For aircraft owners looking for a less-expensive autopilot option, EAA subsidiary EAA STC, LLC has begun selling STCs for TruTrak’s Vizion autopilot. TruTrak got Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) from the FAA for installation of the Vizion in select Part 23 aircraft earlier this spring.
At the moment, the Vizion is available for Cessna 172 models F through S. EAA and TruTrak are working to expand that list in the near future. Next in line are additional 172 models and the Cessna 177. For interested owners of other types of aircraft, TruTrak has an online signup form to help them decide where to take the autopilot next.
The Vizion is a 2-axis autopilot that is capable of connecting with both handheld and panel-mounted GPS units. It also has an emergency level feature. Though not yet authorized, the system is capable of performing coupled instrument approaches. The Vizion comes in three models—standard, 3-inch, and flat pack—all for the same price of $5,000. The EAA STC is on sale to members for $100. TruTrak estimates an average install time of about 18 hours, which, if it proves true, is a very quick install for an autopilot.