S-TEC 3100 Digital Autopilot coming to the PA-24 Series

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  1. Doug Tellef

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    After a very enthusiastic Airventure, I am very happy to report that we are over the top! We have received enough pre-orders for the certification of the S-TEC 3100 DFCS in the PA-24 to proceed to the next step – getting the certification on the schedule. It was a pleasure to meet many of you at the show. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and thanks for all the enthusiasm!


    We will now need to confirm and firm up at least 15 of the pre-orders. In the next few days, if you have submitted a pre-order, your dealer will be getting a 3100 configuration form from us. We use this form to ensure we correctly configure the 3100 for your aircraft. By filling out this form, it will also make your pre-order a firm order. Your dealer may ask for a deposit because if the order is cancelled after confirmation, there will be a 20% cancellation fee. If you have not yet submitted your pre-order it is not too late to get it in and take advantage of the special extended warranty offer!


    The next scheduled opening for a certification project is in October - only a little over 6 weeks away! That would put STC completion early next year, with kits generally shipping about a month after that. The sooner we can get 15 confirmations, the more likely it is that the Comanche will get that October slot! In order to get this slot we will need the completed configuration sheets from the dealers by Mid-September.

    Now is the perfect time to get your Purchase Order in before the special extended warranty offer (listed below) expires!

    Genesys Aerosystems S-TEC 3100 is a fully featured, attitude-based autopilot that gives you a list of workload-reducing and safety-enhancing capabilities that were previously unavailable on aftermarket autopilots. Compatible with traditional steam gauges or advanced digital sources & EFIS displays from various manufacturers, the S-TEC 3100 delivers unmatched features and benefits:


    • Precise, digital flight control for every phase of flight
    • 2-axis (3-axis option on some models)
    • Automatic Trim included
    • Envelope Protection/Alerting*
    • Straight and Level Recovery
    • Precision Approaches/Missed Approaches
    • Indicated Airspeed Hold*
    • Altitude Preselect*
    • And much more!
    *Additional equipment may be required in some configurations

    The most significant benefit to submitting a purchase order (early) is that we will extend the 2-year warranty to 3 years for all new parts from the factory (new installs and new controllers/servos). Also, we are offering a 2-year warranty on any currently installed S-TEC servos. No matter how old they are.

    The extended warranty offer is only valid until we gain the STC. Once that occurs, the regular warranty period will be offered.

    We already have commitments from the minimum number of interested owners to begin the process, however if you get your purchase order in before the STC is complete you will still get the benefits of the pre-order offer.


    For more information on the 3100 please view this link:


    https://genesys-aerosystems.com/products/s-tec-3100-digital-flight-control-system

    For the owners who currently have an S-TEC autopilot installed, the upgrade price will depend on the equipment already installed. The 3100 AP would be an outstanding bargain to get the benefits of a fully integrated digital autopilot, especially considering the additional safety features which it will bring. Upgrades start at $9,995 retail.

    For the owners who currently do not have an S-TEC autopilot installed. The 2-axis S-TEC 3100 is $19,995 retail for a new digital flight control system, which includes altitude hold, auto trim and altitude preselect, as well as new features such as envelope protection and straight and level mode. The 3-axis version adds Yaw Damper and is $24,995 retail. You would need to talk to your dealer about installation time/price.



    Do you already have an S-TEC dealer that you are working with? If not you can find a dealer here:


    https://genesys-aerosystems.com/dealer-locator


    Please let me know if I can provide any more information. Thank you.



    Best Regards,


    Doug Tellef

    Inside Sales Representative

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    F: (940) 325-8808

    M: (940) 452-4882

    Email: Doug.Tellef@genesys-aerosystems.com

    Website: www.genesys-aerosystems.com



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    My order is in and money sent to Avionics Place. :)
     
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    I took advantage of the precertification offer when it was available for the 414. It's been a fantastic upgrade (I had an S-TEC 55X previously), and I can heartily recommend it.
     
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    Add another to the list of positive PIREP's on the 3100. For those that want to see it in action, I have several videos on my channel of it doing it's thing. My plane is having major surgery right now with all new wiring and new panels going in but I plan to do a dedicated approach video showing off all phases soon. It's truly capable of engaging at 200 feet agl on departure and disengaging at 200 agl (if you wish) even in busy/complex airspace, turbulence or crazy winds. Two thumbs up!
     
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    I am planning on calling them today to ensure that they get the completed configuration sheet in to us ASAP, we need those in by mid-september if we want to aim for the next STC scheduling slot.

    Thanks all!!! It is always great hearing the positive feedback!
     
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    Good Afternoon!

    I just wanted to let everyone know we are getting closer, since Friday we have had 7 PO's confirmed, so we are almost 1/2 way there. Please reach out to your dealers to let them know we need those order configuration sheets returned ASAP in order to get the next available STC schedule spot. I have called all the dealers who put in early (unconfirmed) PO's so they should be reaching out to you this week. I you haven't put in your order yet there is still time! Please reach out to me if I can answer any questions. Thank you and have a GREAT day!!
     
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    Good Afternoon, another status update, we have a couple more confirmed PO's in the last few days and are expecting more to come soon. We are getting very close! If you put in an early Pre-STC PO and have not yet been contacted by your dealer to complete the order configuration sheet and confirm your PO please reach out to them. I have put in calls and emails to all of the dealers that have submitted Pre-STC PO's, I have been told by a couple dealers that they are waiting to hear back from the owners.

    If you have not yet put in an order through your dealer there is still time to take advantage of the extended warranty!
    https://genesys-aerosystems.com/dealer-locator

    As always if you have any questions or if i can be of any assistance please let me know.
     
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    Good Afternoon,

    Quick update on the status of the PA24 series 3100 STC project. We are still reaching out to all the dealers who put in Pre-STC PO's to get those orders confirmed and reaching out to other owners who have expressed interest. As I mentioned earlier it was between the Lancair's and the PA24's to see which airframe would confirm the 15 necessary PO's first. The Lancair's got their's all confirmed very fast so they will get the first Oct slot, but hope is not lost! We are looking to get another Oct slot as we want to get the PA24's scheduled as quick as possible. This would allow us to still hit the early 2020 shipping goal. In order to get this slot we do still need to get several more orders confirmed. We are at 10 confirmed orders from the dealers and told of at least 3 more coming in the next few days. If you have not been contacted by your dealer yet to get your deposit in and complete the order configuration sheet please give them a call so we can move your order to the confirmed list. The faster we can get this done, the faster we can get the PA24's scheduled. As always if you have any questions, or want to verify that your order is on the confirmed list please reach out to me. Thank you and have a great day!
     
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    Good Afternoon,

    We are still moving forward with PA24 series certification for the 3100 digital autopilot system and would like to get this process started as soon as possible! In order to get this on the schedule and begin the process we need to confirm a couple more PO's and lock down an aircraft to be used for the STC project. We would like to find a PA24-400 to be used for the STC work as this would allow us to cover the entire PA24 series in one STC. The airframe would need to be at our hanger for approximately 3 months during the installation, flight testing, and FAA certification process. The install and flight testing will be done by our very experienced test pilot and staff who do this type of work daily! Mike Demeter is out at the International Comanche Society this week and has been reporting very positive feedback! If you have not had yet contacted your dealer to complete the order verification form and confirm you PO now is the time! The quicker we can get the PO's confirmed and an Aircraft the quicker we can begin the process and give an estimated shipping dates! We know that many dealers through out the country are very busy and their schedules are filling up fast, so I the earlier we can get you on their schedule the better! As always please let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of any Assistance. Thank you and have a great day!



    Best Regards,


    Doug Tellef
    Inside Sales Representative
    P: (817) 215-7628
    F: (940) 325-8808
    M: (940) 452-4882
    Email: Doug.Tellef@genesys-aerosystems.com
    Website: www.genesys-aerosystems.com

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