S-Tec Launches Digital Autopilot

With advanced capabilities, new box will challenge in aftermarket.

S-Tec 5000

S-Tec 5000

** S-TEC 5000**

S-Tec parent company Cobham launched a new digital autopilot, the S-Tec 5000, a dual digital system with a number of advanced capabilities and pricing that on paper make it a potent competitor in the replacement autopilot marketplace.

In addition to typical advanced autopilot capabilities like altitude hold, preselect, vertical speed and indicated airspeed hold, the new flight controller will boast envelope protection and straight and level recovery (with a feature compatible FMS), as well as three-axis autotrim and altitude step down, the latter for step-down approaches, as well as an available analog interface.

Cobham hasn't yet announced pricing for the 5000, but it is expected to be competitively priced against existing aftermarket digital autopilots. Cobham says the product will be available for delivery in late 2015 or early 2016.

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