SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – February 23, 2022 – StandardAero is unveiling the industry’s first 4-Axis autopilot available for retrofit on AS350 helicopters with demonstration flights at the 2022 HAI/Heli-Expo on March 8-10. The autopilot, developed in partnership with Thales and known as StableLight, is equipped in an AS350 test rotorcraft which will be located at the Dallas Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center Vertiport and available for onsite customer demo flights during the exposition.
StableLight is currently in the process of certification. StandardAero anticipates that the StableLight Supplemental Type Certification (STC) will receive FAA certification this summer and shortly thereafter, the STC will also be approved by EASA and Transport Canada.
During the HAI/Heli-expo, StandardAero and Thales are inviting AS350/H125 helicopters operators and owners to fly and test StableLight for themselves. Any AS350/H125 helicopter operator attending HAI or with facilities in Western United States may request a demonstration flight at or after HAI as the helicopter returns to its home base in Vancouver, Canada.
“These flight demos will enable operators to feel the advantages of a true 4-axis autopilot. They will experience its hands-off capabilities and see how pilot workload is reduced while both mission efficiency and safety are significantly increased,” said Christian Blagborne, Technical Sales Manager for StandardAero’s Helicopters business unit.
Demo flights will require registration prior to HAI/Heli-Expo and have limited availability. Operators interested in booking a flight test may contact Christian Blagborne at the following email and phone number: [email protected], +1-236-688.1934.
StandardAero’s theme at the annual 2022 HAI/Heli-Expo event is “Growing to Serve You Better.” Visit StandardAero at Booth 2417 at the Dallas Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center during Heli-Expo from March 8-10. For more information, go to www.standardaero.com.
StandardAero is one of the world's largest independent providers of services including engine and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, engine component repair, engineering services, interior completions and paint applications. StandardAero serves a diverse array of customers in business and general aviation, airline, military, helicopter, components and energy markets. StandardAero is owned by global investment firm Carlyle. For more information about StandardAero, go to www.standardaero.com.
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