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DART Aerospace first to release R66 basket

DART Aerospace first to release R66 basket

DART Aerospace, a privately owned international aerospace company, has officially released the first utility basket STC on the market designed for the Robinson R66 Turbine helicopter. The DART Heli-Utility-Basket™ is built from corrosion-resistant stainless steel and features a simple, safety improving, self-locking handle that assures lid closure and secures cargo during flight. The installation of… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 31-Mar-17

Rolls-Royce expands RR300 engine support for Robinson R66 helicopters

Rolls-Royce expands RR300 engine support for Robinson R66 helicopters

Rolls-Royce has expanded support for operators of its RR300 engines powering Robinson Helicopters R66 aircraft, adding new service locations, extended warranty coverage and updated technology. With nearly 800 RR300 engines delivered into the market for the R66, Rolls-Royce remains focused on delivering the best customer support possible. R66 operators have amassed more than 550,000 flight… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 13-Mar-17

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FAA approves Donaldson IBF for R66

FAA approves Donaldson IBF for R66

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has developed the first Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) for the Robinson R66 Turbine helicopter. Certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Feb. 24 as an addition to Robinson’s R66 Type Certificate, the IBF will be available as a factory option from Robinson Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 03-Mar-17

FAA Issues Shadin Avionics STC for Robinson R66 Fuel Flow Managements

FAA Issues Shadin Avionics STC for Robinson R66 Fuel Flow Managements

Shadin Avionics recently announced the completion and receipt of Supplemental Type Certificates for the installation of a RemoteFlo Fuel Flow System on the Robinson R66 helicopter and Rolls-Royce RR300 engine. The RemoteFlo offers R66 pilots access to real-time fuel flow management information directly on their GPS or Flight Management System. In addition to Fuel Flow,… Read more »

Source: Shadin Avionics, 10-Feb-17

First Robinson R66 arrives in Thailand

First Robinson R66 arrives in Thailand

Solaire Heliluck Aviation have recently imported the first R66 in Thailand, and it is now registered as HS-LLQ as seen in the photo here.  Engineering training and support for the built out of the crate was provided by Mornington Sanford Aviation. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com  

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jan-17

Robinson delivers 12,000th helicopter

Robinson delivers 12,000th helicopter

On December 23, 2016 R66 S/N 0763 became the 12,000th helicopter to roll off Robinson Helicopter’s production line. “A nice way to end the year,” said Robinson President, Kurt Robinson. S/N 0763 will be delivered to Hover Dynamics, one of three long-time Robinson dealers in South Africa. The helicopter was purchased by a new charter… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 26-Jan-17

Robinson’s R66 Turbine Marine Receives EASA Approval

Robinson’s R66 Turbine Marine Receives EASA Approval

On December 20, 2016 EASA issued final approval for the R66 Turbine Marine pop-out float installation. After tests conducted in July demonstrated the pop-out float installation meets Sea State 4 requirements, EASA officially approved the Marine to be used in emergency situations and for commercial operations. Sea State refers to the height, period, and character… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 11-Jan-17

New Zealand puts Robinson helicopters on safety Watchlist

New Zealand puts Robinson helicopters on safety Watchlist

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission in New Zealand yesterday added two new significant items to its Watchlist of most pressing concerns. One involves Robinson helicopter and the other safety issues for pedestrians and vehicles using railway level crossings. The detail provided on Robinson helicopters is as follows:- There are around 300 Robinson helicopters registered in… Read more »

Source: TAIC, 28-Oct-16

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Duties Lifted For Light Helicopters in Eurasian Economic Union

Duties Lifted For Light Helicopters in Eurasian Economic Union

The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission has lifted the customs duties on helicopters with empty weight of up to 1 ton. The countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, such as Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan will be affected by this temporary lift, which will run until the end of 2017. The decision was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-16

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New Garmin transponders approved for Robinson range

New Garmin transponders approved for Robinson range

The FAA has approved the integration of Garmin 335 and 345 Mode S transponders in the Robinson R22, R44 and R66 range. The newly approved transponders meet the ADS-B Out requirements without the need for an independent GPS system. Estimated at $3,900, the GTX 335 enables owners and operators to respect current regulations and at… Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-Oct-16

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Valair sells tenth R66 into Swiss market

Valair sells tenth R66 into Swiss market

Valair, the distributor for Robinson Helicopter Co in Switzerland, has recently delivered the tenth R66 now flying in the mountainous European country. Eight of these ten delivered new by Valair, with the other two bought pre-owned from the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. The latest example is serial 0728 and is the first R66… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-16

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FAA approves Garmin Mode S transponders in R22, R44 and R66

FAA approves Garmin Mode S transponders in R22, R44 and R66

FAA approves Garmin’s GTX 335 and 345 Mode S transponders for use in Robinson R22, R44 and R66 helicopters. The newly approved transponders meet impending ADS-B Out regulations without requiring a standalone GPS. Priced at $3,900, the GTX 335 enables owners and operators to meet impending regulations with minimal expense. At $6,300, the GTX 345… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 19-Jul-16

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Brazil approves Onboard Systems R66 Cargo Hook

Brazil approves Onboard Systems R66 Cargo Hook

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its cargo hook kits for the Robinson R66 aircraft have been certified for use in Brazil by the Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC). A Certificado de Homologacao Suplementar de Tipos (CHST) was issued for the cargo hook kits. Onboard… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 14-Mar-16

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Magellan Aerospace launches R66 Wire Strike Protection System

Magellan Aerospace launches R66 Wire Strike Protection System

Magellan Aerospace (“Magellan”) announced today that a Wire Strike Protection System™ (WSPS™) will soon be available for the Robinson R66 helicopter platform with the anticipated issuance of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) in the first quarter of 2016. The WSPS™ is designed to provide a measure of protection for helicopters in level flight in the… Read more »

Source: Magellan, 10-Mar-16

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FAA approves R66 aux tank

FAA approves R66 aux tank

Robinson Helicopter Company announces an optional 43-gallon auxiliary fuel tank for its R66 Turbine helicopter, extending the helicopter’s range by as much as 200 nautical miles (230 statute miles). The fuel tank mounts on a fiberglass tray that installs in the forward section of the baggage compartment. The tank occupies two-thirds of the compartment, leaving… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 24-Feb-16

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Guidance Aviation successfully using R66 for charter and lifting

Guidance Aviation successfully using R66 for charter and lifting

In both its Arizona and Louisiana locations, Guidance Aviation offers helicopter charter services utilizing the Robinson R66. Applications range from construction deliveries, airport shuttles, executive transportation, scenic tours, pipeline/power line assessment, and external loads. “The Robinson R66 helicopter has one of the lowest operating costs and best safety records in the industry,” stated Cody Cooper,… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 02-Feb-16

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Court dismisses Quantum Leasing R66 case against Robinson

Court dismisses Quantum Leasing R66 case against Robinson

A federal court in the District of Arizona, applying Ninth Circuit precedent, has weighed in on the limitations of personal jurisdiction over a non-resident engine manufacturer in the context of tort claims alleging failure to warn about changes in a helicopter engine Operation and Maintenance Manual (“OMM”). See Full Story  

Source: Holland & Knight, 27-Jan-16

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Robinson production 5% up in 2015 over 2014

Robinson production 5% up in 2015 over 2014

Robinson Helicopter delivered 347 aircraft in 2015, made up of 117 R66s, 196 R44s, and 34 R22s – a steady gain over 2014, which was in itself a huge drop over 2013.  Looking at each model, the R22 production was the lowest in six years, R44s were marginally ahead and the main percentage gain was… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 22-Jan-16

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All Metal MS launches Robinson maintenance stand

All Metal MS launches Robinson maintenance stand

All Metal MS, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of solution-driven, custom “Safety First” maintenance stands, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling, announced today the unveiling of its “Safety First” Robinson R22, R44, R66 Maintenance Stand (RW-SS-ROB66) which was delivered to 702 Helicopters located in Las Vegas. The Robinson R22, R44,… Read more »

Source: AllMetalMS, 12-Jan-16

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UK – Aeromega adds R66 to fleet

UK – Aeromega adds R66 to fleet

Cambridge based Aeromega have recently announced the addition of a Robinson R66 to their fleet.  In a blog post, they have said that their customer Marfleet Civil Engineering have just purchased the helicopter and the owners have completed their R66 type ratings. They continue by announcing that Marfleet have agreed that G-RMAR can be added… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-16

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Milestone 700th R66 rolls off the production line

Milestone 700th R66 rolls off the production line

Robinson’s 700th R66 Turbine rolled off the production line on December 18, 2015, five years after the 5-place helicopter was FAA certificated. Serial Number 700 is an R66 Turbine Marine, which is an R66 equipped with pop-out floats, and will be delivered to Robinson Dealer Air Technology Belgium. This will be the first Turbine Marine… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 04-Jan-16

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Advance Helicopters widen fleet with an R66

Advance Helicopters widen fleet with an R66

British training school Advance Helicopters have added a Robinson R66 to their fleet recently with a new customer-owned example delivered via Robinson dealer Heli Air.  Serial 0631 is registered G-FLOE and in an all-black scheme, and is based with Advance at Shoreham Airport on Britain’s south coast. The R66 joins a varied fleet.  Advance operates… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-15

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FAA and Transport Canada approve R66 flights in snow

FAA and Transport Canada approve R66 flights in snow

On November 13th, in Spray Lakes, Canada, Robinson’s R66 Turbine passed the FAA’s and Transport Canada’s test to allow flight in snow conditions. The stringent test requires extended flight in weather conditions that are difficult to find even in Canada. When alerted by Canadian based dealer Eric Gould of Aerial Recon that the right combination… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 07-Dec-15

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EASA approves Robinson R66 floats – but check the limitations

EASA approves Robinson R66 floats – but check the limitations

EASA has issued a “Major Change Approval” document dated 20th October 2015, approving pop-out floats for the Robinson R66 Turbine.  This model is known at Robinson Helicopter Co (RHC) as the R66 Turbine Marine, and was approved by the FAA on November 15, 2014. The R66 pop-out float option is similar to the R44 Clipper… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Nov-15

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First R66 now flying in Indonesia

First R66 now flying in Indonesia

Richard Mornington-Sanford of Mornington Sanford Aviation conduct’s the first Indonesian Approved R66 and RR300 engine type training course to assist with certifying the first Robinson R66 Turbine in the country. The Robinson R66 Turbine, registration PK-JBD, serial number 0620, was shipped from RHC via airfreight to Solaire Helicopter’s facility at Subang Airport, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,… Read more »

Source: Mornington Sanford Aviation, 27-Oct-15

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R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

Robinson Helicopter Co registered serial number 0690 on 9th October (it’s N959BC, if you want to check). This is a landmark achievement in the five-seat single-turbine world as it is the point where the total passes the production to date of the EC120 (now H120).  See also our comparison article between these two types from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-15

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First R66 Turbine arrives in Sweden

First R66 Turbine arrives in Sweden

Sweden’s very first Robinson R66 Turbine has arrived. The helicopter was imported from the Robinson Factory in Torrance, California, by Scandinavian Helicopter Center earlier this summer, and it is now becoming a frequent sight in Västerås. The R66 is owned by Roger Gudmundsäter, the original founder of iTell Helicopter and the previous owner of two… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 18-Oct-15

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Rotorcorp becomes official Helicopter Easy Wheels distributor

Rotorcorp becomes official Helicopter Easy Wheels distributor

You can hate them, but you gotta’ have them.  You have probably bought more than one set of costly ground handling wheels for your Robinson Helicopter over the years and have likely felt that you are not quite getting your money’s worth.    The ground handling wheel market is flooded with variations of the same old… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp, 29-Sep-15

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12-Sep-15 G-LROK Robinson R66 Denham, UK

Take-off accident, ended on its starboard side with creased tail boom, destroyed rotor mast and blades.  One of the two occupants needed first aid only.

12-Sep-15

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Robinson expands R44 & R66 Autopilot and Aspen package

Robinson expands R44 & R66 Autopilot and Aspen package

The same Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS (Helicopter Stability Augmentation System) and autopilot that was FAA approved on the R66 earlier this year is now available on Robinson’s top selling R44. The R44 autopilot option has all of the same modes and functionality as the R66 including basic stability augmentation, heading hold, altitude hold, navigation signal tracking,… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 04-Sep-15

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Robinson Upgrades R66 Police Helicopter

Robinson Upgrades R66 Police Helicopter

Robinson Helicopter Company announced its R66 Turbine Police Helicopter with the FLIR Systems Ultra 8000 Infrared Camera and the Spectrolab SX-7 searchlight with 30-million candlepower has been reconfigured to include a multitude of upgrades. This high performance 4-place police helicopter comes standard with a Garmin G500H Primary and Multifunction Display System (PFD/MFD), a Garmin GTN… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 29-Jul-15

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Onboard Systems R66 cargo hook approved by FAA

Onboard Systems R66 cargo hook approved by FAA

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook kit for the Robinson R66 aircraft has been STC certified by the FAA. Onboard will also submit this system to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively. The R66 cargo hook kit… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 29-Jul-15

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Netherlands – HeliCentre will soon receive its first R66

Netherlands – HeliCentre will soon receive its first R66

Dutch operator HeliCentre Flight Academy, based at  Lelystad, will soon receive its first Robinson R66 Turbine.  PH-HCE, serial 0624 from the factory in Torrance California, is currently being prepared by Air Technology Belgium and the first engine run has been completed after assembling the helicopter out of its shipping crate. File Photo John Burcote –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jun-15

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Brazil approves Dart hook for R66

Brazil approves Dart hook for R66

Already approved by Transport Canada, FAA and EASA, the DART Cargo Hook now opens up the utility market to R66 operators in Brazil.  The easy-to-install DART R66 Primary Cargo Hook is designed to mount directly to the belly of the aircraft, providing safety and efficiency for all utility missions. With a lift capacity of 1,015… Read more »

Source: Dart, 08-Jun-15

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New Zealand CAA issue Robinson Helicopter Fleet Consultation Document

New Zealand CAA issue Robinson Helicopter Fleet Consultation Document

The New Zealand CAA is exploring the need for changes in the regulation of the Robinson helicopter fleet. This is in response to a number of accidents involving Robinson helicopters in the last few years. As part of the response to these accidents, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (“TAIC”) and the CAA have reviewed the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Apr-15

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05-Apr-15 RA-06382 Robinson R66 Gorodki, Russia

Fell onto its side during take-off in snowy conditions

05-Apr-15

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FAA and EASA approve Dart R66 cargo hook

FAA and EASA approve Dart R66 cargo hook

The easy to install DART Hook is designed to mount directly to the belly of the aircraft, providing safety and efficiency for all your utility missions. With a lift capacity of 1,015-lb, the hook utilizes an electrical release system as well as a manual backup to jettison the load, ideal for your aerial operations. Approved… Read more »

Source: Dart, 27-Mar-15

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Vanuatu / Cyclone Pam – Garden City Helicopters to the rescue

Vanuatu / Cyclone Pam – Garden City Helicopters to the rescue

New Zealand operator Garden City Helicopters has sent an AS350 and a BK117 to Vanuatu to help with the ongoing humanitarian aid operation in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Pam, which hit the archipelago country on Saturday 14th.  President Baldwin Lonsdale is quoted as saying the storm has wiped out all development of recent… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-15

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Robinson Doing Well Despite the Numbers

Robinson Doing Well Despite the Numbers

In 2014 Robinson produced 329 helicopters in contrast to the 523 helicopters of 2013. Kurt Robinson, company President, said this was due to the catching up on the backlog of R66s. The other reason involved the fact that over 70% of Robinson helicopters are produced outside the USA and that has to do with economies… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-15

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Robinson signs for 1,000 Rolls-Royce RR300 engines

Robinson signs for 1,000 Rolls-Royce RR300 engines

Rolls-Royce and Robinson Helicopter Company have signed a new, 10-year agreement to supply at least 1,000 RR300 engines to power R66 aircraft. The Rolls-Royce RR300 has been the exclusive engine on Robinson’s R66 gas-turbine helicopter since it entered service in 2010. Rolls-Royce has delivered more than 800 RR300 engines to meet the growing global demand… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 03-Mar-15

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Guidance Aviation Exhibiting at HAI’s Helicopter Career Fair

Guidance Aviation Exhibiting at HAI’s Helicopter Career Fair

Guidance Aviation hired 60 professionals in the last 12 months (02/14 – 02/15) – that’s just over one job created each week by the primary helicopter flight training institution. To support its growth, Guidance Aviation will be attending Helicopter Association International’s Helicopter Industry Career Fair at HELI-EXPO 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The organization will be… Read more »

Source: GA, 26-Feb-15

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Robinson production drops by 37% in 2014

Robinson production drops by 37% in 2014

After a level 2013 (over 2012) and a bumper 45% increase in 2012 production over 2011, Robinson production sunk in 2014.  Robinson Helicopter’s production for 2014 was 329 helicopters – 101 R66s, 186 R44s and 42 R22s, a huge 37% drop compared to 2013’s production of 523. Looking at each model, the R22 production was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-15

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UK – HQ Aviation add second R66

UK – HQ Aviation add second R66

We note from their Facebook page that HQ Aviation at Denham, UK, have added a second Robinson R66 to their fleet.  The actual aircraft is N44829, a really early example with serial number 0034.  This was originally acquired by German distributor Heli-Flight at Reichelsheim from new in 2011, and it has remained on the FAA… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Jan-15

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20-Jan-15 RA-06205 Robinson R66 Tobeler, Russia

Heavy landing, reportedly after engine problems.  4 POB got out with minor or no injuries.  Post-crash fire

20-Jan-15

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Robinson Adds Garmin G500H and Autopilot to R66 Options

Robinson Adds Garmin G500H and Autopilot to R66 Options

Robinson Helicopter Company announces the Garmin G500H Avionics Display System and the Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS autopilot are now available as options on new 2015 R66 Turbine helicopters. The G500H is a combination Primary Flight Display and Multifunction Display (PFD/MFD) that provides flight instrument, moving map navigation, and situational awareness information on dual screens. Garmin’s Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 19-Jan-15

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Precision Flight Controls Partners with Ryan Aerospace to Develop Helicopter Simulators

Precision Flight Controls Partners with Ryan Aerospace to Develop Helicopter Simulators

Precision Flight Controls, Inc. has entered an agreement with Ryan Aerospace Pty Ltd of Southport, Australia to develop and produce helicopter aviation training devices.  Systems simulating the Robinson R22, R44, R66 and Bell Jet Ranger 206 and 407 model helicopters will be the first systems to be developed.  PFC will distribute the new systems through… Read more »

Source: Precision, 14-Jan-15

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Garmin G500H Glass Panels Installed in Guidance Aviation fleet

Garmin G500H Glass Panels Installed in Guidance Aviation fleet

Garmin G500H glass panels have been installed in the Guidance Aviation helicopter fleet. Last year, the primary helicopter flight training organization with flight operations in Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, announced their decision to upgrade their aircraft. Now, the organization’s fleet upgrade is in its final phase with all of the IFR fleet installations… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 13-Jan-15

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HAI Announces Winners of the Salute to Excellence Awards

HAI Announces Winners of the Salute to Excellence Awards

The Helicopter Association International (HAI) today announced the winners of its acclaimed Salute to Excellence Awards in nine categories. They include, among others, two helicopter search-and-rescue (SAR) teams, a firefighting pilot who refused to give up on a crew on the ground, and a flight instructor with perhaps more time in one of the world’s… Read more »

Source: HAI Salute, 09-Jan-15

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22-Dec-14 N64HF Robinson R66 Henniker, US-New Hampshire

Struck tail on landing and slid into a snow bank

22-Dec-14

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FAA Certifies Floats for R66 Turbine

FAA Certifies Floats for R66 Turbine

Robinson Helicopter Company’s float option for its 5-place R66 was FAA approved on November 15, 2014. Designated the R66 Turbine Marine, the R66 pop-out float option is similar to the R44 Clipper pop-out float option (in fact, the same float tubes are used) and like the Clipper, the R66 Turbine Marine offers an additional level… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 04-Dec-14

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Dart R66 cargo hook: The First on the market

Dart R66 cargo hook: The First on the market

With a lift capacity of 1,015-lb, the easy to install DART Hookopens up the utility market to R66 operators.Designed to mount directly to the belly of the aircraft, the hookutilizes an electrical release system as well as a manual backup to jettison the load, ideal for your aerial operations. Now approved by Transport Canada. FAA… Read more »

Source: Dart, 04-Dec-14

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Practical Dart Products for the R66

Practical Dart Products for the R66

Dart introduces ultra-resistant floor and baggage protectors Manufactured from high quality aerospace-grade, thermoformed polycarbonate, DART Floor& Baggage Protectors for the crew and passenger areas are designed to be impact-, UV-, heat- and cold-resistant, and offer superior resistance to cracking and discoloration. The baggage protector guards panels against damage from stowed cargo. Approved by Transport Canada,FAA,… Read more »

Source: Dart, 21-Nov-14

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First R66 arrives in Italy

First R66 arrives in Italy

The first Robinson R66 Turbine has arrived in Italy with Elifriulia, who have enjoyed considerable success over the years selling R22 and R44s in the country.  The helicopter is serial #0554 and will be registered I-RSIX Mornington Sanford Aviation are assisting Elifriulia with the introduction of the R66 in Italy and getting this first example… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Nov-14

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Switzerland – MountainFlyers to add Robinson R66

Switzerland – MountainFlyers to add Robinson R66

Local website SwissHeli.com are reporting that MountainFlyers have recently sold a JetRanger to Germany, and will replace it with an R66.  Serial 0553 is due imminently from the factory in Torrance, and is expected to take up the registration HB-ZOK at their base at Belp Airport in Bern. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-14

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Robinson R66 Safety Seminar Kicks Off in Auckland

Robinson R66 Safety Seminar Kicks Off in Auckland

The Robinson R66 Safety Seminar kicked off at Ardmore, New Zealand today. The seminar, which has been organised by NZCAA in partnership with Robinson Helicopters and Skysales Aviation, has been designed to explore and discuss the R66 and R44 helicopter models, their features and how best pilots can operate the aircraft to avert incident. Today’s… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 04-Nov-14

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Private heliport opens near Oak Ridge North

Private heliport opens near Oak Ridge North

Two helicopters descended from a cloudless sky to touch down at the newly opened private heliport just past the serene neighborhoods on Hanna Road in the Oak Ridge area Friday. See Full Story

Source: Yourhoustonnews, 31-Oct-14

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Aeronautical Accessories to distribute Helitowcart BearPaws for Robinson and Airbus models

Aeronautical Accessories to distribute Helitowcart BearPaws for Robinson and Airbus models

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced it is now a distributor of Helitowcart BearPaw products through its Aeronautical AccessoriesTM brand. The BearPaw product line is approved for a variety of helicopter manufacturers and models, including the Robinson R44 and R66, Airbus AS350, Airbus AS355 and Airbus EC130.  Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) have been received… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Oct-14

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Only two helicopter manufacturers at NBAA Convention

Only two helicopter manufacturers at NBAA Convention

The helicopter industry is poorly represented this year at the NBAA convention, which opens today in Orlando, Florida. There is no direct representation from AgustaWestland, Airbus Helicopters, MD Helicopters or Sikorsky. Bell and Robinson are there, and both have helicopters on display. Bell has borrowed the black 429 they delivered a few months back to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Oct-14

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Oceania Aviation Hosting Robinson Seminar in Queenstown

Oceania Aviation Hosting Robinson Seminar in Queenstown

SKYSALES an Oceania Aviation Company in association with NZCAA and Robinson Helicopters are hosting a one day product seminar to explore and discuss the R66 and R44 helicopter models. The safety briefing will be hosted by SKYSALES and will be attended by Robinson’s Chief Pilot, Mr Tim Tucker from Long Beach, California. Tim is well… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 10-Oct-14

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Cool City Avionics Receives FAA TSO for Autopilot Family

Cool City Avionics Receives FAA TSO for Autopilot Family

Cool City Electronics, Inc., dba Cool City Avionics, a manufacturer of low cost, professional-grade automatic flight guidance and control systems and stability augmentation systems, is pleased to announce that it has received FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization for its new family of helicopter autopilots. The TSO includes the HAP-100 2-axis autopilot, the HFC-100 2-axis… Read more »

Source: Cool City Avionics, 10-Sep-14

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Robinson deliveries grind to a halt in China

Robinson deliveries grind to a halt in China

China have launched a new import requirement, with helicopter manufacturers needing to provide Electrical Load Analysis (ELA) data.  We understand most manufacturers sent representatives to China for a meeting some weeks back, and most or all of the helicopter types produced by these companies continue to be approved.  Bell have confirmed to HeliHub that this… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-14

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Four Russian pilots plan 30,000NM flight in two R66s

Four Russian pilots plan 30,000NM flight in two R66s

Already a record holding R66 pilot himself, Michael Farikh has this morning announced on Facebook that a new ultra long distance flight will start next week from Moscow.  On Tuesday 16th September, the four Russian private pilots: Evgeny Kabanov, Igor Rudoy, Alexander Kurylev and Alexey Murashov will start their journey from Moscow to New Zealand… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-14

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20-Aug-14 VH-JRX Robinson R66 Giru, Australia

While conducting aerial agricultural operations, the helicopter struck a wire and subsequently collided with terrain. The helicopter was substantially damaged and the pilot received minor injuries.

20-Aug-14

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Rotortec prepares first Swiss R66 for Fuchs Helikopter

Rotortec prepares first Swiss R66 for Fuchs Helikopter

More or less unnoticed yesterday the first Robinson R66 to be officially registered in Switzerland landed first at the airport St. Gallen-Altenrhein (LSZR) and afterwards in Schindellegi (LSXS), its new home base. FUCHS HELIKOPTER and ROTORTEC AG will in the next days do pioneer work to prepare the approval in Switzerland. From then on the… Read more »

Source: Rotortec, 15-Aug-14

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Fuchs Helikopter to be first Swiss R66 operator

Fuchs Helikopter to be first Swiss R66 operator

Fuchs Helikopter have announced that they will be the first operator of the Robinson R66 Turbine in Switzerland.  Serial number 0338 is expected to soon take up local registration HB-ZSF – it has been bought from Nisa Air in the Czech Republic, who operated it as OK-TNT for a short time. Fuchs intend using the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Aug-14

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R66 production slows, pushing lead time to six months

R66 production slows, pushing lead time to six months

The lead time for a new Robinson R66 turbine has grown to six months from order.  Latest information indicates that the delivery dates for a current order on each of Robinson’s four production lines are as follows R22 – Early November 2014 Raven I – Late November 2014 Raven II – Mid December 2014 R66… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jul-14

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New Zealand CAA invites Robinson for Safety Seminars

New Zealand CAA invites Robinson for Safety Seminars

Robinson Helicopters have accepted the CAA’s invitation to give a safety awareness briefing on the R44 and R66.  The one-day safety briefing and product update will be presented by Tim Tucker, chief flying instructor for Robinson.  There will be an opportunity on the day after for a dual flight with Tim in the R66 or… Read more »

Source: NZ CAA, 04-Jul-14

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28-Jun-14 RA-1588G Robinson R66 Temnolesskaya, Russia (4F)

Details not yet known, but helicopter crashed killing all four POB including pilot A.I. Goncharenko, businessman Samvel Elugyan plus his 22-year-old daughter Alina Elugyan and 13-year-old son Eugene Elugyan.  Post crash fire

28-Jun-14

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Guidance Aviation support Girl Scouts Discover Aviation Camp again

Guidance Aviation support Girl Scouts Discover Aviation Camp again

Girl Scouts participating in the 2014 Discover Aviation Camp received VIP access to Guidance Aviation’s helicopter flight training facilities as well as its associated campus of Yavapai Community College. Campers enjoyed experiencing what it is like to sit in and touch the controls of Robinson R22’s, R44’s, and R66 helicopters; take a part in helicopter… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 23-Jun-14

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StandardAero becomes first independent MRO facility for RR300 in Asia

StandardAero becomes first independent MRO facility for RR300 in Asia

StandardAero has completed a license agreement with Rolls-Royce that designates the company’s Singapore facility as an Authorized Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMROC) for RR300 helicopter engines. This authorization, signed on May 16 of this year, follows StandardAero’s Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada RR300 AMROC agreement, signed in December, 2013. StandardAero’s Singapore repair shop is a state-of-the-art… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 13-Jun-14

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Sloane Helicopters marks 25 years at Sywell and 45 in business

Sloane Helicopters marks 25 years at Sywell and 45 in business

British operator Sloane Helicopters recently marked an impressive 45 years in business, and 25 years at their Sywell headquarters.  As many countries marked the 70th anniversary on Friday of the D-Day landings on 6th June 1944, Sloane also remembered the launch event of their current facility at Sywell on 6th June 1989 and the company starting… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jun-14

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Precision Aviation Services exceeds sales quota in first year as Robinson dealer

Precision Aviation Services exceeds sales quota in first year as Robinson dealer

Nearing its first anniversary as a Robinson Helicopter Dealer and Service Center, Precision Aviation Services (PAS), a Precision Aviation Group Company (PAG), has already sold 11 helicopters, surpassing the first-year requirement to sell eight. The majority of the helicopters PAG sold were Robinson’s newest, largest and most powerful helicopter, the R66, which is the manufacturer’s… Read more »

Source: Precision Aviation Services, 06-Jun-14

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Canada Certifies Robinson R66 Police Helicopter

Canada Certifies Robinson R66 Police Helicopter

Robinson Helicopter Company received Transport Canada’s certification for the R66 Turbine Police Helicopter. Robinson’s R66 Police model is specially configured for law enforcement and meets the latest FAA crashworthiness regulations. Modestly priced at $1,129,000 USD, the four-place R66 Police helicopter combines R66 power, altitude performance, and payload with the latest in surveillance technology. Turn-key ready,… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 04-Jun-14

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29-May-14 N66CN Robinson R66 Woodhead Pass, UK

Emergency landing due to weather with three on board going to a rugby match at Huddersfield

29-May-14

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HeliRussia – Aviamarket orders another ten R66s

HeliRussia – Aviamarket orders another ten R66s

Russian Robinson dealer Aviamarket has consolidated its position as the largest dealer in Robinson helicopters outside the US with the contract signature for another ten R66 Turbines at the HeliRussia exhibition. With CEO Kurt Robinson arriving in Russia some days ahead of the exhibition – greeted with the sampling of some local delicacies – there… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-May-14

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