Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. (IS&S) has entered into an agreement with Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. to partner as a distributor and installation center for IS&S’s NextGen Flight Deck and Integrated Turboprop Autothrottle for the King Air 200 and 350 platforms.
IS&S explains that the NextGen Flight Deck applies its recently STC’d PC-12 flight deck with its Patent Pending autothrottle, the first and only FAA certified for Part 91 and 135 operations. It can then be fully integrated with Primary Flight Displays (PFD) and Multi-Function Display (MFD) with dual satellite based augmentation system (SBAS) GPS receivers in support of the Integrated Flight Management System (IFMS™) with LPV approach capability. The result is an integrated avionics suite providing unrivaled situational awareness, safety enhancements and operational performance.
The IS&S Turboprop Autothrottle allows a pilot to automatically control the power settings of the engine. The Autothrottle computes and controls appropriate power levels and features an automatic take-off and go-around mode that smoothly brings the turbine engine to max power in a few seconds. The Autothrottle’s engine out thrust control will automatically adjust the remaining engine power if the airspeed falls below minimum-control airspeed Vmc. The pilot can maintain control as the Autothrottle mitigates the adverse YAW allowing the aircraft to safely accelerate under full control.
The Autothrottle includes two other major modes; the torque hold and airspeed hold modes, where the pilot selects the desired torque or desired airspeed. At all times and regardless of the mode, the system protects the aircraft from over and under speed as well as protects the engine from over torque or over temperature.
When engaged by the pilot, the Autothrottle system adjusts the throttles automatically to achieve and hold the selected airspeed guarded by a torque/temperature limit mode. If the pilot manually adjusts the power level and approaches torque or temperature limits the Autothrottle will warn the pilot with a built-in throttle handle shaker system.
IS&S will utilize a King Air provided by Blackhawk Modifications for flight testing and expects an STC shortly.