Orolia Portable ELT Exchange Program

Orolia, the world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions, has launched an exchange program for aircraft operators to meet new EASA/FAA requirements for non-rechargeable lithium batteries in portable Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs).

This portable ELT exchange program includes a variety of Orolia’s Ultima-S configurations that are compatible with major aircraft manufacturer programs. It is available worldwide to any aircraft operator that is still flying with a DO-227A non-compliant beacon. Orolia’s Ultima-S portable ELT is now available for seamless, rapid integration to increase aviation safety and ensure compliance with EASA/FAA requirements.

About the New Ultima-S

Orolia’s Ultima-S portable ELT helps airlines enhance flight safety with the latest generation of lithium battery technology. It comes with an integrated GNSS receiver to report the accurate aircraft location to the nearest search and rescue authorities. Also, during evacuation situations, this portable ELT can help locate survivors after they have left the aircraft.

Ultima-S is the world’s first ELT to include a distress acknowledgment message feature based on Galileo’s Return Link Service (RLS), which provides the user with a confirmation that the distress signal was successfully received.

This new portable survival ELT is the latest addition to Orolia’s Ultima family of next generation ELTs, following the introduction of the Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS)-compliant Ultima-DT fixed ELT, which provides aircraft manufacturers and operators a comprehensive ELT solution to meet the latest safety standards


The RLS capability has been introduced under the international Cospas-Sarsat upgrade program MEOSAR. In addition to the H2020 HELIOS Program, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is funding the commercialization process for a new range of Galileo-enabled and RLS capable beacons for Civil Aviation under the TAUCETI project. It comprises the RLS-enabled distress beacons, the search and rescue payload on Galileo satellites, in addition to the ground-based receiving stations, Mission Control Centers and the Galileo Ground Mission Segment.

“This additional capability is a major improvement in the Search and Rescue process,” said Christian Belleux, Aviation Product Line Director at Orolia. “To receive a confirmation signal that your message has been received by the rescue services, meaning that a rescue team is on its way to save you, means a lot and makes the difference in the world for an end user in distress. Orolia’s technologies are continuously improved to provide the most accurate location and timing to Search and Rescue centers when help is needed. In a distress situation, every minute counts.”

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GSA/GRANT/02/2017/03 . This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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