April 11, 2016
Mineral Wells, TX -- Helicopters Italia has successfully completed its first installation of the HeliSAS® Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System on an AS350 B3 helicopter. The customer -- Cav. Luca Marianetti, CEO and President of Velan ABV S.p.A -- has expressed his satisfaction with the improved helicopter performance.
The retrofit was successful due to the strong partnership between Genesys Aerosystems, producer of HeliSAS and holder of the relevant approved European Aviation Safety Agency supplemental type certificate, and Helicopters Italia, the reference point in Italy and in other countries for the maintenance and the customization of Airbus Helicopters aircraft.
Weighing less than 15 pounds, the HeliSAS sets a new standard for helicopter safety and productivity. It dramatically reduces pilot workload while providing precise control during all modes of flight, regardless of wind conditions or shifts in weight. HeliSAS provides stabilization of the AS350 B3 helicopter thanks to two actuators installed on the pitch and roll control axes. In addition, HeliSAS integrates with avionics to deliver the advanced operations of more complex autopilots:
HDG mode: tracking of a bow set on the horizontal situation indicator (HSI) board;
NAV mode: (VOR / ILS / GPS) tracking of a VOR radio service/ILS, or tracking a route previously set on the GPS board; and
ALT mode: altitude hold mode.
HeliSAS brings the tremendous safety and workload reduction advantages of stability augmentation to a wide range of light and medium helicopter models, including the following Airbus Helicopters models: Ecureuil AS350 (H125) B, BA, D, B1, B2 and B3; and EC130B4 and T2.
About Helicopters Italia
Helicopters Italia is a HeliSAS dealer located in Rome, Italy and is a subsidiary company of Aersud Helicopters. Helicopters Italia was created with the aim to provide the Technical Support Service to the growing fleet of Airbus Helicopters in Italy. Its main activity is the maintenance of helicopters, engines and mechanical assemblies, community care, Continuing Airworthiness Management with A.R emissions, spare parts supply, installation of avionics equipment, as well as cabin interiors customizations and training courses. For more information, visit: http://www.helicoptersitalia.it.
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. For more information, visit: www.genesys-aerosystems.com.
Director, Sales and Marketing