Skyryse has completed the world’s first-ever fully automated autorotation emergency landing procedure, a new safety feature for Skyryse technology-equipped planes and helicopters.

Skyryse will unveil the first production helicopter featuring its technology — including the world’s first simplified control system — in Q1 of next year.

“Every year, more than 400 people lose their lives in general aviation accidents just in the United States alone,” said Mark Groden, founder and CEO of Skyryse.

“Fully automated autorotation is just one example of how our technology will bring a commercial grade of safety and beyond to general aviation.”

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Skyryse’s technology is a highly automated flight control system capable of being installed on any aircraft and is the first system that works with the pilot through a reimagined HMI (Human Machine Interface) to manage complex emergency procedures — including one of the most dangerous and harrowing scenarios in all of general aviation — the failure of a helicopter engine.

In this situation, helicopter pilots have less than two seconds to perform a fully manual series of multiple control movements in a maneuver called an autorotation.

Because of the complexity of current control systems, no helicopter has ever been able to automate this manoeuvre until now.

Using proprietary redundant flight controls and a suite of sensors, the Skyryse system quickly recognises a power failure and sets in motion multiple procedures, and with a push of a button, makes the landing uneventful.

From entry to steady descent, it lowers the pitch, aligns the nose, manages aircraft stability, completes the flare, and lands gracefully at the desired landing location.Subscribe to the FINN weekly newsletter

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