February 9, 2010
Robinson Helicopter, Inc. is accepting orders for the new R66 turbine-powered helicopter. The company also has stated that the R66 will be sold through the Robinson dealer network, and it is currently accepting R66 dealer applications.
The new helicopter, which first flew in 2007, is powered by a 225-hp Rolls-Royce RR300 turbine engine and marks the first turbine-powered helicopter in the company’s product line. The engine was built for Robinson and is a modern derivative of the proven Rolls-Royce Model 250 series engine.
The R66 shares the same look as the R44 but is slightly larger, allowing five seats instead of four. It is constructed from advanced composites, aluminum alloy sheet, and chromoly steel. The R66 has a projected empty weight of 1,270 pounds and a max gross weight of 2,570 pounds. It is designed to compete with the Bell 206, MD 500, and AS350 single-engine light turbines.
The base price with standard equipment is $770,000; the required non-refundable deposit is $75,000. Customers have been told that serial numbers will not be assigned and delivery dates will not be confirmed until after FAA certification is complete. The aircraft will be on display at Heli-Expo 2010 in Houston, Texas.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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