Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) usage in CEPT
This table gives an overview of the PLB usage in the listed CEPT countries. It is updated by ECO when new information is received from CEPT administrations. Therefore ECO cannot be made responsible for any harm caused by use of this information. For the most up-to-date information on PLB, users are advised to directly contact relevant authorities within CEPT administrations.
Definition of PLB:
Abbreviation PLB comes from the words PERSONAL LOCATOR BEACON. The equipment operates in the Cospas-Sarsat system using the same frequencies as EPIRBs onboard ships and ELTs onboard aircraft. PLB is, however, smaller in size and easier to carry. PLB equipment operates in the certain portion of the 406 MHz band, which is monitored by satellites. The majority of PLB equipment also transmit on the aeronautical distress frequency 121,5 MHz for homing purposes. The latest models are fitted with in-built satellite positioning receiver; which means that the PLB transmission already includes accurate position. This enables faster mobilization of search and rescue operations by authorities.
Where a PLB is used within an administration in column 3 “where” indicate is this for use in land, sea or air.
Regarding the Licence column, if all is used for “where” is this an indication that a licence is required or only a national registration process.
Certificate applies to a radio operator’s certificate.
- PLB must be programmed and either licenced or registered to the satisfaction of the national administration;
- PLB is neither an EPIRB nor an ELT, because of its characteristics and mechanical structure.
For more information, please see the home page of Cospas-Sarsat
CEPT administrations are welcome to provide updates to Susanne Have ([email protected]
Updated: 24 November 2023, 11:34