Robinson Helicopters Introduces Two-Seats R44 Cadet

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Robinson Helicopters Introduces Two-Seats R44 Cadet

Robinson Helicopters Introduces Two-Seats R44 Cadet

By Ofonime Essien

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The R44 Cadet retains the same basic airframe, rotor system, and engine as the R44 Raven I, but not the rear seats. Robinson Image

Robinson Helicopter Company plans to debut the R44 Cadet, a two-place R44, in the first quarter of 2016. While suitable for a wide variety of utilitarian applications, Robinson developed the Cadet with the training market in mind.

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The Cadet retains the same basic airframe, rotor system, and Lycoming O-540-F1B5 engine as the R44 Raven I; however, the rear seats have been removed and the aft compartment reconfigured for cargo. Maximum gross weight is 2,200 pounds (200 lbs. less than the Raven I). Engine power is derated to 210 horsepower takeoff/185 HP continuous (down from 225/205 HP in the Raven I). The lower weight and derated power provide increased performance margins at high altitudes. Also, with a newly designed muffler, the Cadet’s flyover noise signature is more than three decibels lower than the current R44 Raven I.

A variety of optional equipment will be available including air conditioning, autopilot, and avionic packages optimized for VFR or IFR training.

The Cadet also has a redesigned muffler, which has resulted in a reduction in the flyover noise level by more than three decibels compared with the previous model, a modification that will be appreciated in the highly populated areas where helicopters are often operating.

While Robinson has not yet released a price point for the Cadet, the company says the new R44 will be less expensive than the Raven I, which starts at $375,000.

FAA certification is well underway with final flight tests expected before the end of the year. The base price for the Cadet will be lower than the R44 Raven I and will be announced prior to Heli-Expo 2016.

Source: Robinson


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