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Rotorcraft Report: Becker Introduces New Locator Beacon

By Staff Writer | April 1, 2009
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Unveiled at Heli-Expo 2009, Becker Avionics’ new, ruggedized MR510 personal locator beacon offers extra performance and safety for helicopter pilots. The hand-sized unit is built to operate "for 48 hours rather than 24, and to withstand temperatures down to -40° C rather than -20° C," said Lon Arnold, Becker Avionics’ director of marketing. The MR510 is compatible with the new 406MHz PLB frequencies and Compas-Sarsat regulations. Other features include reduced weight, size and power consumption compared to Becker’s MR509, which the MR510 replaces. The MR510 also has water immersion activation, V/UHF voice commendation built in and a 16-channel GPS receiver. It is designed to be operated using one hand. Becker Avionics said the combination of Cospas-Sarsat and GPS technology means that the MR510 can provide locational accuracy up to 120 meters, even during constant movement in rough seas. The MR510 will be released during the second half of 2009.

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