EAA’s Pioneering Affordable Safety STC Process Has Another Success Story: TruTrak Autopilot

The supplemental type certificate process that the Experimental Aircraft Association pioneered in 2016 has set the stage for another success story, as EAA affiliate EAA STC, LLC has received an STC for installation kits for the TruTrak Vizion autopilot in a select group of aircraft.

The STC approval means that installation brackets and hardware for the TruTrak autopilot can be installed for the Vizion autopilot in Cessna 172 (F through R models) and all Cessna 177s. TruTrak received its parts manufacturing approval for the Vizion autopilot on April 3. Continue reading "EAA’s Pioneering Affordable Safety STC Process Has Another Success Story: TruTrak Autopilot"

TruTrak Aims for Affordable Autopilots in Certified Market

TruTrak Vizion AutopilotTruTrak is a maintstay in the experimental market with its well-regarded, sophisticated autopilots at affordable prices. Now, following the lead of EAA and Garmin, TruTrak aims to make its new Vizion autopilot available for certified airplanes, starting with the Cessna 172. And this is no stripped down wing lever, but a full-featured three-axis autopilot that even includes some envelope protection with minimum and maximum airspeed protection and an emergency wings-level button. Continue reading "TruTrak Aims for Affordable Autopilots in Certified Market"

Test Flying the TruTrak ECO Autopilot

TruTrak Eco Autopilot connects to a trim tab.
TruTrak Eco Autopilot connects to a trim tab.

I just got back from a test flight with TruTrak Flight Systems' Andrew Barker in their company's RV-10. The purpose - to get a chance to fly their latest autopilot, the ECO. Now most of the time, when a new avionics box is announced, it increases the total number of features over previous products - but in this case, less is more. And that "less" includes the price. Targeted to cost right at $1,000, the ECO does just a few things - and does them very well. It will hold a heading, track the NAV source, and hold altitude – That makes it a useful, but simple, autopilot. Most of the time, who actually needs more on a VFR cross-country? (If you want to automatically do a teardrop entry to a hold while descending and capturing a new altitude, TruTrak will be glad to sell you one of their more capable units.) Continue reading "Test Flying the TruTrak ECO Autopilot"

TruTrak Announces ECO Autopilot

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TryTrak-iLevilTruTrak 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.

TruTrak Logo“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.”

More information on the TruTrak website.