2-Mar-2017 Source: HeliHub.com
European regulators EASA have this week certified the Robinson R44 Cadet. This model retains the same basic airframe, rotor system, and Lycoming O-540-F1B5 engine as the R44 Raven I, but with the rear seats have been removed and the aft compartment reconfigured for cargo. Maximum gross weight is 2200 lb (200 lb less than the Raven I). Engine power is derated to 210 HP takeoff/185 HP continuous (down from 225/205 HP in the Raven I). The lower weight and derated power provide increased performance margins at high altitudes. Also, with a newly designed muffler, the Cadet’s flyover noise signature is more than three decibels lower than the current R44 Raven I.
HeliHub.com is proud to have had the world scoop on this model, breaking the story of its existence on 12th November 2015, a move which we understand encouraged Robinson Helicopter Co to bring forward their planned publicity on the model to the week after, issuing their release on 17th of that month. Read our summary of the launch, with links to the scoop of 12th.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com