Genesys Aerosystems, August 18, 2015 - Genesys Aerosystems has announced that its HeliSAS Helicopter Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for installation of its supplemental type certificate (STC) on Airbus Helicopters EC130 T2 helicopters.
The company earned FAA certification for the STC in September 2014.
The STC is the result of the company’s active and ongoing expansion of certifications for the HeliSAS system. HeliSAS already is certified for Airbus Helicopters EC130 and AS350 series, for the Bell 206B, 206L and 407 models and for the Robinson R44.
The compact, lightweight HeliSAS system is designed to reduce pilot workload while providing precise control during all modes of flight, regardless of wind conditions or shifts in weight. The attitude stabilization and force feel features enhance handling characteristics and mitigate inadvertent cyclic control inputs that could result in dangerous attitudes. The HeliSAS system's two-axis autopilot allows for heading and NAV hold as well as vertical speed (VS) and altitude hold.
The system is designed to be operated during all phases of flight so it can maintain or recover a neutral attitude automatically when the pilot releases the cyclic to tend to other cockpit duties. The pilot resumes full control simply through normal cyclic handling.
The single-engine EC130 T2 can accommodate a pilot and up to seven passengers. In addition to being the quietest helicopter on the market, its wide cabin, increased performance, and multiple new safety and comfort systems make it popular among tour operators and helicopter emergency medical services worldwide.
"HeliSAS is an ideal safety system for the HEMS, air tour and other operators who fly the EC130 T2,” said Jamie Luster, director of sales and marketing. "HeliSAS delivers affordable and immediate benefits to light helicopters that previously were only available for large commercial and military aircraft. That’s why we’re continuing to expand the range of certifications for HeliSAS to more light helicopter models."
HeliSAS for the EC130 T2 is priced at $114,000 and is available for ordering immediately from Genesys Aerosystems.
About Genesys Aerosystems: Genesys Aerosystems is a leading provider of integrated avionics systems for military and civil aircraft manufacturers and operators. With a diverse and growing product line, Genesys Aerosystems' avionics systems can be offered as stand-alone components or integrated to provide an entire cockpit solution. Its synthetic vision Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) revolutionized flight crew situational awareness and safety and is now approved on more than 700 models of aircraft and helicopters. Genesys Aerosystems' newest Helicopter Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot (HeliSAS) adds to the company's extensive offerings of S-TEC autopilot solutions and brings added safety to light piston and turbine helicopters.