1-Dec-2021 Source: ICE Helicopters
ICE Helicopters are thrilled to announce that we now the largest R44 Cadet operator in the country having received two new aircraft to in our training fleet.
G-ICET and G-DDAD are both equipped with the new Robinson cockpit camera, air conditioning, EMU as well as a partial glass cockpit with the new 2021 modernised instrument & warning panel design. These allow for an improved flight training experience for our students, self-fly hirers and instructors.
Both aircraft rolled off the production line at Robinson in California at the end of the summer and are now in regular use at ICE.
Following the success of our first R44 Cadet purchase in 2020, the new R44 Cadets have already proved themselves popular among students and instructors alike – offering the benefits of the R44 platform at a lower price, and our new machines are already established as the most popular aircraft in the fleet.
Commenting on the choice of equipment fitted to our new R44 Cadets, Neil Day, Head of Training said:
“The new 4K cockpit camera is an excellent feature which gives students the ability to replay sections of their flight to really delve deeper during a debrief into manoeuvres or scenarios they want to analyse and improve on.
Digital instrumentation, now more than ever, is becoming more prevalent in the light helicopter market – it’s key that our students have experience using this technology which is now becoming the ‘norm’ in modern helicopters, especially for our career students who are progressing on to operate larger and more automated helicopters.”
Of the type he comments:
“I have been getting to know the Cadet for the last 12 months and think it really does do what it says on the tin so to speak. Its a very capable yet simple helicopter which is cost effective, we believe it represents the future of the helicopter flight training industry.”
Prices for dual training on the R44 Cadet are £475 + VAT per hour with a discount block rate of £450 + VAT available, allowing for one of the most cost effective R44 ratings in the South of England.