It is mandatory for all 406 MHz ELTs (Canadian Aviation Regulations 605.38) and EPIRBs (Ship Station (Radio) Technical Regulations, 1999) to be registered with the Canadian Beacon Registry. Ensuring that your 406 MHz PLB, ELT or EPIRB is registered, as well as updating the information regularly, will facilitate the task for search and rescue personnel in the event of a distress situation.
If you have a registered emergency beacon, it is important that the information be accurate. Please update the information in the registry:
- if you move
- if you want to update the emergency contact information
- if your phone number changes, or
- if any of the important information in the registry changes such as colour of vessel or aircraft.
Online access to the Canadian Beacon Registry is available to all 406 MHz emergency beacon owners to register new emergency beacons or to update their current information. You can add or update your emergency beacon information online, by faxing or emailing a completed registration form, or by speaking with a representative:
- online: www.cbr-rcb.ca/cbr/ NEW
- by email: email@example.com NEW
- by fax: 1-877-406-FAX8 (3298) NEW
- by telephone: 1-877-406-SOS1 (7671) NEW
- by mail: NEW
Canadian Beacon Registry
CFB Trenton, PO Box 1000 Stn Forces
Astra, ON K0K 3W0
The Canadian Beacon Registry is an integral part of COSPAS-SARSAT, the search and rescue satellite system designed to provide distress alert and location data to search and rescue authorities. The Canadian Beacon Registry is co-located with the Canadian Mission Control Centre (CMCC) at CFB Trenton, for use by responders in search and rescue operations.
When a 406 MHz emergency beacon signal is received, search and rescue authorities at CMCC can retrieve information from a registration database. This includes beacon owner contact information, emergency contact information, and vessel/aircraft identifying characteristics and equipment. Having this information allows search and rescue services to respond appropriately.