EVIL ELT HIDING
Here are some absolutely wicked ideas for hiding a practice beacon.
Having had many of these tricks played on me, and having played a few of the
milder ones on others, I thought it a good idea to list some of the truly
twisted ways to hide a practice beacon. There is one VERY large caveat,
DO NOT USE THESE HIDING METHODS ON NOVICE OR NEW TRAINEES. THE FRUSTRATION YOU WILL CAUSE THEM IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO TRAINING. THESE HIDING METHODS ARE TO BE USED AGAINST EXPERIENCED AND QUALIFIED AIRCREWS AND GROUND TEAMS. I GIVE ANY NEWBIE PERMISSION TO SMACK YOU AND THEN FILE A FRAUD, WASTE, AND ABUSE CLAIM AGAINST YOU IF HE CATCHES YOU USING ONE OF THESE TECHNIQUES AGAINST HIM.
Why even do this? Some of these hiding techniques represent experience we've had in the field. Most of them represent non-distress beacons that have offered significant challenges. The wilderness ELT (one that's attached to a real crashed aircraft) is generally relatively easy to find. In the wild, if you can get within yards of the ELT then you will have located the crash site. This is the level of training that members need to attain before even the easiest of tricks are played against them. So keep this standard in mind when using these hiding techniques. Time is on your side when you're hunting a non-distress beacon. Therefore, it is not critical that personnel be able to find an ELT quickly in these conditions. The final thought in this line of reasoning is that you can't know which ELTs are non-distress until you actually find them. The bottom line is that these hiding techniques can increase experience, provide for good training, and be fun!
If you use any of these hiding techniques, the danger to your practice beacon is increased. Where possible, it is recommended that you up-armor your practice beacon by using a practice beacon box.
That being said, here it goes in list format. A few of the methods are described in detail on their own page, as linked.
- Hide the practice beacon underwater
Use these hiding techniques for good training, not to prove how smart you are to the new people! Most importantly, have fun.
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