HAA Operators Adding Autopilot to Light Single Turbines
Rotorcraft Pro magazine looks at the factors — including Genesys Aerosystem’s HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation Systems (HeliSAS) — that have helped cut the annual accident rate for civil helicopters in half since 2006.
Article excerpt: "In a bid to improve operational safety, helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operators Air Evac Lifeteam and Air Methods are incorporating two-axis autopilots into their light single-turbine helicopters. Air Evac Lifeteam is updating the Bell 206 Long Rangers and Bell 407 helicopters in their 150-plus helicopter fleet with Genesys Aerosystem HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System…by the end of 2017.
'Genesys Aerosystem’s HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System enhances flight safety by reducing pilot workload and increasing flight stability,” says Seth Myers, Air Evac Lifeteam’s president. “Since we adhere to visual flight rules (VFR), this new system…will allow the pilot to focus on other things outside the aircraft.'”
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.
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