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Genesys enters light GA digital autopilot marketGenesys enters light GA digital autopilot market

Genesys Aerosystems, makers of the S-Tec line of autopilots, announced at EAA AirVenture the S-TEC 3100 digital attitude-based autopilot.

Image courtesy of Genesys Aerosystems.

Full supplemental type certification of the new 3100 is expected early next year, and the company aims to secure approvals for Part 23 single-engine and multiengine aircraft. Similar to other aftermarket digital autopilots, the 3100 will feature envelope protection and single-button straight-and-level recovery.

The 3100 will be available as either a two-axis or three-axis system with optional yaw damper and flight director. It will include other features now common on digital autopilots, including approach mode, altitude preselect with electric trim, and both rate and airspeed control.

Initial STCs are expected for the Cessna 182, 210, Beechcraft Bonanza, and Piper Saratoga.

“The reason we chose these four initially was twofold: There are thousands of these aircraft in the field and we received very favorable responses from owners of these types during our initial research,” said Genesys Director of Sales and Marketing Jamie Luster. She said the company is still gauging the market to determine future aircraft model availability, but “we’re planning to aggressively pursue other STCs.”

Current S-TEC users will be able to upgrade at a reduced cost and use the existing servos and cabling. The control head is standard radio rack size, and is slightly slimmer than the company’s popular 55X.

Pricing is expected to be announced in the next few months.

Ian J. Twombly

Ian J. Twombly

"Flight Training" Editor
AOPA Pilot and Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
Topics: EAA AirVenture, Aircraft Accessories

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