Cool City Avionics has released a new aftermarket autopilot for R44 and R66 helicopters. The nits start at $40,000 and run upwards of $80,000 based on options. One popular option is “Orbit Mode” which allows the helicopter to follow a 360-degree path.
This is exciting news for recreational pilots. Previous to the announcement, only multimillion dollar helicopters had autopilot options which caused increased workload for pilots flying more affordable copters. Now recreational pilots can obtain a used R44 with a functioning autopilot for around $300k. This should help to increase the utility of private helicopter ownership.