The Autopilot Control Unit is the interface between the Oblò/Eclipse instrument and Servos, it allowsthefast and easycontrols of the different flightfunctions with the Heading/Tracking, Navigation and Altitudepushbuttons and also by rotating the two knobs to select the target altitude or heading/tracking.
A green power-on LED clearly indicates when the unit is operating; if the autopilot is currently engaged the pushbuttons corresponding at the operation mode are illuminated.
The ACU is available in averticalversion (picture on the left) or in ahorizontalversion (picture below).
-Cod.701050 ACU-V (vertical mount)
- Cod.701051 ACU-H (horizontal mount)
The three operating modes are:
HDG/TRKto hold magnetic heading or GPS tracking, depending on what you have currently selected in the instrument Oblò/Eclipse.
NAVis used for horizontal navigation, tracking a host GPS flight plane or a GOTO.
ALTto hold altitude.
There are also present safety features such asautomatic course reversal, that performs a 180° rotation useful in both selectionable directions in case of unwanted entering in IMC conditions when an immediate reverse direction is needed.
For quick operations there are two separate knobs for target selection: one for heading/tracking and the other for the altitude.