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Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) USAGE IN CEPT 
 

 

USAGE OF COSPAS-SARSAT 406 MHz PLB's in CEPT countries

 

 

 
Country

PLB
allowed

Where License
required
Certificate
required
The acceptance of a foreign license holder Coding Protocol Database National
Administration
Further
information
Albania Yes All Yes Yes Yes     AKEP  
Austria Yes No info Yes No No   National bmvit Austria
Belgium Yes ? Yes No Yes UIN IBRD BIPT Belgium
Croatia Yes Not specified Yes No Yes SUP/SLP Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Hakom Croatia
Czech Republic Possession/No usage NA NA NA Possession/No usage NA NA CTU Czech Republic
Denmark Possession/No usage NA NA NA Possession/No usage NA NA IT- og Telestyrelsen Denmark
Estonia Yes Pending Yes Pending Pending     Estonian Technical Surveillance Authority Estonia
Finland Yes All Yes No Yes SUP/NLP National FICORA Finland
France Yes Maritime Only in case MMSI No     National ANFR France
Georgia Yes All No No Yes     GNCC  

Germany

No NA NA NA NA NA NA   Germany
Greece Pending Pending NA NA Pending NA NA    Greece
Iceland Yes/No Land Yes No Yes Under review National PTA Iceland
Ireland Yes All No No Yes Under review National COMREG Ireland
Lithuania Yes All No No Yes SUP/SLP Civil Aviation Administration www.caa.lt
Maritime Safety Administration www.msa.lt
Civil Aviation Administration www.caa.lt
Maritime Safety Administration www.msa.lt
 
Malta Pending Pending NA NA Yes NA NA   Malta
Moldova Yes Maritime Yes Yes     National

ANRCETI

Moldova
Montenegro Yes ? No Not regulated yet       Ekip Montenegro
The Netherlands Yes Maritime Yes Yes Yes SUP National Radiocommunications agency The Netherlands
Norway Yes All Yes No Yes SUP/NLP National Post- og Teletilsynet Norway
Poland Yes All Yes No Yes   National Uke  
Portugal Yes Maritime Yes Yes Yes MUP National IPTM Portugal
Romania Yes Land No No Yes   National ANCOM Romania
Slovak Republic Pending Pending Yes No Pending NA NA Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic Slovak Republic
Spain Yes Maritime Yes Yes No MUP National Direcciónn General de la Marina Mercante
Ministerio de Fomento
Spain
Sweden Yes All No No Yes SUP/SLP IBRD Post- och Telestyrelsen Sweden
Switzerland Yes All Registration No Yes SLP National OFCOM Switzerland
The United Kingdom Yes Maritime Yes Yes Yes SUP/SLP National Ofcom The United Kingdom
                   

AT THIS MOMENT THE ECO HAS NOT OBTAINED YET THE PLB INFORMATION OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES: 
ANDORRA, AZERBAIJAN, BELARUS, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, BULGARIA, CYPRUS, HUNGARY, ITALY, LATVIA, LIECHTENSTEIN, LUXEMBOURG, MONACO, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, SAN MARINO, SERBIA, SLOVENIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA, TURKEY, UKRAINE and VATICAN CITY

 
 

The above table gives more information on the PLB usage in the listed European countries. This table will be updated as new information is received by the ECO. The end user is responsible for obtaining the latest information and operating in accordance with it.

 

Definition of PLB:

 

Abbreviation PLB comes from the words PERSONAL LOCATOR BEACON. The equipment operates in the Cospas-Sarsat system using the same frequencies than 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 406 MHz band, which is monitored by satellites. The majority of PLB equipment also transmits in the aeronautical distress frequency 121,5 MHz for homing purposes. The latest models are fitted with inbuilt satellite positioning receiver, which means that the PLB transmission already includes accurate position. This enables faster mobilization of search and rescue operations by authorities.

 

Please note: PLB must be programmed and registered.

 

Please note also: PLB is neither an EPIRB nor an ELT, because of its characteristics and mechanical structure.

 

For more information, please see Cospas-Sarsat home page

 

You are welcome to provide your updates to Susanne Have, ECO e-mail have@ero.dk

 
 
 
 

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