The autopilot trainer model APT-02 is configured with S-TEC two-axis autopilot. The autopilot trainer is laid out to provide a clear view of the entire system to the students. The autopilot servos are attached to sections of control surfaces to replicate the control surface movements of a real aircraft. The tilt/turn mechanism can effortlessly simulate various flight attitudes.
The trainer provides the students with a good understanding about the following:
- Operating principle of an autopilot
- How feedback signals are generated using gyro and absolute pressure transducer.
- Effect of sensor feedback signals on autopilot operation and control
- Operation of electrical servos
- Interaction between manual control and automatic flight control
- Characteristics of various autopilot modes of operation
- Troubleshooting various electrical faults in the autopilot system
- Mechanical linkages between autopilot servos and control surfaces
- Maintenance and rigging of the mechanical linkages in an autopilot system
A fault insertion panel allows the instructor to insert faults in the system to provide troubleshooting training to the students.
The autopilot trainer includes the following items:
- The Programmer/Computer unit
- Turn Coordinator
- Directional Gyro
- Roll Servo
- Pitch Servo
- NAV/ILS Simulator
- VOR and Localizer indicator
- Pressure Transducer (for simulated altitude)
- Magnetic Compass
The following documentation is provided with the trainer:
The autopilot derives the Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) information from built-in sensors. The AHRS sensors include:
- System Wiring Diagram
- Technical Manual
- User’s / Operating Manual
The trainer is also supplied with a comprehensive Computer-based Training (CBT) courseware to enhance students’ understanding and to provide the essential knowledge about autopilots used in small and large airplanes.