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ATSB seeks info from Robinson owners and operators

ATSB seeks info from Robinson owners and operators

18-Aug-2021Source: Australian Government

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is asking for pilots, operators, and engineers with knowledge of aft tail cone bulkhead or tail rotor gearbox input cartridge damage involving Robinson R22, R44 and R66 helicopters to make contact. The call for information comes as the ATSB releases an investigation update from its ongoing investigation of a... Read more

Robinson R66 Police Helicopter on Display at APSCON

Robinson R66 Police Helicopter on Display at APSCON

30-Jul-2021Source: Robinson

Robinson Helicopter Company attends this year’s New Orleans’ Airborne Public Safety Association Convention (booth #613). Robinson proudly displays Polk County Sheriff’s newly acquired R66 Police Helicopter equipped with a Wescam MX-10 EO/IR imaging system and an HD infrared sensor, Spectrolab’s SX-7 Starsun searchlight system, Aerocomputer’s UC-6000 digital mapping system, and Garmin’s G500H 1060 TXi with... Read more

New Robinsons Include Enhanced Audio Alerts

New Robinsons Include Enhanced Audio Alerts

12-May-2021Source: Robinson

Recent updates to onboard instruments and audio systems have allowed Robinson to incorporate enhanced audio alerts across its model lineup. All new Robinson helicopters now provide the low-RPM horn as an audio alert through crew headsets rather than instrument-panel-mounted speakers. In addition, a headset audio alert for high RPM has been added. New R66s also... Read more

Robinson R66 Police Helicopter Joins Polk County Sheriff’s Aviation Fleet

Robinson R66 Police Helicopter Joins Polk County Sheriff’s Aviation Fleet

7-Apr-2021Source: Robinson

On April 2nd, Robinson Helicopter Company delivered R66 Police Helicopter serial number 1025 to Florida’s Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO). PCSO’s R66 Police helicopter is the first R66 Police helicopter configured with a Wescam MX-10 EO/IR imaging system and an HD infrared sensor, a system widely used by homeland security and law enforcement agencies. In... Read more

Robinson’s Cockpit Camera Now Available

Robinson’s Cockpit Camera Now Available

15-Feb-2021Source: Robinson

Robinson’s Cockpit Video Camera introduced at Heli Expo 2020 is now optional on R22/R44 helicopters and standard on R66 helicopters ordered after 15 January 2021. Securely mounted in the ceiling for minimal vibration and optimal field of view, the 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) video camera records video, intercom audio, radio communications, and... Read more

Mornington Sanford Aviation adds EASA Part 147 approval for Robinson maintenance training

Mornington Sanford Aviation adds EASA Part 147 approval for Robinson maintenance training

26-Nov-2020Source: Mornington Sanford Aviation

In readiness for the UK formally leaving the European Union on 1st January 2021 (BREXIT), Mornington Sanford Aviation Training Ltd. are delighted to announce that they have gained EASA Part 147 Third Country Approval for their Robinson Helicopter Type Training Capabilities. The approval is issued under the EASA Third Country Approval and will allow us... Read more

Robinson Delivers R66 Serial Number 1000

Robinson Delivers R66 Serial Number 1000

12-Aug-2020Source: Robinson

Robinson delivered R66 Turbine serial number 1000 to Robinson dealer Les Gillespie of Gardner Aviation (Peachtree City, GA). FAA-certified in October 2010, the first production R66 was delivered the following month. Since then, the R66 has proven itself on a daily basis. Powered by the Rolls Royce RR300 turbine engine, the R66 recently surpassed 1.2... Read more

FAA Approves Shadin Fuel Flow Meter on Robinson R66

FAA Approves Shadin Fuel Flow Meter on Robinson R66

11-Jun-2020Source: Robinson

Robinson Helicopter Company is now offering Shadin Avionics’ fuel flow meter on new R66s equipped with Garmin GTN 6xx or 750 GPS navigators. The fuel flow meter provides real-time fuel flow data to the GTN which in turn displays the fuel consumption rate along with fuel range rings on a moving map. Fuel used, fuel... Read more

Robinson’s Impact-Resistant Windshields Improve Bird Strike Protection

Robinson’s Impact-Resistant Windshields Improve Bird Strike Protection

15-May-2020Source: Robinson

Robinson introduces optional impact-resistant windshields for R22, R44, and R66 helicopters to provide protection from bird strikes. Due to the lack of requirements governing small category helicopters, Robinson based the impact-resistant design on FAA requirements governing large transport category helicopters. The new windshields are constructed of tough, energy-absorbing polycarbonate (standard windshields are made of acrylic)... Read more

Rotorcorp stops support for Skurka Aerospace and Aviall RR300 Starter Generators for R66 

Rotorcorp stops support for Skurka Aerospace and Aviall RR300 Starter Generators for R66 

3-Mar-2020Source: Rotorcorp

Rotorcorp LLC, the world’s largest seller of parts and components for Robinson R22, R44 and R66 Helicopters announced today that the company is immediately withdrawing its support of direct-overhaul and overhaul-exchange RR30000412 starter generators available through Skurka Aerospace, Inc. and Boeing Distribution Services, Inc. (formerly Aviall).  This model starter generator assembly is featured on the... Read more

SAFE develops Pitch Adjustment Tool for Robinson R22, R44 and R66

SAFE develops Pitch Adjustment Tool for Robinson R22, R44 and R66

2-Mar-2020Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs develops innovative tools and support equipment in response to the needs of the customer. In cooperation with Southern Utah University (SUU), S.A.F.E. is providing a unique Pitch Adjustment Tool that ensures accurate adjustment and replacement of pitch change links for the R22, R44 and R66 helicopter. This tool inspired by SUU maintenance... Read more

Robinson production falls off a cliff in 2019

Robinson production falls off a cliff in 2019

21-Feb-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Figures released by GAMA this week paint a very poor picture for Robinson Helicopter Co, with unit production down 38% in 2019 compared to the previous year. Turnover fell from $167.3M to $110.1M, a drop of 34%. Production of the R22, R44 and R66 counted 19, 123 and 54 units respectively in 2019, each figure... Read more

Robinson Newscopters Deliver News

Robinson Newscopters Deliver News

28-Jan-2020Source: Newscopters

Robinson Newscopters continue to make inroads into major media markets in the U.S. with Washington D.C. and Tampa, Florida, becoming the latest to employ Robinson Electric News Gathering (ENG) helicopters. SKY Helicopters, Robinson’s longtime dealer in Garland, Texas, recently took delivery of a new R66 Newscopter bringing the company’s fleet of Robinson Newscopters to fifteen.... Read more

Robinson R66 Turbine Surpasses 1 Million Flight Hours

Robinson R66 Turbine Surpasses 1 Million Flight Hours

25-Sep-2019Source: Robinson Helicopter Company

Robinson Helicopter Company announced the R66 Turbine fleet surpassed 1,000,000 flight hours. The R66 with the Rolls-Royce RR300 turbine engine achieved the million-hour mark without a single reported in-flight engine failure. This accomplishment demonstrates a level of reliability that exceeds EASA’s stringent requirements for single-engine helicopters performing commercial operations. “We believe this milestone is a... Read more

Robinson Offers NEW R66 Slimline Auxiliary Fuel Tank

Robinson Offers NEW R66 Slimline Auxiliary Fuel Tank

28-Aug-2019Source: Robinson

The FAA certified Robinson Helicopter’s Slimline Auxiliary Fuel Tank for its R66 Turbine helicopter. The tank holds 23.2 gallons (88 liters), roughly half the fuel of the company’s larger auxiliary fuel tank, adds approximately 1 hour to helicopter endurance, and extends its range by as much as 100 nautical miles (115 statute miles). It mounts... Read more

WJZ-CBS Baltimore Adds Robinson R66 Newscopter

WJZ-CBS Baltimore Adds Robinson R66 Newscopter

15-Jul-2019Source: Robinson

On July 1st, television station WJZ of Baltimore, Maryland took delivery of a new Robinson R66 Newscopter. Owned and operated by CBS, WJZ services the 2.8 million residents in the Baltimore metropolitan area. SKY Helicopters, a longtime Robinson dealer in Garland, Texas, leased the helicopter to WJZ and will provide on-going aviation and technical support.... Read more

Canada approves Simplex spray system for Robinson R66

Canada approves Simplex spray system for Robinson R66

10-Jun-2019Source: Simplex® Aerospace

Simplex® Aerospace has been granted validation of supplemental type certificate (STC) from Transport Canada, TC Validation #SH19-34, for their latest agricultural spray system for the Robinson R66 Helicopters. The validation will be the only USA made agricultural spray system for the Robinson R66 in Canada. The Simplex® Aerospace Model 266, is a next-generation spray system... Read more

Robinson Introduces a New Flight Training Guide

Robinson Introduces a New Flight Training Guide

15-May-2019Source: Robinson

An updated flight training guide is now available from Robinson Helicopter Company, whose helicopters have become synonymous with flight training. The comprehensive guide addresses the many levels of training, from the student pilot trying to find the “hover button”, to the rated helicopter pilot transitioning into a Robinson, to the all-important flight review. The guide... Read more

Rotorcorp wins 2019 State and Regional Export Award

Rotorcorp wins 2019 State and Regional Export Award

3-May-2019Source: Rotorcorp

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Region IV Administrator Ashley D. Bell today named Rotorcorp LLC as the 2019 SBA Exporter of the Year for the State of Georgia and the larger eight-state Southeast Region. “We are honored to highlight regional small business champions who are making significant changes by driving our economy and creating... Read more

Sloane Helicopters celebrates its 500th new Robinson Helicopter

Sloane Helicopters celebrates its 500th new Robinson Helicopter

5-Mar-2019Source: Sloane Helicopters

As Europe’s longest-established dealer for the Robinson Helicopter Company, Sloane Helicopters will soon be taking delivery of its 500th new Robinson helicopter – R44 Raven II S/N 14297. This significant milestone highlights the successful partnership between Sloane and Robinson, reflecting Sloane’s dedication and expertise in supporting the full range of Robinson helicopters. Kurt Robinson commented,... Read more

Robinson Adds Avidyne IFD Option

Robinson Adds Avidyne IFD Option

20-Dec-2018Source: Robinson

Robinson added Avidyne’s IFD 400 series touchscreen GPS navigators to its R22, R44 and R66 avionics options. The 400 series may be operated by either touchscreen or buttons and knobs which allows the IFD to be installed in the helicopter’s lower center console or in the pilot side console. Wi-Fi, for interfacing with an iPad,... Read more

Simplex Announces New STC

Simplex Announces New STC

11-Dec-2018Source: 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... Read more

Transport Canada Approves R66 Cargo Hook

Transport Canada Approves R66 Cargo Hook

5-Dec-2018Source: Robinson

On 8 November 2018, Transport Canada approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation, providing Canadian commercial lift operators with a high performance, low cost solution giving them a leg up on the competition. The optional cargo hook carries external loads up to 1200 lb., and the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2700 lb. to 2900... Read more

Mornington-Sanford Aviation run world-first R66 Part 147 B2 Course

Mornington-Sanford Aviation run world-first R66 Part 147 B2 Course

5-Oct-2018Source: Mornington-Sanford Aviation

Taking a year to organise and obtain the necessary approvals from the authority, Richard Mornington-Sanford successfully conducted a Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh Part 147. B2 type training course on the Robinson R66 & (Corp 300) engine for Bashundhara Airways Ltd Dhaka. The course consisted of 72 hours of theoretical training and 18 hours of practical... Read more

FAA Approves Robinson R66 Cargo Hook

FAA Approves Robinson R66 Cargo Hook

21-Aug-2018Source: Robinson

The FAA approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation. 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. The cargo hook installation includes an Onboard Systems hook, right and left-seat controls (allowing for solo flight from either... Read more

Robinson Production Picked up Steam in 2017

Robinson Production Picked up Steam in 2017

28-Feb-2018Source: Robinson

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

Magellan Wire Strike Protection System™ Now Available for R66

Magellan Wire Strike Protection System™ Now Available for R66

26-Feb-2018Source: Magellan Aerospace

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

Robinson Introduces Two Garmin G500H TXi Displays

Robinson Introduces Two Garmin G500H TXi Displays

23-Feb-2018Source: Robinson

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

Robinson to launch R66 hook at Heli-Expo

Robinson to launch R66 hook at Heli-Expo

19-Feb-2018Source: Robinson

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

Robinson adds wire strike system for R66

Robinson adds wire strike system for R66

14-Feb-2018Source: Robinson

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

Robinson receives R66 big sales boost

Robinson receives R66 big sales boost

22-Jan-2018Source: HeliHub.com

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

HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

8-Dec-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

Prabhu Helicopter adds new Robinson R66 to its fleet

Prabhu Helicopter adds new Robinson R66 to its fleet

23-Oct-2017Source: Aviation Nepal

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

FAA approves R66 hooks from Onboard Systems

FAA approves R66 hooks from Onboard Systems

8-Aug-2017Source: 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

FAA certifies R66 Newscopter

FAA certifies R66 Newscopter

7-Aug-2017Source: Robinson Helicopter Company

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

R66 now has lithium-ion battery option

R66 now has lithium-ion battery option

20-Jul-2017Source: Robinson

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

EASA Approves Shadin Avionics STC for Robinson R66 Fuel Flow Management

EASA Approves Shadin Avionics STC for Robinson R66 Fuel Flow Management

12-Jul-2017Source: EASA

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

Nepal – Prabhu Helicopter orders R66

Nepal – Prabhu Helicopter orders R66

9-Jul-2017Source: Aviation Nepal

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

Uralhelicom sees increase in new helicopter sales

Uralhelicom sees increase in new helicopter sales

4-Jul-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

Rolls-Royce expands RR300 engine support for Robinson R66 helicopters

Rolls-Royce expands RR300 engine support for Robinson R66 helicopters

13-Mar-2017Source: Rolls-Royce

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

FAA approves Donaldson IBF for R66

FAA approves Donaldson IBF for R66

3-Mar-2017Source: Donaldson

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

First Robinson R66 arrives in Thailand

First Robinson R66 arrives in Thailand

27-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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  ... Read more

Robinson delivers 12,000th helicopter

Robinson delivers 12,000th helicopter

26-Jan-2017Source: Robinson

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

Robinson’s R66 Turbine Marine Receives EASA Approval

Robinson’s R66 Turbine Marine Receives EASA Approval

11-Jan-2017Source: Robinson

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

New Zealand puts Robinson helicopters on safety Watchlist

New Zealand puts Robinson helicopters on safety Watchlist

28-Oct-2016Source: TAIC

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

Duties Lifted For Light Helicopters in Eurasian Economic Union

Duties Lifted For Light Helicopters in Eurasian Economic Union

19-Oct-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

New Garmin transponders approved for Robinson range

New Garmin transponders approved for Robinson range

10-Oct-2016Source: HAI

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

Valair sells tenth R66 into Swiss market

Valair sells tenth R66 into Swiss market

16-Aug-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

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

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

19-Jul-2016Source: Robinson

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

Brazil approves Onboard Systems R66 Cargo Hook

Brazil approves Onboard Systems R66 Cargo Hook

14-Mar-2016Source: Onboard Systems

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

Magellan Aerospace launches R66 Wire Strike Protection System

Magellan Aerospace launches R66 Wire Strike Protection System

10-Mar-2016Source: Magellan

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

FAA approves R66 aux tank

FAA approves R66 aux tank

24-Feb-2016Source: Robinson

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

Guidance Aviation successfully using R66 for charter and lifting

Guidance Aviation successfully using R66 for charter and lifting

2-Feb-2016Source: Guidance Aviation

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

Court dismisses Quantum Leasing R66 case against Robinson

Court dismisses Quantum Leasing R66 case against Robinson

27-Jan-2016Source: Holland & Knight

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  ... Read more

Robinson production 5% up in 2015 over 2014

Robinson production 5% up in 2015 over 2014

22-Jan-2016Source: Robinson

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

All Metal MS launches Robinson maintenance stand

All Metal MS launches Robinson maintenance stand

12-Jan-2016Source: AllMetalMS

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

UK – Aeromega adds R66 to fleet

UK – Aeromega adds R66 to fleet

5-Jan-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

Milestone 700th R66 rolls off the production line

Milestone 700th R66 rolls off the production line

4-Jan-2016Source: Robinson

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

Advance Helicopters widen fleet with an R66

Advance Helicopters widen fleet with an R66

8-Dec-2015Source: HeliHub.com

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

FAA and Transport Canada approve R66 flights in snow

FAA and Transport Canada approve R66 flights in snow

7-Dec-2015Source: Robinson

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

EASA approves Robinson R66 floats – but check the limitations

EASA approves Robinson R66 floats – but check the limitations

2-Nov-2015Source: HeliHub.com

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

First R66 now flying in Indonesia

First R66 now flying in Indonesia

27-Oct-2015Source: Mornington Sanford Aviation

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

R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

20-Oct-2015Source: HeliHub.com

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

First R66 Turbine arrives in Sweden

First R66 Turbine arrives in Sweden

18-Oct-2015Source: Nordic Rotors

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

Rotorcorp becomes official Helicopter Easy Wheels distributor

Rotorcorp becomes official Helicopter Easy Wheels distributor

29-Sep-2015Source: Rotorcorp

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

Robinson expands R44 & R66 Autopilot and Aspen package

Robinson expands R44 & R66 Autopilot and Aspen package

4-Sep-2015Source: Robinson

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

Robinson Upgrades R66 Police Helicopter

Robinson Upgrades R66 Police Helicopter

29-Jul-2015Source: Robinson

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

Onboard Systems R66 cargo hook approved by FAA

Onboard Systems R66 cargo hook approved by FAA

29-Jul-2015Source: Onboard Systems

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

Netherlands – HeliCentre will soon receive its first R66

Netherlands – HeliCentre will soon receive its first R66

16-Jun-2015Source: HeliHub.com

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

Brazil approves Dart hook for R66

Brazil approves Dart hook for R66

8-Jun-2015Source: Dart

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

New Zealand CAA issue Robinson Helicopter Fleet Consultation Document

New Zealand CAA issue Robinson Helicopter Fleet Consultation Document

23-Apr-2015Source: HeliHub.com

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

FAA and EASA approve Dart R66 cargo hook

FAA and EASA approve Dart R66 cargo hook

27-Mar-2015Source: Dart

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

Vanuatu / Cyclone Pam – Garden City Helicopters to the rescue

Vanuatu / Cyclone Pam – Garden City Helicopters to the rescue

17-Mar-2015Source: HeliHub.com

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

Robinson Doing Well Despite the Numbers

Robinson Doing Well Despite the Numbers

4-Mar-2015Source: HeliHub.com

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

Robinson signs for 1,000 Rolls-Royce RR300 engines

Robinson signs for 1,000 Rolls-Royce RR300 engines

3-Mar-2015Source: Rolls-Royce

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

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