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Genesys Aerosystems Develops Full-Functioning Next- Generation S-TEC 3100 Digital Flight Control System


Genesys Aerosystems recently announced its new S-TEC 3100 Digital Flight Control System (DFCS), developed for FAA Part 23 single- and twin-engine aircraft.


“We’re excited to announce the next-generation S-TEC 3100 digital flight control system as the latest addition to our extensive line of aftermarket autopilot solutions that provide exceptional features and performance at attractive pricing,” Genesys Aerosystems’ Director of Sales and Marketing Jamie Luster said. “As the leader in aftermarket autopilots, with over 1,500 STCs, we were able to utilize our vast autopilot experience to leverage the technology from our Level A S-TEC 5000 autopilot to bring a more cost-effective solution to the Part 23 market. This technology provides light aircraft owners with similar safety features as larger aircraft at an affordable price.”


“We’ve worked diligently with piston aircraft owners to identify what were the most important feature sets for our next autopilot, and undoubtedly it was envelope protection and one-button straight and level recovery,” she said. “We’re excited to bring these new


capabilities to the S-TEC 3100 autopilot. It’s like having a virtual copilot along on every flight.”


Luster also explained that another goal of the Genesys Aerosystems engineering team was to ensure that the S-TEC 3100 was designed with open architecture to easily integrate with both legacy analog avionics such as HSIs and DGs and today’s advanced digital systems such as complete EFIS displays. In addition, it was designed to require minimal additional equipment to keep the incremental cost as low as possible.


In addition to Envelope Protection and Straight and Level Recovery, the next-generation S-TEC 3100 digital flight control system features the option for a 2-axis or 3-axis autopilot system with flight director and optional yaw damper built into the autopilot. Other features include precision and non-precision approach mode, heading hold, altitude preselect and hold with autotrim, vertical speed control, indicated airspeed control, course intercept, and more.


Heli-One USA Celebrates 10 Years of Arriel Service


Heli-One recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of servicing Arriel engines at its American facility in Fort Collins, Colorado. As one of only three Level 4 facilities in North America, Heli-One USA is qualified to perform full repair and overhaul on Arriel engines. Heli-One’s overhaul turnaround time is an impressive 45 calendar days, allowing customers to reduce pool asset


inventory, minimize downtime, and return to service sooner.


The Fort Collins shop has serviced multiple Safran engine families since 1993 and first began working on the Arriel variant in 2007. This long-term relationship with Safran has allowed Heli-One USA to develop valuable expertise.


L3’s MX-15 Electro-Optical and Infrared (EO/ IR) System Selected by Airbus Helicopters for Two Foreign Militaries


L3 Technologies recently announced that its WESCAM division has received an order from Airbus Helicopters to provide 37 MXTM


-15 electro- optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems for


installation on multiple fleets of H225M Caracal helicopters. The systems will be installed in France before being delivered to two foreign governments for military deployment.


“This order expands L3’s international business base while creating a new market opportunity for our leading WESCAM products,” said Michael T. Strianese, L3’s chairman and CEO.


“L3 WESCAM is proud to have been chosen to supply its MX-15 systems, as it highlights our role as a trusted global supplier of advanced imaging technologies to the OEM marketplace,” added Mike Greenley, president of L3 WESCAM. “Additionally, it confirms


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Heli-One USA has increased capabilities over time to include 15 variants of the Arriel 1 and Arriel 2. They continue to enhance capabilities through additional repairs to lower cost and improve turn time for customers.


“The Fort Collins team is highly valued and respected,” Heli-One Interim President Eddie Lane said. “Expertise gained through education and hands-on experience makes them a technical and turn around time leader in engine MRO. We cannot say enough about the quality of their work. Congratulations on 10 years of exemplary service.”


that the highly specialized optics and leading technologies in L3’s systems continue to meet the needs of emerging mission portfolios, ranging from combative military to time-sensitive response and recovery operations.”


The first delivery of 19 units will support a variety of missions, including search and rescue, aeromedical evacuation and assistance, and disaster relief. The second delivery will provide a highly detailed, multispectral view of combat search and rescue, naval operations, medical evacuation and military transportation efforts to mission operators.


L3’s MX-15 can be configured with up to six imaging and lasing payloads, each of which shares the highest level of stabilization. Sensor options include a high-definition (HD) thermal imager, color lowlight continuous zoom, daylight step zoom spotter, day/ night spotter, laser rangefinder and a laser illuminator. L3’s MX-15 can be found on additional models of Airbus helicopters, including the H125 and UH-72A.


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