Meggitt Autopilot STC’d in Twin Commander and King Air 90

 - March 28, 2007, 6:01 AM

The Magic 2100 digital flight-control system from Meggitt Avionics has gained STC approvals in the Twin Commander 690C/D and 695A/B (Models 840, 900, 980 and 1000) and the King Air 90, the company announced last month.

The Magic flight-control system is a three-axis, digital, attitude-based autopilot that includes a cockpit display incorporating altitude pre-selector and indicated airspeed hold function. The system also features voice annunciation and active and armed mode displays. Guidance is based on the Meggitt air-data attitude and heading reference system (ADAHRS), the same sensor system that drives the Magic electronic flight and navigation displays in the Piper Meridian and other aircraft.

Initial approval for the 2100 autopilot in combination with Magic electronic primary flight and navigation displays was for the 690A/B Commander and Cessna 441 in 2002, after the merger of Meggitt and autopilot maker S-Tec. The combined company is based in Mineral Wells, Texas, and is involved in a number of retrofit and OEM programs, including development of the autopilot for the Eclipse 500.