July 20, 2015 – MINERAL WELLS, TX
Genesys Aerosystems has initiated a program to earn an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the retrofit installation of its HeliSAS® Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System on Robinson R66 turbine helicopters.
“Genesys Aerosystems has already partnered with Robinson Helicopters to offer the benefits of HeliSAS on factory-new helicopters, and we want to extend the enhanced capabilities to owners currently enjoying the versatility of the R66,” said Jamie Luster, Director of Sales for Genesys Aerosystems. “The stability augmentation is ideal for the lightweight Robinson platform, and decreases the workload significantly.”
Weighing less than 15 pounds, the Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS has set the standard for improving the safety and enhancing the capabilities of light helicopters. The system’s advanced capabilities reduce single-pilot workload, while providing precise “hands-off” control of the aircraft during all modes of flight – regardless of wind conditions or shifts in the aircraft’s weight.
Key features of the Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System include:
• Automatic recovery to near-level flight attitude
• Automatic attitude stabilization at all airspeeds
• System engagement throughout all phases of flight from startup to shutdown
• Many of the functions found on sophisticated helicopter autopilots at a fraction of the cost and weight.
Luster also stated that as part of the FAA STC, Genesys Aerosystems plans to offer the HeliSAS as a stand-alone stability augmentation system (SAS) or with the addition of an optional two-axis autopilot system.
Current pricing for the Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS is:
• HeliSAS Stability Augmentation System only: $62,530.
• HeliSAS Stability Augmentation System with two-axis autopilot: $71,509.
Pricing includes all equipment required including the installation kit. It does not include installation or the required attitude indicator as most R66 aircraft already have this installed.
The company expects to receive the FAA STC in the fourth quarter of this year, with EASA certification to follow. Orders are currently being accepted through authorized dealers.
“The compact HeliSAS was originally designed for the Robinson platform, so while saving weight was a major consideration during the design process, we also worked hard to keep the price down,” Luster said. “We knew how beneficial the systems would be and wanted to ensure most owners could afford the potential life-saving features HeliSAS provides.”
When finalized, the Robinson R66 STC will add to the growing list of approvals the company already has for HeliSAS installations on other popular helicopters including the Airbus EC130 and AS350 series, the Bell 206B, 206L and 407 models, and the Robinson R44.
About Genesys Aerosystems
Genesys Aerosystems is a leading provider of integrated avionics systems for military and civil customers. Genesys Aerosystems' avionics systems can be offered individually or integrated to provide an entire cockpit. Its synthetic vision Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) revolutionized safety in low-level flight operations and is now approved on more than 700 aircraft and helicopter models. Genesys Aerosystems' Helicopter Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot (HeliSAS) adds to its extensive range of S-TEC autopilot solutions and brings added safety within the reach of a host of operators for whom such systems were previously too expensive and heavy. For more information, visit www.genesys-aerosystems.com.
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