Speech recognition system wins FAA approval

VoiceFlight Systems has received an FAA Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the VFS101, allowing it to be installed on almost all types of general aviation aircraft under 6,000 lbs. maximum takeoff weight (MTOW). With this approval the VFS101 can be installed into hundreds of aircraft models with Garmin systems without requiring field approval from local Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO).

The VFS101 is the first pilot speech recognition system certified by the FAA. It allows pilots to enter waypoints into Garmin GNS 430W and GNS 530W GPS/Nav/Com Systems 10 times faster than can be accomplished using the built-in knobs, according to company officials. The system automatically expands Victor Airways, providing further assistance to pilots flying in complex IFR environments, officials note, adding a set of flightplan editing commands allows the pilot to handle in-flight ATC reroutes in seconds while remaining “heads up” in the cockpit.

“We have heard from many pilots who were very excited about adding a VFS101 to their airplane, but did not want to deal with the hassle and added cost of securing an FAA field approval from their FSDO,” said J. Scott Merritt, founder and president of VoiceFlight. “With this AML that is no longer an issue. Pilots of almost every aircraft under 6,000 lbs. can now have the VFS101 installed in their planes with a minimum of paperwork.”

The VFS101 is available for immediate installation at a suggested list price of $1,995.

For more information: VoiceFlight.com

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