TruTrak has for years been the most successful seller of autopilots to homebuilt aircraft. When Light-Sport Aircraft came along and quickly developed into high-tech aircraft, they attracted many general aviation aircraft owners. Because many of those Cessna & Piper owners were used to having an autopilot they wanted the same equipment for their new LSA or kit aircraft. TruTrak responded quickly and became the leading brand. Stick your head in the cockpit of the top LSA and you will often see TruTrak.
In mid-2015, TruTrak took a big step forward. The Arkansas company teamed up with Florida-based Levil Technology to bring ECO (Eee-ko) to the market. As our video below shows, this is a trail-blazing product for its almost unbelievably light weight and remarkably low price.
TruTrak said, "ECO is designed to be an affordable, simple, two-axis autopilot with automatic envelope protection (AEP)." What is automatic envelope protection?
AEP allows the pilot to set a safe bank angle of their own choice along with a designated pitch angle. These values can change per owner but allow that pilot to stay within his or her comfort zone. "When AEP is armed, the system automatically inputs a light force into the controls to move the aircraft back inside the desired envelope," said CEO Andrew Barker. Instead of attaching to the primary aircraft controls, ECO uses a robust, fast, light-weight servo and tab assembly. This allows for a much lighter weight autopilot system and saves drastically on system cost. Typical complete system install weighs less than one pound.
The best news about ECO may be its excellent price. Autopilots used to be very expensive back in the day. No more! ECO sells for around $1,200, which represents quite a bargain.
TruTrak also makes a range of autopilots plus a very compact Primary Flight Display (PFD). Check them all out by clicking the graphic strip above or click here to go straight to their product summary page.