The STC Group announced that the next STCs for the installation kit of the non-TSO’ d Trio Pro Pilot digital autopilot will be for Cessna 190 and 195 aircraft. The news came in what was a press released related to the STC of the Grumman AA-5.
Trio was established in 2000 and has delivered some 3,000 autopilots around the world. Trio Avionics and The STC Group LLC have delivered over 175 Trio Pro Pilot Autopilots to the legacy General Aviation fleet since August 2017.
The current Approved Model List (AML) covers all variants of the Cessna 172, 175, 180, 182, 185, PA-28, and now the Grumman [Tru Flight Holdings LLC) AA-5.
STCs for the Cessna 190 and 195 and Mooney 20/201 series are expected next. Popular piston-powered Cessna 200 series aircraft, Piper PA-24, 30, 32 and 39 aircraft are in active development and expect to be STC’d this Fall.
The full-featured Trio Pro Pilot autopilot brings a robust set of two axis autopilot features to the legacy fleet at an affordable price. The two-axis Pro Pilot model utilizes roll and auto-trim pitch servos to provide precise horizontal and vertical navigation capabilities. Altitude control includes climb and descent functions with altitude pre-select. Vertical navigation can be flown at pilot-selected speeds.
When connected to a WAAS-enabled GPS, the Trio Pro Pilot can fly the lateral and vertical portions of RNAV approaches and other procedures. However, the Trio ProPilot works well with most handheld GPS units and is ideal for the VFR pilot. Among other things, the digital autopilot provides flight envelope protection, nudging the flight controls away from an overspeed or stall situation. An “automatic 180-degree turn” feature can guide VFR pilots out of inadvertent weather encounters—a feature that has been credited with saving lives in experimental aircraft.