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NBAA 2017: The business side of business aviation.

Las Vegas is one of those polarizing places: Some love it and others, well, not so much. I personally really enjoy our biennial visit to “Sin City.” Not that I’m much for the gaming tables. Being in general/business aviation is enough of a gamble for me. No, what I look forward to is our trip to the NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (BACE). 

NBAA-BACE is where business aviation gets down to business. It’s our chance to display our products to the owner/operators who put them to use each and every day. So needless to say, Genesys Aerosystems always puts on its proverbial Sunday best. 

We’re particularly proud and excited about this year’s NBAA. Genesys Aerosystems will be unveiling our brand-new show booth. Our design team has done a wonderful job creating a layout that makes it easy to display and demonstrate our IDU-680 EFIS displays including Synthetic Vision, EGPWS, EICAS, and more, as well as our next-generation and legacy S-TEC Autopilot systems. 

2017 is the year of the S-TEC digital autopilot at NBAA.
NBAA-BACE 2017 will also mark the first time our next-generation S-TEC 5000 Digital Flight Control System for Part 25 high-performance turboprops and jets will be on display as an FAA TSO’d system. As I’ve blogged before, the S-TEC 5000 is an all-digital, attitude-based system that can easily interface with both new-generation EFIS and legacy analog instruments. That’s very important for this market. Many owner/operators are still flying with legacy analog avionics because of the cost to upgrade. 

In addition to being certified to the highest Level A DO-178B software standard and TSO C-198 requirements, the 5000 will deliver some exceptional new capabilities including Envelope Protection and One-Touch Straight and Level Recovery. These two safety-enhancing features have never been available in an autopilot upgrade for this class of aircraft – until now!

I’ve received a number of inquiries about pricing for the S-TEC 5000 DFCS. Right now, we are targeting $120,000 for the complete system, which includes three-axis control, automatic trim and altitude preselect, but does not include installation. 

Please stop by our NBAA-BACE booth #C13212 and we’ll be happy to give you a full tour of this amazing new system and all of Genesys Aerosystems’ exceptional products for airplanes and helicopters. 

Until next time, fly safely,