FAA certifies Robinson R44 Cadet helicopter

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FAA certifies Robinson R44 Cadet helicopter

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FAA certifies Robinson R44 Cadet helicopter

By Ofonime Essien

R44 Cadet

The two-place R44 Cadet, designed to appeal to the training market, has the same airframe, rotor system, and powerplant as the R44 Raven I. Skip Robinson Photo

On May 6, 2016, Robinson Helicopter Company received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for its two-place R44 Cadet helicopter. Combining the best of the R22 and R44, Robinson believes the Cadet’s modest price of $339,000 (with floats $367,000) will appeal to the training market as well as operators that want the economy of a small helicopter with the comfort, power, and performance of a larger helicopter.

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The Cadet’s airframe, rotor system, and powerplant (Lycoming O-540-F1B5) are the same as the proven R44 Raven I. Where the Cadet differs is the rear seats have been removed providing ample cargo space, the maximum gross weight has been reduced to 2,200 pounds, and the engine power has been de-rated to 210 horsepower for takeoff and 185 hp continuous. The lower weight and de-rated power provide increased performance margins at high altitudes and extend the time between overhaul from 2,200 hours to 2,400 hours.

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A variety of optional equipment including air conditioning, stability augmentation system and autopilot, and avionic packages for VFR or IFR training are available. Robinson is now accepting orders with lead times estimated at 10 to 12 weeks.

(Robinson Press Release)

 

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Mr. Ofonime A. Essien, is a Helicopter Pilot. He is also a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), a Computer Forensics Expert, a Blogger, Web Master, a Writer and an Entrepreneur. He is an avid reader. He likes motivating others to achieve their dreams through writing and speaking.

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