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FAA TSO Approvals Transferred to Cobham Florida Facility

By Tish Drake | January 31, 2012
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Cobham Beacon Solutions, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received 24 FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorizations for the Artex Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) product line. The FAA has allowed transition of the previous approval from Cobham Avionics in Prescott, Ariz., to ACR Electronics in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., under the new Part 21 Transfer Process as the two Business Units are combined.

This TSO authorization means that Artex ELT Products are now under the design control and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) of the Fort Lauderdale office. Fort Lauderdale will now be responsible for both design and the production process of the 24 TSO approvals for the Artex ELT product line including the ME-406, C-406, B-406, G-406 and SLB406 line of Emergency Locator Transmitters as well as legacy battery packs, remote switches and cable assemblies.

“These transfers are the result of a well-coordinated effort between our business units and two regional offices of the FAA,” said Michael Wilkerson, general manager. “With the addition of Artex ELTs, Cobham Beacon Solutions has completed the integration of three product families into one business unit. Our customers and suppliers will benefit from this concentration of engineering, production, quality, sales and support capabilities.”

Artex designs and manufactures ELTs for general, business, commercial and military aviation applications as well as battery packs and ELT accessories. The business of Artex is global and customers range from the individual private pilot to the world's largest airframe manufacturers, airlines and governments. Fort Lauderdale will continue to support these products and maintain responsibility for all records, continued airworthiness, and service of previously produced products.

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