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07/14/2008 - Kannad 406 XS-3 GPS saves life in New Zealand
Beacon alerts rescuers to pilot's plight

8:30PM Monday July 14, 2008PLB Saves Lives

A beacon signal quickly pinpointed the place where a Microlight aircraft made a forced landing in the Ruahine Ranges today.The Rescue Coordination Centre sent the backup Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter to carry out a search when a beacon signal was detected in the Ruahines.A rescue helicopter spokesman said the beacon was a type registered to a Microlight aircraft which had only been installed last Friday and the plane was quickly found due to the accurate position supplied by the beacon.

"It appeared the aircraft had suffered an engine failure on take off from a bush airstrip high up in the Ruahine Ranges and the pilot carried out a forced landing into tussock," the spokesman said."The pilot was unhurt and flown to Taihape where he had taken off from earlier in the day."

The spokesman said the value of the more accurate 406MHz beacons over the older 121.5MHz type was clearly demonstrated in the incident, with the accurate position information cutting down search area and time.

The New Zealand Herald

PS Aviation Safety sold this beacon the Tuesday before the crash , registration details were sent by Aviation Safety at the time of despatch to RCC. The owner receipted the beacon only three days prior to using it.  Interestingly, the beacon was not secured in the cockpit and ended up being thrown some 6 metres out of the aircraft into the tussock grass and had to be located by the Pilot before it could be activated!!




02/22/2008 - A Kannad GPS PLB saves life in the Caribbean

62 year old Maurice Kirk, pilot of a small J3 Piper Cub World War II plane, activated his Kannad XS-2 GPS PLB when his plane went down 80 miles north West of Puerto Plata. The plane was originally used by General Patton.
Mr Kirk performed a controlled landing in the sea and his emergency beacon was picked up by coastguards in Miami and New Zealand, where the beacon is registered that had been sold to him by Lloyd Klee.Rescuers stated that the Kannad GPS Personal Locator Beacon may have been instrumental in saving the life of Mr Kirk.

For more details 
Mr Kirk's radio interview:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/search?mode=results&queries_all_query=maurice+kirk

Also a Kannad 406 Manual beacon was activated to rescue 10 crew. The yacht was taking part in the Jules Verne Round the World Yacht Race when it overturned off the coast of New Zealand.

The sea rescue has been described as text book by New Zealand Search and Rescue authorities.

For more information:
http://www.tv3.co.nz/VideoBrowseAll/NationalVideo/tabid/309/articleID/46551/cat/41/Default.aspx#video?nid=41931

Ranges today.The Rescue Coordination Centre sent the backup Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter to carry out a search when a beacon signal was detected in the Ruahines.A rescue helicopter spokesman said the beacon was a type registered to a Microlight aircraft which had only been installed last Friday and the plane was quickly found due to the accurate position supplied by the beacon.

"It appeared the aircraft had suffered an engine failure on take off from a bush airstrip high up in the Ruahine Ranges and the pilot carried out a forced landing into tussock," the spokesman said."The pilot was unhurt and flown to Taihape where he had taken off from earlier in the day."

The spokesman said the value of the more accurate 406MHz beacons over the older 121.5MHz type was clearly demonstrated in the incident, with the accurate position information cutting down search area and time.

The New Zealand Herald

PS Aviation Safety sold this beacon the Tuesday before the crash , registration details were sent by Aviation Safety at the time of despatch to RCC. The owner receipted the beacon only three days prior to using it.  Interestingly, the beacon was not secured in the cockpit and ended up being thrown some 6 metres out of the aircraft into the tussock grass and had to be located by the Pilot before it could be activated!!

Woman rescued within 90 minutes with Kannad XS3

15th February 2009

The Heretaunga Tramping Club has three Kannad 406 XS-3 GPS Personal Locator Beacons purchased from Aviation Safety Supplies. On a club trip into Shutes Hut on the northern fringe of the Ruahine Ranges on Sunday 15 February 2009, they had to activate a beacon. Our party was approaching  Shutes Hut  from the Napier Taihape Road and Comet Road. The route involves an undulating walk south before dropping 750 metres very steeply to the Taruarau River, a 3 ½ hour tramp.

This long sharp descent to the river affected one of our middle aged trampers, causing severe pain in her hip joint, through the constant impact of clambering downhill. The return climb uphill was not possible for her.

At 11.35am a 406 GPS Beacon was activated (a very simple operation.) An orange bivvy bag marker was placed in the centre of the river bed. Most of our party continued on to Shutes Hut, their original destination.   In less than an hour, the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter based in Hastings, was circling around the skyline ridges and landed on a shingle beach in the river at 12.35pm. By 12.46pm they were leaving for a 10 minute flight to Hastings Hospital. The hospital doctor commented that attempting to walk out would have completely damaged the hip and praised the decision to use the rescue helicopter. Thankfully no impact walking is still possible for our tramper.

So within a week of the old 121.5 beacons being withdrawn from service nationwide our replacement 406 Personal Locator Beacons have proved their worth. The exercise, also involved Rescue Co ordination Centre Headquarters in Wellington phoning our Clubs contacts to confirm where the actual beacons were being used. The speed and efficiency of this whole operation was outstanding, proving the value of this new beacon.

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