11-Dec-2018 Source: Simplex Aerospace
Simplex® Aerospace announced it has received FAA STC SR02629SE for their latest agricultural spray system for the Robinson R66 helicopter. The spray system, Simplex® Aerospace Model 266, is a next-generation spray system integrating several of Simplex® Aerospace’s newly developed agricultural spray technologies including new composite techniques and carbon-fiber booms. Simplex is the sole U.S. producer of the FAA STC’d spray systems for the Robinson R66.
The new STC approved spray system will hold an industry leading 130 gallons of fluid. Additionally, The Simplex® Aerospace Model 266 system is certified for night operations, has emergency dump doors, and can be installed in approximately 15 minutes after initial provisioning. The new generation booms are forward mounted 100% RD carbon-fiber booms measuring 33ft (10m) maximizing swath-width. The new Model 266 also features dual-sided fill ports that are in the pilot’s field of view. Approved aircraft speed with the spray system installed is 103 knots.
The new spray system was developed in response to customer requests for a certified system for Robinson R66 helicopters. According to Mark Zimmerman, President and CEO of Simplex® Aerospace, ” the new Simplex® Aerospace Model 266 spray system development is consistent with our company’s commitment to the agricultural spray market. It meets our customers’ need for certified systems to accomplish their jobs.”