Cobham Commercial Systems has announced a significant milestone for their HeliSAS™ Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot. The Civilian Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) #VSTC0591 to Cobham, allowing installation of HeliSAS on hundreds of Bell 407 helicopters in that country.
With more than 100 systems installed in the United States, Australia, and South America, HeliSAS is making safer rotorcraft flight possible around the world. The two-axis, attitude hold/attitude command flight control system significantly reduces pilot workload and allows pilots to perform many cockpit functions hands-free. HeliSAS’ Stability Augmentation System (SAS) enhances flight stability by providing precise control during all modes of flight, regardless of wind conditions or aircraft center of gravity.
Said Roger Smith, Cobham Commercial Systems’ General Manager: “This CAAC approval is truly groundbreaking. China is one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in the world, and we’re pleased to be able to make HeliSAS available to hundreds of Bell operators.”
Source: Cobham Plc (LSE: COB.L)
Date: Jan 22, 2013