Artex Timeline

1971    

Founded in August 1971 as a distributor of avionics equipment and supplies.

1980

Artex receives a Technical Standard Order from the FAA, giving Artex the right to build and distribute battery packs for all the popular brands of ELTs.

1987

The military qualifies Artex to manufacture government products under MIL-I-45208A.

1990

Artex starts to manufacture its own ELT, the 110-4.

1994

Development of a second ELT product, adding the operating frequency of 406 MHz, is completed.

1998

Artex is purchased by Chelton, a Cobham Group company.

1999

In 1999, Artex introduces the C406 Series three-frequency ELT with TSO C126 compliance.

2003

Introduction of the C406-N, the first three-frequency ELT with integral ELT-NAV interface, which revolutionized Search and Rescue performance by reducing the search area from 20 km to 100 meters.

2005

The release of the ME406 Series ELT which allows the private pilot / aircraft owner to upgrade to the 406 MHz technology with unprecedented cost efficiency.

2012

ARTEX joins forces with ACR Electronics to create the largest dedicated life-saving beacons operation in the world.  Now located in Fort Lauderdale Forida, ACR and ARTEX now can leverage multiple technology platforms and resources to manufacture life saving equipment.