The Genesys HeliSAS Autopilot, developed by American aerospace manufacturer Bell Textron, has been certified in the UK Civil Aviation Authority and is compatible with Bell 505 helicopters.
Duncan Van De Velde, Managing Director, Europe and Russia for Bell, commented: “The system decreases pilot workload, increases pilot comfort over long distances, and provided assistance in the event of inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions.”
The autopilot is available in two- and three-axis configurations, enabling pitch and roll controls for the former and the latter adding yaw control.
The system is also equipped with a stability augmentation system to automatically recover the aircraft to near-level flight at all speeds, stability engagement, and envelope protection to prevent over- and under-speeding.
There are currently over 300 Bell 505s operating across the world, and Gary Slater, Director of Helix AV, dealer of Bell helicopters in the UK and Ireland, said: “The UK has been eagerly waiting for autopilot certification for the 505.”