Innovative Solutions & Support has successfully flown autopilot-coupled lateral precision with vertical guidance (LPV) approaches in the company Pilatus PC-12 and it expects FAA certification in about 60 to 90 days.
“We proved we could do coupled approaches in the last several days,” said Eric Smedberg, an IS&S demonstration pilot who flew the tests. Once the company receives an STC for the PC-12, it will begin working on certifications for other aircraft.
IS&S (Booth No. 4137) is a growing avionics manufacturer that made a name for itself with RVSM solutions. It increased its reputation with the certification of the Avio NG avionics suite for the Eclipse 500 very light jet.
The successful autopilot-coupled approach comes at a good time for IS&S, following the September 25 announcement by the FAA that the number of approach procedures based on the wide area augmentation system (WAAS) now exceeds ILS approaches.
Known as WAAS LPVs, the WAAS approaches will continue to grow. The FAA’s goal is to produce 500 new LPVs each year until every qualified runway in the U.S. has one. Ultimately, ILS will be phased out.
“Basically what we wanted [here at NBAA] was to get out the news that we flew the LVP approach,” said Smedberg. “Now we have done it,” added Dennis Snyder, IS&S OEM/regional sales manager out of Wichita. “We have proven we can do it.”