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Autopilot System

Turn your ECLIPSE into an autopilot system by connecting the Autopilot Control Unit (ACU) and roll / pitch digital servos. You can set the autopilot to hold the magnetich heading, the GPS tracking, the ALTITUDE or follow a GOTO or a GPS flight plane in NAV mode.

Autopilot system is composed by the following components:
- ECLIPSE instrument with primary flight data (IFIS or PFD models)
- Autopilot Control Unit (ACU)
- One or two digital servos for 1 or 2-axis controlling.

ACU - Autopilot Control Unit

The Autopilot Control Unit is the interface between Eclipse and servos, with fast and easy user controls: simply engage one of the three operating modes by pressing the corresponding pushbutton and rotate the knob 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 to the operating mode are illuminated.

The three operating modes are:

  • HDG/TRK to hold magnetic heading or GPS tracking, depending on what you have currently selected in ECLIPSE.

  • NAV is used for horizontal navigation, tracking a host GPS flight plane or a GOTO.

  • ALT to hold altitude.

It's also present the automatic course reversal function, useful for example if you inadvertently enter in IMC conditions and need to immediately reverse direction.

For quick operations there are two separate knobs for target selection: one for heading/tracking and the other for the altitude.

The ACU is available in vertical version, suited for easily installing it on the left or right side of the ECLIPSE because it has the same vertical dimension (picture on the left) and in horizontal version (picture below).

Digital servo

This digital servo has been designed to have maximum reliability and safety. It is made from solid aluminium with hardened steel gears. When not engaged it has no residual torque and when engaged it’s reversible so the
maximum safety is guaranteed: the pilot can override the servo at any moment to take the control of the airplane. The microprocessor monitors motor current, temperature and other parameters and it disconnects the servo if something is out of the normal operational condition.

  • Specifications:
- Max dimensions: 113 x 97 x h65 mm
- Weight: 760g
- Maximum torque: 67 in-lb (7.5Nm).
- Mounting accessories are included in the kit

Cod. 701050 ACU Autopilot Control Unit-vertical version - 350.00 (exc. VAT)

Cod. 701051 ACU Autopilot Control Unit-horizontal version - 350.00 (exc. VAT)

Cod. 701061 Flybox digital servo 1 pc. - 849.00 (exc. VAT)

The units are sold for experimental aircraft only and are not certified devices.

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