Section 3. Other Reports and Forms
9-3-1. FAA FORM 7210-8, ELT INCIDENT
order to expedite the data flow necessary for the
accomplishment of the ELT investigations, use FAA Form
7210-8, ELT Incident (unit of issue: sheet; NSN:
0052-00-889-5000), for coordination with the Rescue
Coordination Center (RCC) when an ELT signal is heard or
reported. (See FIG 9-3-1.)
a. Form Disposition. Air traffic managers must ensure
that forms prepared for ELT incidents which have not been
closed must be readily accessible at the operating
position responsible for coordinating with the RCC. Forms
prepared for an ELT incident which has been closed must be
retained for 15 days except when filed as part of an
incident, an accident, or another case file.
b. Instructions for completing FAA Form 7210-8. (See
1. Enter the ELT Incident number (#) in the upper
right corner of the form.
2. Initial Notification:
(a) Enter the three‐letter facility identifier
followed by the initials of the person completing the form
and the time, and the initials of the persons and the time
coordinated with in the RCC and the ROC. If the region
does not maintain a ROC, the box may be adapted for local
application. Enter the date (UTC) the ELT incident number
(b) If the ELT signal was first heard by an aircraft,
or a ground station reported that an aircraft had first
heard an ELT signal, circle Acft and enter the ACID. If
the signal was first heard by a ground station, circle GRD
Station and enter the station ID. If the first report
received was from the RCC stating that an ELT signal was
being received via Search and Rescue Satellite, circle
(c) If the signal is heard on only one frequency,
circle that frequency. If the signal is reported on both
VHF and UHF, circle both frequencies.
(d) If no aircraft has been reported overdue, circle
UNK. If a known aircraft is overdue, enter the aircraft ID
and record the last known position.
(e) Individual Signal Reports: Enter each ELT
signal report received from an aircraft or a ground
station emanating from the same geographic area until
sufficient reports have been received to pinpoint the
signal location. If the investigation reveals that more
than one ELT is transmitting in the same general area at
the same time, it may be necessary to prepare another FAA
Form 7210-8 and handle as separate incidents. (See
(f) Time Heard: Enter the time (UTC) an
aircraft, a ground station, or SARSAT first received the
(g) Location: Enter the location of the
aircraft when the signal was first heard.
(h) Altitude: Enter the altitude(s) of the
aircraft reporting the signal.
(i) Remarks: Enter any additional information,
such as signal strength, which may be pertinent to the
(j) Enter the presumed location of the ELT. This
information is the product of the ARTCC investigation.
3. Additional Notifications/Time (UTC): List
any airport managers, base operators, or local police
notified and the time of notification. List any other
notifications/time, including any ground stations not
previously listed on the form.
4. Incident Termination.
(a) List the date and the location where the ELT was
discovered. Check the appropriate category for
Military/Civilian and Distress/Nondistress.
(b) If the source of the ELT signal was not
discovered, enter an applicable statement describing the
reason for investigation termination, such as: “all
investigative resources exhausted” or “no additional
reports received.” If a more lengthy explanation is
required, enter “See Reverse,” and use the Additional
Remarks section on the back of the form.
(c) Enter the date (UTC) of the ELT incident closure,
followed by the initials of the person recording the
closure and the time, and the initials of the persons and
the time the closure is coordinated within the RCC and
ROC. Enter any other notifications of incident closure by
identifying the facility or organization and record the
initials and the time.
5. Additional Remarks:
This section, on the back of the form, may be used for
overflow information or any information which is too
lengthy to be included on the front of the form.