This unit has been replaced by the AP70Mk2
The AP70 is a state of the art type approved autopilot*. It can be used as a standalone autopilot control unit, or is perfect as a second station in an AP80 system.
With its completely new and unique colour user interface and intuitive graphics, ability to store up to 3 individual scenario profiles, and self-learning software, this modular system makes installation and operation so easy. You won’t find another pilot on the market that boasts the same performance, durability and versatility without the high cost.
The AP70 has a 5inch bonded high sunlight viewable screen, and can be panel (flush) or bracket mounted.
Like all our products, Simrad's autopilot systems are backed by a full two-year warranty that is supported by a global service network.
The AP70 integrate with 3 different full function remotes: Follow-Up Control, Non Follow-Up Control, and the Quick Stick™. Each has a 35mm x 25mm (approximately 1inch) display, are type approved, and can be desktop or panel (flush) mounted. Each remote is also backward compatible with Simrad’s AP24, AP28, NSS, NSE, and NSO.
- The FU80 (a manoeuvre controller) is a Follow Up remote which means that the rudder, when hand steering, moves to the commanded angle set by turning the knob to port or starboard.
- The NF80 (a drive controller) is a Non Follow Up remote which means that the rudder, when hand steering, moves as long as the steering lever is kept at maximum port/starboard position. It can also be used for course change when autosteering. The lever has spring return to mid-position.
- The QS80 (Quick Stick controller) operates the same way as NF80 when the joystick is kept to port or starboard. When the joystick is moved forward and released, the autopilot goes into automatic mode. When the joystick is moved backwards when automatic steering is active, the autopilot goes to standby. If the joystick is moved backwards when standby, the rudder moves to mid-position. The joystick has spring return to center position.
The Simrad AP70 brings a range of new autopilot computers. Their main job is to receive events from the various control units and remotes on SimNet, transmit the chosen mode back to the control units, and steer the vessel according to current mode.