Autopilot

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.

July 27, 2010 - 11:42am

Garmin announced yesterday at EAA AirVenture that its new electronic stability and protection (ESP) stability augmentation system will be available on G1000-equipped King Air 200s later this year. ESP is being developed for G1000 and G3000 systems and helps prevent stall and spin onset, steep spirals “or other loss-of-control situations should the pilot become distracted, disoriented or incapacitated during flight,” according to Garmin.

May 25, 2010 - 11:29am

Eurocopter last month released the first photo of the actual cockpit of the EC175 medium twin. Previously, only mockups were shown and the prototype doors were kept almost closed during its official introduction on December 17 last year.

February 24, 2010 - 6:40am

Cessna 550 Citation II, Edinburgh, Scotland, March 14, 2008–Before takeoff from Palma de Majorca, the Citation II had several system warning messages displayed on its indicators.

February 24, 2010 - 5:46am

Instrument pilots looking to improve their knowledge and skills beyond those gained from formal training and checkrides may be interested in joining–or even starting–a local chapter of the newly founded IMC Club. The Club’s intent is to bring together seasoned and new instrument pilots to share experiences of IFR flights, avionics operation and ATC procedures.

February 22, 2010 - 4:55pm

Cobham Avionics, specifically the former S-Tec autopilot house in Mineral Wells, Texas, yesterday described the functions, features and financial benefits of its HeliSAS digital two-axis, stability-augmentation and autopilot system (SAS) for light helicopters.

February 22, 2010 - 7:28am

The FAA has issued a technical standard order to Cobham for its HeliSAS stability-and-

 
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