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StandardAero to begin installations for revolutionary light helicopter autopilot

StandardAero Press Release | February 26, 2024

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In partnership with Thales, StandardAero is pleased to begin providing kits and installations of the world’s first full four-axis autopilot specifically engineered for H125 helicopters, starting this June.

The company is currently taking orders for kits and reservations for production slots.

Based on Thales’ Compact Autopilot System, this new solution, commercially known as StableLight, is a feature-packed system in a compact, lightweight package, perfectly suited for light rotorcraft.

​StableLight transforms the flight control experience of the helicopter with its stability augmentation that works precisely and without feedback in the control sticks.

Features include stabilized climb flight attitude recovery, auto pull-up terrain avoidance, auto hover and more in a system which drastically decreases pilot workload while providing what is arguably the most significant improvement in performance that this aircraft has seen in decades.

“StableLight brings transport category autopilot capabilities to this light helicopter,” said Neena Gill, vice president and general manager for StandardAero’s Helicopters business unit.  

“Most importantly, it improves safety with its built-in safety features that can help to mitigate inflight risks like IIMC (inadvertent instrument meteorological conditions) and CFIT (controlled flight into terrain), while reducing pilot workload and fatigue during normal operations.”

Revolutionary products like StableLight continue to bolster StandardAero’s broad array of world-class helicopter services including airframe assembly, engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), upgrades, and custom solutions—through to the closing of customer programs.

StandardAero provides tip to tail services for Airbus and Bell model helicopters including engine MRO, complete engine accessory overhaul, airframe maintenance, avionics, structural repairs, AOG and field service support and various dynamic component at five facilities located in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. 

Visit StandardAero at booth #1922 the annual 2024 HAI/Heli-Expo event on February 27-29 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. 

This press release was prepared and distributed by StandardAero.

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