Sun, May 18, 2008
Bill Patterson Might Trade Up To 55X
S-Tec announced recently that Bill Patterson of Montrose County,
CO was the lucky winner of the company's System Thirty autopilot
giveaway. Patterson’s name was drawn from the hundreds of entries the company
received during last month's Lakeland air show.
"I’m extremely excited about it all," Patterson said.
"I’ve had an S-Tec System 30 in my T210 for three years and
it’s been great. I really like it a lot."
A 4,000 hour Instrument rated pilot, Patterson said that he
recently purchased a 1973 Cessna T337G pressurized Skymaster and
was already planning to upgrade the current Cessna autopilot to a
new S-Tec System 55X when he got the news that he had won.
"I’ve already talked to the folks at my local S-Tec
dealer, Depot Avionics about trading up from the System 30 to a
55X," he said. "As much as I like the '30' I think the 55X is
better suited for my Skymaster. The System 55X offers two features
that I really want: Course and Glide Slope capture
Patterson is Chief Engineer for TEI Rockdrills, a company his
family started in 1980, the same year he got his pilot’s
license. "We’re the only company in America still making
impact-type rock drills and I use the airplanes to fly all over the
country and even into Canada and Mexico visiting our customers," he
"We couldn’t be happier that a current S-Tec customer won
our 30th Anniversary System 30 giveaway," said Greg Plantz, VP of
Sales and Marketing. "Mr. Patterson is just the type of pilot who
will benefit from having a new, more reliable autopilot in his
aircraft. He flies a lot of long trips into rural airports. A
reliable autopilot will really reduce his workload."
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