recurrent
Training seminar in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The
three-day course included ground seminars and
flight training to help pilots maintain their proficiency in these machines.
The evening before I departed, an e-mail from
Spot LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar, advised one
of the first production units of the new SPOT
Satellite GPS Messenger was available for me to
test. Luckily, SPOT’s office is 20 minutes from my
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ELTS AND PLBS
The COSPAS-SARSAT satellites stopped
monitoring 121. 5 MHz emergency locator
transmitters (ELTs) a year ago. Yet there’s no
requirement in the United States to install
new 406 MHz ELTs that, when activated,
send your GPS position via satellite, greatly
reducing search and rescue times.