Genesys Aerosystems introduces a one-step upgrade to the S-TEC 3100 Digital Flight Control System
Mineral Wells, TX (July 24, 2017) -- Genesys Aerosystems is announcing that it will soon be offering an upgrade program that will enable current S-TEC autopilot owners to receive many of the advanced workload-reducing and safety-enhancing features found in its new S-TEC 3100 Digital Flight Control System.
"As the most popular aftermarket autopilot brand in the world, it's obvious that pilots love their current S-TEC autopilots. But, like all of us, they're always looking for something better that doesn't break the bank," stated Jamie Luster, Genesys Aerosystems' Director of Sales and Marketing. "By swapping out the current autopilot computer with a new S-TEC 3100 digital flight control computer, we can deliver an array of amazing features for a fraction of the cost of a new digital flight control system."
If the current system is 1-axis or 2-axis, and there is a desire to increase the number of axes, additional equipment will need to be purchased and installed. If autotrim is also not currently installed, there will be additional equipment required.
Luster said that among the most exciting of the new performance and safety enhancements the upgrade will bring to current S-TEC autopilot owners are Envelope Protection, one-touch Straight and Level Recovery, Indicated Airspeed Hold, and built-in Altitude Preselect. All of these features are in addition to the features and functions already found in most legacy S-TEC autopilots.
"With our current list of some 1,500 STCs to choose from, it was hard to narrow down the list of aircraft types that would be the first to offer the upgrade," Luster said. "But, after talks with hundreds of aircraft owners, the initial aircraft we have identified to STC the S-TEC 3100 upgrade are the Cessna 182, Cessna 210, Beechcraft Bonanza and Piper Saratoga."
"The STCs are currently underway and we expect certification in early 2018. Pricing will be announced in the coming months, but will be significantly less than installing a whole new autopilot system."
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 or heavy.