Mike I think you are trying to pull a " War of the Worlds" stunt, how could
anyone possibly do these things you speak of. nice try though, you had me
going for a minute, and everyone else too I'll bet.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Borgelt" <mborgelt@borg...>
To: "Discussion of issues relating to Soaring in Australia."
Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 11:22 AM
Subject: Re: [Aus-soaring] 406Mhz beacons
> The mind boggles at how those American cowboys can be happy with
> beacons that don't meet AS/NZ standards and are half the price.
> I also must wonder why, when each beacon has a discrete code, there
> is any country coding at all.
> I've heard rumours that there are such things as databases which can
> run on PC's and a marvellous thing called the Internet. Allegedly you
> could enter the discrete code and find out who owns it anywhere in the
> At 11:04 AM 21/09/2009, you wrote:
> >Folks PLB info for your attention
> >I also advised that our knowledge of the number of beacons being
> >bought with the number being registered shows an approximate 25%
> >shortfall (not being registered). This is supported by
> >incidents/activations of late where beacons have not been registered
> >and therefore emergency contact details or likely targets/persons
> >involved are not known to the RCC and therefore potentially delaying
> >a SAR response.
> >Recently it has also come to our attention that in various aviation
> >online forums, discussions are being held about buying overseas
> >beacons on line because they are cheaper than buying a beacon in
> >Australia. Additionally there have been enquiries of Australian
> >Agents to recode beacons bought online from overseas. The agents are
> >refusing to do this. Additionally these beacons do not meet the
> >AS/NZ standard which is also a requirement of CAR252a.
> >I request CASA undertake a post transition education project to
> >encourage pilots and owners to:
> >1. Register their beacon. If it is an EPIRB or PLB then you can note
> >an aircraft registration against the beacon. Beacons can be
> >registered on line for free.
> >2. Educate/audit the industry to comply with CAR252a and switch to a
> >406 beacon.
> >3. Educate the industry that an overseas beacon does not conform
> >with AS/NZ standard, is not country coded to Australia and cannot be
> >recoded in Australia once bought.
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