Cobham Granted HeliSAS CAAC Certification in China

Jan. 28, 2013
The Civilian Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted STC #VSTC0591 to Cobham, allowing installation of HeliSAS on hundreds of Bell 407 helicopters in that country.

MINERAL WELLS, Texas – Cobham Commercial Systems has announced a significant milestone for their HeliSAS™ Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot. The Civilian Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) #VSTC0591 to Cobham, allowing installation of HeliSAS on hundreds of Bell 407 helicopters in that country.

With more than 100 systems installed in the United States, Australia, and South America, HeliSAS is making safer rotorcraft flight possible around the world. The two-axis, attitude hold/attitude command flight control system significantly reduces pilot workload and allows pilots to perform many cockpit functions hands-free. HeliSAS’ Stability Augmentation System (SAS) enhances flight stability by providing precise control during all modes of flight, regardless of wind conditions or aircraft center of gravity.

Said Roger Smith, Cobham Commercial Systems’ General Manager: “This CAAC approval is truly groundbreaking. China is one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in the world, and we’re pleased to be able to make HeliSAS available to hundreds of Bell operators.”
Cobham’s HeliSAS representative in China is DAC International. Visit for further information.

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Cobham Commercial Systems is a leading provider of integrated avionics systems for military and civil customers. Cobham's avionics systems can be offered individually or integrated to provide an entire cockpit. Its synthetic vision Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) revolutionized safety in low-level flight operations and is now approved on more than 700 aircraft and helicopter models. Cobham's new Helicopter Stability Augmentation System (HeliSAS) adds to its extensive range of fixed wing auto-pilot solutions and brings added safety within the reach of a host of operators for whom such systems were previously too expensive and heavy.