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406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitter

Model Number: 453-5002

The Artex C406-1 transmits on all 3 emergency frequencies (121.5/243.0 and 406 MHz). The ELT automatically activates during a crash and transmits the standard swept tone on 121.5 and 243.0 MHz. It also transmits a 406 MHz encoded digital message to the Cospas/Sarsat satellite system, which allows for rapid identification and reduces Search and Rescue response time.

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The C406-1 has been tested to meet the rigorous requirements of TSO C126 including 500 G shock, 1000 pound crush as well as flame and vibration tests. The C406-1 is available for use with Artex's low cost whip antennas, rod antenna or a blade antenna. The C406-1 may be interfaced with the optional Artex ELT/NAV Interface enabling latitude and longitude data to be transmitted as part of the 406 MHz message. The C406-1 uses a single coax cable to accommodate all three frequencies. The C406-1 ELT is available for fixed wing with a single-directional G-Switch and helicopter (HM) applications with a multi-axis G-Switch. 

ARTEX ELTs are the choice of commercial aircraft including Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer and business Jets including Cessna, Beechcraft, Quest, Gulfstream and Embraer.

Immediate Search and Rescue response with completed registration

  • Operating on 121.5, 243, and 406 MHz frequencies
  • Worldwide coverage
  • Compatible with ELT to Navigation Interface
  • Helicopter Model Available (453-5003)
  • 5-year battery life (Replacement Battery Part No. 452-0133)
  • If you use it...we'll replace it, Free of Charge.  Simply submit your story, send us back your used beacon so we can have it mounted on our Wall of Fame and we'll send you a brand new beacon of equal or greater value.


  • TSO C126
  • ETSO 2C126
  • Cospas/Sarsat Approved
  • Transport & Industry Canada Approved



Model C406-1
Antenna Options Available Rod: 110-338; Blade: 110-340
Operating Frequencies 406 MHz, 121.5 & 243. MHz +/- 0.005% (A3X)
Ouput Power 406 MHz: 5 W +/- 2 dB (520 ms / 50 sec) for 24 hours @ -20°C, 121.5/243.0 MHz: 100 mW minimum (+20 dBm) for 50 hours @ -20°C
Output Connector BNC Female (121.5/243.0/406 MHz)
Activation Automatic by 4.5 feet per second (2.3 G) Primary G-Switch or Manual Activation
Battery 5 year Lithium (LiMnO2, solid cathode), Replacement Battery Part No. 452-0133
Temperature Certified to: Operating: -20°C to +55°C, Storage: -55°C to +85°C
Self Test G-Switch Enabled, 406 MHz Power, Antenna/Coax Connection, Position Data Present, Low Battery
Remote Switch ON/ARM
Weights (with tray) ELT Transmitter: 3.16 lbs (1.43 kg), Mounting Tray: 1.08 lbs (448 g), Total Weight: 4.24 lbs (1.9 kg)
Measurements ELT Transmitter with mounting hardware installed 11.74” (298 mm)L x 3.9: (99 mm)H x 3.82” (97 mm)W


ELT Kit Number Antenna Remote Switch & Accessories Manuals / Approvals / Downloads
C406-1 Base Pack List 455-5002 Pack List
C406-1 Pack List 455-5007 110-340 and 110-340-01 (protective edge)
Pack List
C406-1 Pack List 455-5014 110-338 (white) and 110-338-01 (black)
Pack List
C406-1 Pack List 455-5015 110-340 and 110-340-01 (protective edge)
Pack List
C406-1 Pack List 455-5045 110-341
Pack List
C406-1 Pack List 455-5046 110-343 (white) and 110-343-01 (black)
Pack List


Warranty Length: 30 months from date of installation of the Goods on Buyer's solution. 24 months from the date of dispatch of Goods by the Supplier

Warranty coverage is effectively extended from previous warranties offered on Artex products. To qualify for warranty coverage, a customer must do one of two things.

1) Provide the original packing list from Artex with a shipping date on it. The warranty period expires 24 months from the date shipped on the packing list.

2) Provide proof of installation date (Logbook entry, signed copy of the FAA form 337 the ELT was installed under, or other documentation stating such).

If the customer is unable to provide either methods of documentation, the warranty will apply for 24 months from date of manufacture listed on the ELT product label, with a 6 month installation grace period - effectively 30 months.

For any inquiries regarding warranties, feel free to contact Artex products technical support at: artexsupport@acrartex.com or by phone at USA 954-981-3333.

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