Founded in August 1971 as a distributor of avionics equipment and supplies, Artex was incorporated in Oregon in 1974.
Difficulties created by lithium batteries forced Leigh Systems, producer of the Sharc7 ELT and Artex's largest supplier out of business in 1979. In January 1980, Artex applied for and received a Technical Standard Order from the FAA, giving Artex the right to build and distribute magnesium battery packs for the Leigh Sharc7 Units. Artex went on to receive FAA approval to manufacture battery packs for all the popular brands of ELTs.
During 1983, Artex established a world wide distribution network. In 1985, Artex received certification to repair and certify all major brands of TSO C91 ELTs and in June of 1987, the military qualified Artex to manufacture government products under MIL-I-45208A.
Artex started to manufacture its own ELTs in the first quarter of 1990. This new product, the Artex ELT 110-4, transmits on operating frequencies of 121.5 and 243.0 MHz. Development of a second ELT product adding the operating frequency of 406 MHz was completed and the product was introduced to the market in 1994. In recent years, Artex began manufacturing the C406-N ELT with integrated ELT to NAV interface enabling the ELT to transmit the latitude and longitude of the aircraft position as well as focused on designing and manufacturing smaller, lighter and less expensive ELTs to accommodate the growing requirement to upgrade to the new 406 MHz technology.
In April of 1998, Artex was purchased by Chelton Electrostatics, a Cobham Group company, located in Marlow, England. The purpose of the acquisition was not only to broaden Chelton's diverse product line but also to support Artex in its own international and domestic growth.
In 1999, Artex introduced the C406 Series three-frequency ELT with TSO C126 compliance.
The G406 Series, a three-frequency ELT for the General Aviation market was certified in 2001.
Introduction of the C406-N, first three-frequency ELT with integral ELT-NAV interface in 2003 revolutionized the Search and Rescue performance by reducing the search area from 20 km to 100 meters.
The release of the ME406 Series ELT, the smallest, lightest and least expensive 406 MHz ELT in 2005 to the market on a world-wide basis allows the private pilot / aircraft owner to upgrade to this new technology with unprecedented cost efficiency.
The future is already here!