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What to Know Before Shipping Your Recorder

Jul 26, 2017
By: Stacy Honda, Marketing Manager

Dangerous Goods Shipping Requirements

Shipping a Cockpit Voice or Flight Data Recorder (CVR/FDR) by air (domestically or internationally) may require compliance with the U.S. Department of Transport (DOT) and Dangerous Goods Regulations (International Air) shipping processes for dangerous goods. Before shipping your recorder, be sure to take the following steps to ensure proper mailing:


What to Know Before Shipping Your Recorder

  1. Verify the recorder's Underwater Locator Beacon (ULB) model number and TSO. Both will be visible on the ULB.
  2. If the ULB model is DK120/90 with TSO-C121b, dangerous goods shipping procedures must be followed. If the ULB is not a TSO-C121b approved DK120/90, please contact our Support team to determine the shipping requirements.
  3. To ship a recorder with a DK120/90 back to Universal Avionics, the shipper must be certified to ship dangerous goods and must also be certified with the carrier. For customers who do not hold a dangerous goods certification, we recommend removing the ULB prior to shipping the recorder.
  4. Lithium content and safety information is included with Universal Avionics CVR/FDR upon shipment from the factory. Please be sure to include this documentation with the returned unit.
  5. Your shipping department must ship the recorder as a dangerous good or have procedures in place to show it as a dangerous good.

Any dangerous good shipments we receive without proper documentation must be reported to the DOT per regulation requirements. Fines start at $75,000 for both the shipper and receiver. For additional information and assistance, visit the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) website or contact our Support team.

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