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Whitepaper: Development of an Enhanced Emergency Locator Transmitter for General Aviation

by SAE InternationalJan 01, 2008

This paper has presented the results of a research project to design, develop, and test an Enhanced Emergency Locator Transmitter system that combines wireless communications and Global Positioning Systems with a network of inexpensive sensors for crash detection. Efforts to date have successfully designed and constructed a working prototype system. Successful operation of the prototype has been demonstrated in establishing a wireless web connection between the Mobile Unit and the Base Station. This paper has discussed the system requirements, summarized the design of the Mobile Unit and Base Station, and presented the results of performance tests to date.