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Prabhu new two Robinson R66 successfully commences its Proving flight

Prabhu new two Robinson R66 successfully commences its Proving flight

Prabhu Helicopter had successfully completed its Proving Flight (Test Flight) of two brand new turbine helicopter bought from USA named as Robinson R66 on July 09, 2018. Prabhu Officials stated that that proving flight was conducted on Pokhara – Local- Pokhara sector on July 09 under the command of Prabhu’s Instructor Pilot after the assembly… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 12-Jul-18

Armenian Helicopters Certified to start Operations

Armenian Helicopters Certified to start Operations

Armenian Helicopters was given the green light to start operations after it was certified by the Main Civil Aviation Administration. The MCAA has said that Armenian Helicopters will also be operating charter flights with an Airbus EC130T2 as well as a Robinson R66 in the future, reports ARKA.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Prabhu added two new Robinson R66 to its fleet; chopper arrives Birgunj Custom

Prabhu added two new Robinson R66 to its fleet; chopper arrives Birgunj Custom

Prabhu Helicopter Pvt Ltd, only Robinson operator of the country has brought two brand new Turbine Robinson R66 helicopter, designed and built by Robinson Helicopter Company in CA, USA for commercial operations, a statement issued by the company said today. According to the officials from Prabhu Helicopter, the aircraft cargo has already arrived Birgunj customs… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 18-Jun-18

Prabhu Helicopter adding two new Robinson R66 to its fleet

Prabhu Helicopter adding two new Robinson R66 to its fleet

Prabhu Helicopter Pvt. Ltd., one of the progressive airline companies of Nepal is preparing to add two new Robinson R66 helicopters to its fleet. Currently, the airline owns two R66 and one R44 series helicopter and with the addition of two more R66 the fleet size will be 5. As per the information from the… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 01-May-18

Robinson Production Picked up Steam in 2017

Robinson Production Picked up Steam in 2017

Robinson Helicopter Company produced 305 helicopters in 2017. The R44 led the way with 174, ranking as the world’s best-selling helicopter according to GAMA’s* General Aviation Aircraft Shipment 2017 Year End Report. Seventy-seven R66s came off the line and, according to data supplied by Rolls Royce, the R66 fleet logged approximately 185,000 hours in 2017,… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 28-Feb-18

Donaldson to celebrate 9000th IBF delivery at HAI Heli-Expo

Donaldson to celebrate 9000th IBF delivery at HAI Heli-Expo

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) will commemorate delivery of its 9,000th Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) in a special ceremony at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 on Wednesday, Feb. 28, with Robinson Helicopter Company Chairman and President Kurt Robinson. During the event, set for 2 p.m. in exhibit C1736, Robinson will… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 28-Feb-18

Magellan Wire Strike Protection System™ Now Available for R66

Magellan Wire Strike Protection System™ Now Available for R66

Magellan Aerospace (“Magellan”) and Robinson Helicopter Company (“Robinson”) announced today that a Wire Strike Protection System™ (WSPS™) is now available for the Robinson R66 helicopter platform. The WSPS™ is designed to provide a measure of protection for helicopters in level flight in the event of an encounter with horizontally strung wires and cables, using the… Read more »

Source: Magellan Aerospace, 26-Feb-18

Robinson Introduces Two Garmin G500H TXi Displays

Robinson Introduces Two Garmin G500H TXi Displays

Robinson has added Garmin’s new G500H TXi displays to its R44 and R66 options. The two TXi displays add touchscreen functionality to Garmin’s popular G500H system, and consolidate PFD/MFD information on to a single screen. The upgraded displays provide increased resolution and interface with Garmin’s GTN 6xx/7xx touchscreen GPS series. The GDU (Garmin Display Unit)… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 23-Feb-18

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Robinson to launch R66 hook at Heli-Expo

Robinson to launch R66 hook at Heli-Expo

Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation will be on display at this year’s Heli-Expo February 27th through March 1st in Las Vegas, NV. The optional cargo hook carries external loads up to 1200 lb and, for external load operations, the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2700 lb to 2900 lb. Two installations of the hook… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 19-Feb-18

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Robinson adds wire strike system for R66

Robinson adds wire strike system for R66

Robinson has added wire strike protection provisions to its R66 options list. Available only on R66 helicopters, the provisions are FAA certified and allow for easy, bolt-on installation of Magellan’s WSPS (Wire Strike Protection System) sold separately by Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg, Canada. Robinson provisions add 7 lb to the empty weight of the helicopter and… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 14-Feb-18

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Robinson receives R66 big sales boost

Robinson receives R66 big sales boost

Robinson Helicopter Co has a pre-announced price review policy whereby the company raises their list prices on 1st January every year.  There is then a rush to place a deposit in December to secure a “2017 price” aircraft, and potentially concluding the details in the early days of January.  The company distributes a regular report on projected… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jan-18

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Meeker-Airfilm receives certification for R44 and R66 nose mount

Meeker-Airfilm receives certification for R44 and R66 nose mount

Meeker-Airfilm are pleased to announce we have received both FAA STC and PMA for our new R44 and R66 light weight nose mount. The nose mount requires no permanent modifications to the airframe and fits over the existing landing light cover. The maximum payload is limited to 50lbs and is intended for various camera systems,… Read more »

Source: Meeker-Airfilm, 09-Jan-18

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HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

Airbus has finally conceded defeat on the H120 (née EC120) and confirmed that the production line has been closed after delivering exactly 700 units.  The Robinson R66 Turbine is the reason, and it is a trend HeliHub.com has identified and predicted for many years and written about – check out these stories in particular Clubhouse talk… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-17

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Prabhu Helicopter adds new Robinson R66 chopper to its fleet

Prabhu Helicopter adds new Robinson R66 chopper to its fleet

Prabhu Helicopter Pvt Ltd brought its third brand new Turbine Robinson R66 helicopter, designed and built by Robinson Helicopter Company in CA, USA for commercial operations in the country, a statement issued by the company today said. According to the Officials from Prabhu Helicopter, the company’s third chopper reached its base at Pokhara Airport on… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 23-Oct-17

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Prabhu Helicopter to receive brand new R66 Turbine Helicopter by September

Prabhu Helicopter to receive brand new R66 Turbine Helicopter by September

Prabhu Helicopter who had placed an order with Robinson Helicopter Company, USA on May, 2017 is nearing to take the delivery of brand new Turbine Robinson R66 Helicopter. As per the information from the officials, the R66 helicopter is expected to show up at Nepal by the third week of September. The Helicopter cargo will… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 11-Sep-17

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21-Aug-17 RA-05750 Robinson R66 Maly Utrish, Russia (1F)

Sole occupant pilot suffered fatal injuries when helicopter crashed into a mountain, per press reports

21-Aug-17

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FAA approves R66 hooks from Onboard Systems

FAA approves R66 hooks from Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook kits with Surefire® release technology for the Robinson Helicopter R66 aircraft have been STC certified by the FAA. Onboard has also submitted these Surefire-enabled systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful,… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 08-Aug-17

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FAA certifies R66 Newscopter

FAA certifies R66 Newscopter

Robinson Helicopter Company received FAA certification for its R66 Turbine Newscopter. The turnkey ready R66 ENG (Electronic News Gathering) helicopter is the ideal solution for television news outlets wanting a reliable, economical, turbine powered helicopter with a state-of-the-art news broadcasting system. Powered by the Rolls Royce RR300 turbine engine, the four-place R66 Newscopter delivers greater… Read more »

Source: Robinson Helicopter Company, 07-Aug-17

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R66 now has lithium-ion battery option

R66 now has lithium-ion battery option

On 14 July 2017, Robinson Helicopter Company added the TB17 Lithium-ion battery to its R66 options. TB17 by True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument, offers substantial weight savings, improved starter performance and longer life. At 16 lb., the TB17 is significantly lighter than the R66’s standard battery which weighs 42 lb. and the… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 20-Jul-17

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EASA Approves Shadin Avionics STC for Robinson R66 Fuel Flow Management

EASA Approves Shadin Avionics STC for Robinson R66 Fuel Flow Management

Shadin Avionics recently announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the Shadin Avionics Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for the Robinson R66 Fuel Flow Management System. The certification covers 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… Read more »

Source: EASA, 12-Jul-17

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Nepal – Prabhu Helicopter orders R66

Nepal – Prabhu Helicopter orders R66

According to the Prabhu Helicopter official website, it had placed an order with Robinson Helicopter Company, CA, USA to procure brand new Turbine Robinson R66 on May, 2017 and the new helicopter is expected to arrive in Nepal by this September. The company is planning to initiate its operation from Kathmandu to the near and… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 09-Jul-17

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Uralhelicom sees increase in new helicopter sales

Uralhelicom sees increase in new helicopter sales

Uralhelicom is a Russian helicopter operator who is a certified dealer with Robinson Helicopters and also has a service centre for Airbus Helicopters. They have had seven deliveries out this year; four Robinsons, an AW119, an EC145 and a H125. One of their representatives has disclosed that the R66 and R44 are the two most… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-17

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FAA approves Dart Aerospace R66 utility baskets

FAA approves Dart Aerospace R66 utility baskets

FAA has issued an STC for the DART R66 Heli-Utility-Basket™ as a validation of the previously issued Transport Canada approval. “The R66 Helicopter Utility-Basket from DART Aerospace has added great operational flexibility to Valley B Aviation’s Robinson R66 aircraft.  The initial installation of the provisions was seamless and straight forward, and the field installation is… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 03-Jul-17

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20-May-17 N778TL Robinson R66 Canon City, US-Colorado

20-May-17 N778TL Robinson R66 Canon City, US-Colorado

Close to company base, helicopter landed upright, but with main blades slicing the tail boom off close to the tail rotor

20-May-17

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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