S-Plane to Make EG-15 Pilot-Optional

The German Stemme AG Ecaryrs EG-15, a single-engine aircraft with an 18m (59ft) wingspan intended for high altitude civil sector survey and surveillance missions, will receive an optionally piloted capability. This will be developed through a joint programme with South Africa-based S-Plane Automation, it was announced at the IDEX defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi in February. The capability will be based on the current S-Plane x-Kit system, intended to provide an optionally piloted capability for existing light aircraft. David C Isby