Avionics Report

April 2018 Issue

Budget Autopilots: Growing STC Approvals

The lower-priced autopilot market is finally turning the page as installation approvals expand. You can now get the latest digital tech for under $10,000 installed.

Second to engine replacements, autopilots top the list of the most expensive aftermarket retrofits you can make to the aircraft. Until recently, pricey entry-level systems didnít offer much more than basic wing-leveling functions.

But thanks to a welcomed switch in FAA regulatory mentality, the certified market has recently seen no fewer than three new budget-based and full-featured autopilots (priced under ten grand) trickle down from the experimental aircraft world. This includes the Garmin GFC500, the Trio Avionics Pro Pilot and TruTrak Vizion, which all earned STCs last summer.

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