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Emergency Procedures

Distress beacons


A distress beacon is a small electronic device that, when activated in a life- threatening situation, assists rescue authorities in their search to locate those in distress. Distress beacons save lives and, moreover, carriage of distress beacons on some aircraft is required by law.

The following information will give you an understanding of how to use distress beacons and the different types available.

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New rules come into effect from 2 December 2021 that cover the general operating and flight rules. We are currently updating this guide to reflect the new rules. A new version will be available to download from 2 December.
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