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Do you know the story behind the first autopilot...

In looking at the current capabilities autopilots are bringing to the market, such as envelope protection and straight and level mode, I had to ask myself... "When was the first autopilot invented, and who was brave enough to be the first to take his hands off the controls?"  So I went in search of the answer and found an awesome story that I would like to share with you.

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’Tis the season to look back at how lucky we are...

It’s been a pretty good year for us at Genesys Aerosystems and I hope it has been for you as well. I try to cover a lot of topics in my blogs, but for this one I want to break the mold and just say how thankful I am to be part of the aviation world.

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5 reasons to have your new avionics installed by an authorized shop.

I get asked this question all the time: “Why doesn’t Genesys Aerosystems sell its autopilots and avionics online?” Well, there are a number of reasons, but number one is the simple fact that our systems are very sophisticated and need to be installed by professionals. Contrary to what many people read on the Internet, autopilot installations, and setups in particular, are not DIY projects.

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World-record Robinson R66 flight gets a helping hand from HeliSAS.

As the world’s largest maker of autopilots for airplanes and stability augmentation systems for light helicopters, Genesys Aerosystems equipment is involved with a lot of very interesting and often record-setting flights. We’re very proud that pilots trying to achieve the extraordinary put their trust in our systems.

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Helicopter pilots love their HeliSAS and YouTube’s got the videos to prove it.

This is my 61st blog, and I can say in no uncertain terms that the ones I’ve done on the Genesys Aerosystems Helicopter Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System, aka HeliSAS, have been the most popular ones of the bunch by far.

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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). 

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Oshkosh 2017 – One for the record books.

If you weren’t at Oshkosh 2017 and have followed any of the week’s activities in the media, no doubt you are literally kicking yourself for missing out. This was the biggest and best AirVenture that I’ve ever attended – and I’ve been to my fair share. 

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Paris Air Show 2017: Oh, how I missed you.

I didn’t make it to last month’s Paris Air Show. If you read my recent “Back from the U.S.S.R.” blog, you can pretty much appreciate that. As much as I love Paris-Le Bourget Airport’s biennial hosting of the Paris Air Show, I had had enough international travel for a while.

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Back from the U.S.S.R. You don't know how lucky you are...

With apologies to The Beatles, traveling to Russia to represent Genesys Aerosystems can be really fun and exciting. But my recent trip to HeliRussia 2017 in Moscow was one instance when, well, it wasn’t. But let’s start at the beginning…

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The ultimate panel upgrade decision: EFIS or Autopilot?

Hang around with a bunch of pilots long enough and the talk will inevitably turn to avionics upgrades. Sure, we all fantasize about a panel full of the latest, and coolest avionics. But, realistically how may of us can afford that? When the reality of a budget does come into play, the choice is often between EFIS or an autopilot upgrade. But who says you have to choose?

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