Photo courtesy of HeliTrak
HeliTrak said it has received parts manufacturing approval certification for its collective pull down, the first of its products to reach the market. The Gig Harbor, Washington-based parts manufacturer has already obtained an FAA-approved model list supplemental type certificate for the product in October.
The lightweight collective pull down senses low rotor revolutions per minute and automatically lowers the collective, giving the pilot more time to recognize the situation to perform a successful autorotation. The component can be installed in all models of helicopters.
The collective pull down was introduced at Heli-Expo in 2015. The company has another product, introduced at Heli-Expo last year — the HeliTrak Autopilot, which is pending FAA certification and is expected to be available in early 2017 for Robinson Helicopters R22s.