6-Mar-2011 Source: DAS International
DAC International of Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc. announced today they have entered into a distribution agreement for sales into South America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe with Cobhamâ€™s HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System for light and medium helicopters.
Cobham received HeliSASâ€™ Technical Standing Order (TSO) certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2009, and has been progressing toward Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) standing on the Bell 206 and Bell 407 helicopters since that time.Â STC certification for these models is expected in the first half of 2011, and an AS 350 STC is anticipated shortly thereafter.
HeliSAS is a two-axis attitude hold, attitude command, flight control system. The system has two basic functions, a Stability Augmentation System (SAS) to aid with aircraft stability and an autopilot outer loop control modes for altitude hold, heading select and navigation sensor coupling. According to Cobham representatives, the SAS and Autopilot System provides a significant reduction in pilot work load and dramatically improves safety of flight operations. Additionally, the HeliSAS is very light weight, affordable and requires approximately 40 man-hours to install.
DAC International will have the system on display at their booth at Heli Expo, April 6-8, 2011 in Orlando, Fla.
A subsidiary of Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc., DAC Internationalâ€™s headquarters is located in Austin, Texas.Â DAC offers avionics and test equipment solutions for corporate and general aviation, airline, special mission and military aircraft operators, modification centers and manufacturers worldwide. For more information visit www.dacint.com
About Greenwich AeroGroup
Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc., located in Greenwich, Conn., owns and operates providers of general, commercial, government and military aviation services including: maintenance, avionics and interior refurbishments; fixed base operations; aircraft sales, charter and management; manufacturing and engineering; component repair and overhaul; and parts distribution.Â Current locations include: Atlantic Aero, Inc., located at Piedmont-Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C.; Western Aircraft, Inc., located at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho; Summit Aviation, Inc., located at Summit Airport in Middletown, Del.; DAC International, Inc., located in Austin, Texas; Matrix Aviation, Inc., located in Wichita, Kan.; Professional Aviation Associates, Inc., located in Atlanta, Ga,; Professional Aircraft Accessories, Inc., located in Titusville, Fla.; NASAM, Inc., located in San Francisco, Calif., and GCCUS Inc. located in Aptos, Calif.Â News and information are available at www.greenwichaerogroup.com.