DAC International, part of Greenwich AeroGroup, has entered into an agreement with Cobham STec under which DAC will distribute Cobham’s HeliSAS autopilot and stability augmentation system for light and medium helicopters in Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand. Cobham received FAA TSO certification for the HeliSAS in 2009 and received STC approval for installation and VFR operation in the Bell 206 and 407 on March 4. The company expects to receive approval for installation in the AS350 and EC130 by mid-year.
HeliSAS is a two-axis altitude-hold, attitude-command flight-control system designed to help with aircraft stability, hold altitude and heading and couple with onboard navigation equipment. Installation requires approximately 40 manhours.
The HeliSAS is billed by Cobham’s Mineral Wells, Texas, division as “lightweight” (15 pounds) and “affordable” (price to be announced).
DAC International has the system on display at Booth No. 1259.