Genesys Aerosystems announced receiving a Cessna 177 supplemental type certificate (STC) for the S-TEC 3100 autopilot, with plans to begin shipping units in June.
The STC adds the Cessna Cardinal to an approval list for the digital autopilot that includes the Cessna 210, Cessna 182, and Beechcraft Bonanza A35/36 models.
The two-axis S-TEC 3100 digital autopilot (a three-axis version is available for some models) offers enhanced features including automatic trim, envelope protection and alerting, one-button straight-and-level recovery, indicated airspeed hold, altitude preselect (requiring baro input), and others. The autopilot supports many third-party electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) displays, and has its own internal air data and attitude and heading reference system in case an EFIS is not installed.
“The initial feedback from owners installing the S-TEC 3100 has been very positive. Our dealers also appreciate the ease of installation. Everything in our installation kit is included, dealers just provide the labor and wires,” said Genesys Aerosystems Director of Sales and Marketing Jamie Luster.
“We’ve also seen incredible support from owner groups. Many have approached us with a group of owners ready to buy the latest digital autopilot and we are happy to move the airframe up in the priority list.” he added.
For customers interested in upgrading from an existing S-TEC system, pricing starts at $9,995.
The full S-TEC 3100 system (two-axis with trim) retails for $19,995. Customers that submit a purchase order to their dealer ahead of the STC issuance for their airframe will receive a two-year warranty on their existing S-TEC servos, regardless of age and condition. New systems will come with a three-year factory warranty.
Genesys Aerosystems said the next aircraft “on the 3100 STC roadmap” include the Cessna P210; Cessna 310, 320, 335, 340, and 340A; Cessna 414, 421, and 425; and the Piper PA-32 and PA-46 series.