Skyhunter 406 ELT owners please read

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Skyhunter 406 ELT owners please read

#1 Post by photofly » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:59 pm

If you didn’t know, the manufacturer (outfit in Breslau, ON) went out of business a couple of years ago leaving everyone high and dry. That means that the ELT units are all going to be worthless scrap when the batteries expire, as they stopped manufacturing the battery packs at the same time. For me, that’s in May 2019, at which point I will own a thousand dollar yellow paperweight.

If anyone else is in this boat, let me know. There may be a way to get approved spares made, they’re just off the shelf cells with a connector, after all. But it would be easier if lots of people will want them.
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Re: Skyhunter 406 ELT owners please read

#2 Post by ahramin » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:19 pm

I was just speaking to a company in the US that could legally redo and recertify the battery pack on those 406s for $300 USD + shipping. If that's in your price range and you want the name I can figure out who it was. Personally I'd stop throwing good money after bad and buy something else.

Though there really is no good answer for who to get an ELT from is there? Each company has had their issues, some obviously much more than others.
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Re: Skyhunter 406 ELT owners please read

#3 Post by photofly » Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:31 am

All ELT Li-SO2 battery packs (including the original one) are about $250, so the price isn't much higher. I don't see why I should throw away a working ELT, buy another for $1500 and and pay $1000 to have it installed when a new battery pack is good for another five years. It's just 4 off-the-shelf Li-SO2 D cells strapped together. It's just the paperwork itself is made of unobtanium.

So yes, contact details for that shop would be very welcome.
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#4 Post by ahramin » Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:53 pm

Found it:

http://merlinc.net/

Don't quote me on that price, I think the $300 may not have included the paperwork. It was a couple weeks ago.
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