Autopilot

June 27, 2011 - 10:50am

The FAA awarded an STC to Cobham for installation of its HeliSAS autopilot and stability augmentation system on Eurocopter’s AS350 and EC130. HeliSAS is designed for use in all phases of flight and automatically returns the helicopter to a near-level attitude when the pilot releases the controls. The system costs and weighs much less than traditional large military and commercial helicopter autopilot systems, according to Cobham.

May 16, 2011 - 8:20pm

Avionics manufacturer Avidyne is displaying its full line of cockpit displays and flight control systems as well as its R9 integrated flight deck at this year’s EBACE show (Stand 1951).

March 29, 2011 - 10:50am

Jim Irwin has launched a new company that is targeting the light helicopter autopilot market. Irwin is a veteran of helicopter and fixed-wing autopilot development and he sees an opportunity that hasn’t been fully tapped.

March 7, 2011 - 1:25pm

Cool City Avionics wants to create a light helicopter autopilot market.

Named after the Texas city near Mineral Wells where it is located, Cool City Avionics (Booth No. 4753) is taking a modular approach to certifying light helicopter stability augmentation and autopilot systems. The goal is to maintain component commonality and use proven automatic flight control design concepts while employing current technology.

January 10, 2011 - 4:02pm

For aircraft with Aspen Avionics' EFD1000 ­Evolution flight display system in the panel and an autopilot that needs analog attitude information, Aspen now offers the EA100 digital autopilot interface. The EA100 adapter converts digital attitude data to analog for older autopilots and eliminates the need to maintain old and expensive mechanical gyro systems such as the King KI256.

December 28, 2010 - 7:10am

For aircraft with Aspen Avionics’ EFD1000 ­Evolution flight display system in the panel and an autopilot that needs analog attitude information, Aspen now offers the EA100 digital autopilot interface. The EA100 adapter converts digital attitude data to analog for older autopilots and eliminates the need to maintain old and expensive mechanical gyro systems such as the King KI256.

December 28, 2010 - 7:06am

The first aircraft to receive Garmin’s new ­stability augmentation system–Garmin Electronic Stability and Protection (Garmin ESP)–for G1000 and G3000 integrated flight decks is a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200. Garmin ESP automatically nudges the controls back toward stable flight whenever pitch, roll or high-speed deviations exceed the recommended limits.

December 28, 2010 - 7:04am

The first aircraft to receive Garmin's new ­stability augmentation system–Garmin Electronic Stability and Protection (Garmin ESP)–for G1000 and G3000 integrated flight decks is a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200. Garmin ESP automatically nudges the controls back toward stable flight whenever pitch, roll or high-speed deviations exceed the recommended limits.

November 30, 2010 - 6:56am

Researchers at the German aerospace research institute (DLR) plan to flight-test a system next year intended to aid landing in confined areas. The system relies on sensor fusion and adapts to each pilot’s typical approach strategy. It should help improve the safety record for rescue operations at unprepared sites in poor visibility, research engineer Thorsten Strohmaier said during a presentation at the European Rotorcraft Forum.

October 13, 2010 - 1:00pm

Avidyne has received approval from Brazil’s Agência Nacional De Aviação Civil (ANAC) for retrofit installation of the DFC90 autopilot in Brazilian-registered Entegra-equipped Cirrus aircraft. The DFC90 is an attitude-based digital autopilot system designed as a slide-in replacement for the S-Tec 55X autopilot in existing Entegra-equipped Cirrus SR20s and SR22s.

 
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