C406-N PA 453-5068

ACR Artex - Programming Adapter (Factory Programmed)
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453-5068
- Blank Programming Adapter
Price Condition Delivery
$295.00 NEW OUTRIGHT IN STOCK

SEA Repair Capabilities: No

453-5078
- Programming Adapter (Factory Programmed)
Price Condition Delivery
$365.00 NEW OUTRIGHT CALL OR RFQ

SEA Repair Capabilities: No

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It depends on the make and model of the ELT. However, most 406 ELTs have a battery life of either 4 or 5 years. Most batteries can transmit for as long as 24 hours.
Most commonly utilized by fleet operators, the DGL-1 programming dongle allows an ELT to be transferred between aircraft without having to reprogram or re-register. The Artex DGL-1 is mounted on the ELT cover (see picture). The DGL-1 is not a memory device that stores multiple ELT coding formats. Instead, the aircraft 24 bit address is coded into the dongle by setting a series of small dip switches. The switches are accessed by removing 4 screws that attach the dongle to the ELT top cover. Inside the dongle, there are two rows of 12 switches (see picture). These 24 switches are used to set the aircraft's 24 bit address by way of binary 1s and 0s. 1s are electrical ground, 0s are electrically open.

A few other notes regarding the DGL-1:
  • The connector between the DGL-1 and ELT is only compatible with the C406 and G406 series ELTs.
  • The DGL-1 switches do not have to be set by an approved Artex programming facility.
  • The 24 bit address programmed via the DGL-1 switches overwrites any other programming on an ELT once it is powered on.
The 366 at the end of any Artex 406MHz ELT simply indicates that the unit is programmed for the USA serialized long message format. All Artex 406 ELTs (C406 and G406 series) except for the ME406 are shipped from Artex with the 366 programming unless you specify otherwise. For international applications, once the ELT is reprogrammed, the unit dataplate and box label is updated with the new programming information. An updated FAA Form 8130 is issued at this time as well.

Therefore, if you are searching for an Artex 406 ELT ending in the -366 such as 455-5015-[366], then you can use the base number (ex. 455-5015) in most cases.

If a problem is detected in the ELT, the LED will produce a coded signal. The LED will flash in order of importance with approximately .5 to 1 second pulse between each coded signal if multiple errors are present. The coded signal and related problems are as follows:

  • 1 flash indicates a G-switch loop open failure
  • 3 flashes indicate a 406 MHz transmitter problem such as defective or unconnected coax, low power output or programming error
  • 5 flashes indicate no navigation data present for ELTs interfaced to a GPS nav interface unit. This error is most likely due to faulty interface wiring, improper programming, invalid navigation data caused by nav system not powered up or GPS nav interface unit (P/N 453-6500) not being present
  • 7 flashes indicate a battery problem. Usually this occurs when the battery usage time is over an hour. A bench test by an approved Artex service center can indicate how many times the ELT has been activated and for how long

Southeast Aerospace has full bench test and programming capabilities for all Artex (Cobham) ELTs. Please contact the SEA Service Dept for any ELT service questions.

Even though the battery pack expires 5 years from the date the ELT is shipped from Artex, there are other factors that take priority. The Artex manual states that the battery pack must be replaced with a new battery pack in the following situations:
  • After use in an emergency
  • After an inadvertent activation of unknown duration
  • When the total of all known transmission exceed 1 hour
  • On or before the battery replacement data as indicated on the battery label

If any of these conditions are met, the battery must be replaced.

Artex batteries contain a microchip that records total activation time and number of activation times. The ELT tester will show this information when the unit is tested.