Mineral Wells, Texas – May 21, 2010 – Cool City Electronics, Inc. (CCE) announces that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has informed the company of the issuance of the FAA Technical Standard Order Authorization (TSOA) for the CCE Stability Augmentation System (SAS), which consists of the SAS Computer with solid state gyros, as well as a Series Linear Actuator and a Series Rotary Actuator, both mounted in the flight control system in series with the pilot.
Cool City Avionics will be marketing this new system to the rotorcraft market, initially for the Robinson model R-44II helicopter. The SAS-100 is a stability augmentation system that improves the helicopter’s basic rate damping in turbulence by reducing the affect of high-rate upsets.
This approval by the FAA authorizes CCE to manufacture the SAS systems, however they cannot be installed in an aircraft until CCE receives further FAA approval in the form of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). CCE is currently in the process of securing the SAS STC for the Robinson R-44II helicopter, which is expected in the fourth quarter of 2010.
The SAS-100 system is the first CCE product to receive FAA certification. It offers roll and pitch stabilization that improves the handling qualities of a helicopter, while being transparent to the pilot.
“The receipt of the FAA TSOA for the SAS is a significant milestone in our product development program, said Jim Irwin, president and CEO. The SAS-100 is a relatively low cost way to make a small helicopter handle like a larger helicopter with more precision. We look forward to receiving the STC and beginning production of the SAS-100 systems late this year.”