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Robinson R66

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75   Charter operators    138   Maintenance centres    26   ATO training organisations    74   New aircraft sales representatives   

Overview

The R66 was designed and built by California-based Robinson Helicopter Company. It was announced in 2007 and was to be the company's first turbine-powered product. It derives from the R44.

Constructed from advanced composites, aluminium alloy and chromoly steel, the single engine helicopter has five seats, a separate cargo compartment and is powered by a Rolls-Royce RR300 turboshaft engine. It has two-bladed main and tail rotors, a fixed skid landing gear and is the first Robinson helicopter with a cargo hold.

The FAA awarded both type and production certificates on 25 October, 2010. Russia certified the R66 in March 2013 with Canada following in June 2013. EASA and China CAA certifications were granted in the second quarter of 2014.

Robinson started taking orders for the R66 in February, 2010. The helicopter went into preliminary production in 2010 and full production in 2011.

The R66 Turbine Marine with pop-out floats was FAA certified in November 2014.

Cargo hooks, introduced in 2018, are optional on both variants; a modification that increases maximum gross weight from 2,700 to 2,900 lb.

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For detailed information about the manufacture of this aircraft, please consult our sister publication Airframer: Robinson R66
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