Genesys Aerosystems' HeliSAS helicopter stability augmentation system (SAS) and autopilot received STC approval for retrofit installation in Robinson R44s. HeliSAS's two-axis autopilot allows for heading and nav hold, as well as vertical speed and altitude hold. The system operates during all phases of flight so it can maintain or recover a neutral attitude automatically when the pilot releases the cyclic; the pilot resumes full control simply through normal cyclic handling. HeliSAS for the Robinson R44 is priced at $40,752 for SAS only and $50,279 for SAS with 2-axis autopilot, with deliveries planned in the fourth quarter.
Boston Executive Helicopters' long-planned FBO at Norwood (Mass.) Airport is stalled again amid allegations of ethical and criminal misconduct by members of the airfield's administrative body, the Norwood Airport Commission. The company claims infighting is intensifying a campaign being waged by certain members to thwart the planned FBO. City and state ethics and rulemaking officials are reviewing requests by the company to investigate the purported improprieties. Members were unavailable for comment. The FBO was originally scheduled to open last summer.
Jeppesen announced a new simplified structure for Mobile FliteDeck data subscriptions. Pilots using Mobile FliteDeck on the iPad now have 10 global coverage options for IFR navigation data services offered at a lower price point, including an annual subscription for full U.S. coverage for $299. Jeppesen also announced new features and functionality today for Mobile FliteDeck, including SID and STAR procedures on en route charts; enhanced flight-plan integration; ability to create, load, view and save active flight data from either the terminal charts view or the en route view; and device-to-device route sharing.
Germany-based aeromedical and air rescue helicopter operator DRF Luftrettung took delivery of the first Airbus Helicopters EC 145T2 today during a ceremony at the aircraft manufacturer's production facility in Donauwörth, Germany. DRF has a firm order for 20 EC 145T2s, which will gradually replace its BK 117 and Bell 412 fleets over the coming years. Two DRF pilots will soon ferry the new helicopter to the operator's maintenance facility at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport, where the EC 145T2 will be outfitted with medical equipment.