Underwater Locator Device (ULD)
What if an aircraft disappears from the flight radar and is nowhere to be found. On land, it is relatively easy to search and find the aircraft. But when an accident occurs above the ocean, it is without saying much more difficult to find it and to get to know what has happened.
We need to know what happened...
To facilitate this in the future, a new Underwater Locator Device (ULD) has been recommended by ICAO for overwater operations as of January 1, 2018. EASA has adopted this requirement and demands compliance from January 1, 2019. Other countries have similar regulations and also made this requirement mandatory.
An Underwater Locator Device (ULD) is a beacon that’s firmly attached to the fuselage. In the unlikely case of an aircraft becoming submerged, the ULD transmits a low frequency acoustic signal for a minimum of 90 days. Recovery crews will have a much better chance to locate the aircraft. This is because the long wave length, 8.8 kHz low frequency signal provides a substantially increased range compared to ‘old style’ beacons.
Fokker Services can provide the ULD for many aircraft types. Directly from stock, including all instructions, documentation and installation hardware. If you are searching for a relatively low-cost ULD solution readily available from Fokker Services, we invite you to contact us.
Amongst our growing list of customers are Ukraine International Airlines, NordWind Airlines, JET2.COM, Thomson Airways and TUI Airlines. Watch our video on YouTube.
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