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April 03, 2004

Biggest 'Buzz' At AEA '04? Chelton's New Autopilot!

Not all of this year's "surprises," at the highly successful 2004 rendition of the Aircraft Electronics Association's Tradeshow/Convention were expected to be quite this cool... even by the nosy folks at ANN. Chelton introduced a somewhat novel new autopilot system that leaves little to want for, once the initial install is over. Jam-packed with features and capabilities, the Chelton AP-3C diverges from the norm in that pitch attitude control is derived from pitch trim motivation. Unlike many light GA autopilots, the AP-3C does NOT use a pitch servo to drive the elevator.

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