Kings Avionics, a 40-year old avionics facility based at Salt Lake City International Airport, has developed the procedures and engineering to make it possible to install S-TEC autopilots into an R/STOL-equipped aircraft, now marketed through Sierra Industries Ltd.
Previously an S-TEC autopilot installation in an aircraft with an R/STOL or other speed modification was sometimes impossible since the installation would void the autopilot STC. Working with the Salt Lake City Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) and the factory engineers at Cobham (S-TEC), Kings Avionics has devised a means to legally install this autopilot. Installation is most common on Cessna’s popular 300- and 400-series aircraft.
“Over the years, we have installed hundreds of autopilots in all types of aircraft, but we were forced to turn down many prospective autopilot customers who wanted a new S-TEC autopilot installation. Turning down business is something no avionics shop wants to do, so we devised a means to perform this installation legally,” said Kings Avionics President Steve Hayden.
The scope of the installation includes building special brackets, cables and the necessary attachments. Hayden explains the process: “In some cases the servos cannot mount in the location called out in the S-TEC STC for the aircraft because of conflicts with the Robertson modification. In that case, we relocate servos to an approved location, manufacture servo brackets and extend or manufacture bridle cables as necessary for proper operation of the completed autopilot system. Other installations may require modifications to the attach points of the bellcrank assembly.”
Following installation, the next step is to gain FAA engineering approval and to complete flight testing.
“Of course, we continue to work closely with our FSDO throughout each installation,” says Hayden. “Aircrafts owners can be assured that the installation will not only be done by our experienced, specialized technicians, but that the installation will conform to the exact letter of all FAA regulations.”
Based at Salt Lake City International Airport in the Million Air maintenance complex, Kings Avionics is authorized to repair or overhaul components from nearly every major avionics manufacturer. The state-of-the-art facilities include bench repair stations, clean rooms and calibration labs. Because of our updated facilities and experienced personnel, the FAA and manufacturers have granted Kings Avionics the repair station ratings and privileges to service general and commercial aircraft, including those operated under Part91, Part 121, Part 125, and Part 135 guidelines.
Kings Avionics, Inc.