Cool City Electronics, Inc., dba Cool City Avionics, a manufacturer of low cost, professional-grade automatic flight guidance and control systems and stability augmentation systems, announces that it has received FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization for its new family of helicopter autopilots.
The TSO includes the HAP-100 2-axis autopilot, the HFC-100 2-axis autopilot with SCAS, the HAP-150 3-axis autopilot, the HFC-150 3-axis autopilot with SCAS, and the HFC-150-LE and HAP-150-LE that add an orbit mode specifically designed for law enforcement and electronic news gathering helicopters. These new products are the first professional-grade certified autopilots that are affordable for installation in small to medium-sized helicopters, with introductory prices for the four systems ranging from $34,995 to $67,995, plus installation kit and installation.
“Our mission, since we began the development effort in 2004, has been to produce high-quality, certified, current-technology flight control systems that are affordable for use in virtually every small to medium-sized helicopter. In the past, only large helicopters had autopilots, primarily because of the high cost of the earlier systems,” says Jim Irwin, president/CEO. “After almost ten years of development, we are very proud to be the first company in the world to have our family of autopilots approved under the new FAA TSO-C198 and the RTCA DO-325 MOPS,” he added.
The STC for installation in the Robinson R44 is expected shortly and STC projects are already underway or planned for the Robinson R66, Airbus AS-350, Sikorsky S-61, Airbus EC-120 and EC-130, and the Bell 206 and 407 models. Derivative autopilots for airplanes are now in development for delivery in 2015.