Aircraft manufacturer Britten-Norman and flight control system developer Genesys Aerosystems have announced a collaboration certify the latest S-TEC 3100 autopilot system on Britten-Norman’s range of Islander aircraft.
The agreement will see Genesys Aerosystems and Britten-Norman work together to test and install the S-TEC 3100 at Britten-Norman’s MRO facility at Solent Airport, Daedalus. The modification for the Islander is due to be released in Spring 2023.
Britten-Norman’s Chief Executive, William Hynett, said: “Our Technical Capabilities team keeps the Islander’s aircraft systems under constant review, looking for affordable technology that will compliment the Islander and enhance customer experience. Whilst we are firmly focused on the development of our next generation of zero-carbon aircraft, we feel that it is equally essential that we provide focused support to our highly valued, long-standing customers. Introducing affordable upgrades to the retrofit market is a key part of that strategy.”
Britten-Norman’s Technical Director, Mark Shipp, commented: “We chose the S-TEC 3100 because it offers our customers a next generation autopilot capability that enhances safety and which is simple to fit to the aircraft. The S-TEC 3100 is a 3 axis autopilot with full integration to the aircrafts avionics suite.”
Jamie Luster, Director Sales and Marketing Genesys Aerosystems, added: “We look forward to improving and upgrading the in-flight experience of Britten-Norman operators after upgrading to the S-TEC 3100 digital flight control system.”
According to Britten-Norman, the S-TEC 3100 autopilot solution has proven to be a success in the general aviation sector due to its easy integration and affordability. The S-TEC 3100 Digital Flight Control System (DFCS) is an attitude-based autopilot that gives pilots a list of workload-reducing and safety-enhancing capabilities that were previously unavailable on aftermarket autopilots.