Genesys Aerosystems’ HeliSAS® Receives STC Approval for Bell 505

Genesys Aerosystems’ HeliSAS® Receives STC Approval for Bell 505

February 18, 2020 By kent

Stability Augmentation and Autopilot now available for the Bell 505

Mineral Wells, TX (February 18, 2020) –– Genesys Aerosystems announced today that they had received Supplemental Type Certification for the popular VFR HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System on the Bell 505.

The VFR HeliSAS for the Bell 505 is an extremely lightweight and affordable stability augmentation and autopilot, and the only solution currently certified in light to medium helicopters.  Features include straight and level flight recovery as well as Navigation following through all phases of the flight plan, Heading Hold, Altitude Hold, Indicated Airspeed Hold, and Vertical Navigation which allows for capture of ILS or GPS approaches.  HeliSAS for the Bell 505 also offers a new feature of envelope protection for over speed and under speed, and includes an option for Yaw control.

“Flight into Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Condition (IIMC) is one of the highest contributors to accidents in helicopters and VFR HeliSAS is the ideal copilot to ensure these events are minimized,” said Jamie Luster, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Genesys has delivered over 1,200 HeliSAS systems, and I get chills every time I hear a testimony from a HeliSAS owner that the system has saved their life and the lives of others.  We are extremely excited to bring this safety enhancement to the Bell 505.”

Shipping has begun for the Bell 505 VFR HeliSAS. It is available as a retrofit option in the field through a Genesys Aerosystems approved dealer or as a forward-fit option from Bell. Existing Bell 505 operators can also contact a Bell facility for retrofit options. Current retrofit pricing for the Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS on the Bell 505 is $70,259 for 2-axis and $85,259 for 3-axis. Pricing includes all equipment required, along with the installation kit; pricing does not include installation of the equipment. Orders are currently accepted through authorized dealers. Foreign authority validations are expected to follow in the coming weeks.

About Genesys Aerosystems
Genesys Aerosystems is a leading provider of integrated avionics systems for military and civil customers. Genesys Aerosystems’ 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. Genesys has shipped over 40,000 S-TEC autopilot systems. We offer one of the most comprehensive portfolios of autopilots for airplanes and helicopters. From low-cost analog wing levelers to sophisticated, digital, three-axis systems with Flight Director and envelope protection, S-TEC has over 1,500 FAA and international certifications for more than 1,000 aircraft types. And S-TEC’s HeliSAS® brings digital, full-authority autopilot and stability augmentation technology to light single and twin-engine helicopters. For more information, visit