TruTrak Flight Systems announced the all new ECO autopilot. The autopilot was created in cooperation with Levil Technologies. ECO (pronounced ēkō) is introductory priced under $1000. An interest list for ECO will be taken beginning July 20, 2015, to coincide with opening day of EAA AirVenture. Also on opening day at 10:30, there will be an unveiling of the ECO in building C booth 3030. Shipping of ECO is planned for September 2015.
The ECO is designed to be an affordable, simple, two-axis autopilot with automatic envelope protection (AEP). AEP allows the pilot to set a safe bank angle and pitch angle they wish to fly within. When AEP is armed, the system automatically inputs a light force into the controls to move the aircraft back inside the desired envelope. ECO, instead of attaching to the primary aircraft controls, uses a robust, fast, light-weight servo and tab assembly. This allows for a much lighter weight autopilot system and saves drastically on system cost. Typical complete system install weighs less than one pound.
“The things that we are able to do in the aircraft using such small and light-weight servo tabs are just amazing.” said CEO Andrew Barker “AEP is a wonderful safety feature and the way it works in this system is just incredible.”
KITPLANES caught up with Garmin's Jim Alpiser at the Aero show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, where Garmin had a major presence. Alpiser took the time for a detailed tour of the new G3X experimental products.
Garmin recently introduced an aggressive new line of avionics for experimental aircraft. In this video from the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Las Vegas, KITPLANES took a look at the new products and spoke with Garmin's Jim Alpiser about the new line. Continue reading "Garmin's New Experimental Avionics Products"
Through December 31, 2010, Advanced Flight Systems is offering a special deal on the AF-Pilot when purchased with a two-screen AF-4500 system. If you opt for a two-screen, two-AHRS setup (made up of the AF-4500EE and AF-4500EF units), the AF-Pilot, normally a $5000-plus addition is only $2475 extra. Choose a dual-screen, single-AHRS combination (AF-4500EF and AF-4500EM) and the autopilot is an addition $2970. Continue reading "Advanced Flight Systems Reduces Price on Autopilot"
Dynon Avionics has introduced updates for its EFIS products with the Version 5.4 software. Designed for the EFIS-D10A, EFIS-D100 and FlightDEK-D180 units, the upgrade features enhanced autopilot pitch control. Included are new user-adjustable parameters to optimize autopilot performance for individual aircraft. "The autopilot now flies just as an experienced pilot would, with crisp, appropriate inputs that really seem to understand the airplane," said Ian Jordan, chief systems engineer. Continue reading "Dynon Updates EFIS Software for Autopilot"