In 2007, Robinson designed the R66 to be the company’s first turbine-powered product . It has five seats and a separate cargo compartment. Powered by a Rolls-Royce RR300 turboshaft engine. Encompassing many of the R44 features, the R66 is faster and smoother. The R66 received not only type.. but also production certificates from the FAA in October 2010. It went into preliminary production in 2010 and full production in 2011.
The Robinson R66 is a single-engined helicopter coupled with… two-bladed main and tail rotors. Furthermore it features a fixed skid landing gear. The R66 construction is from advanced composites, aluminium alloy (sheet), and also chromoly steel. The R66 has both electro-mechanical instruments and optional digital glass cockpit. The RR300 engine is more compact and lighter than the Lycoming O-540, six-cylinder piston engine… that powers the R44.
The two-bladed rotor, T-bar cyclic and open interior cabin, to name a few… are features that made the R44 a huge success. In addition…. new features in the R66 include… increased reserve power, altitude performance and a 5th seat. With the additional power advantage, increased luggage capacity was also incorporated. Furthermore… leather seats, HID landing lights and a stereo audio control panel are standard in the R66.
A four-seat police version of the R66 has entered production. Features include a FLIR camera system, searchlight, and external PA system. At Heli Expo 2018, Robinson introduced a cargo hook as optional equipment
This machine has impressed everyone from line pilot operations to… owners, charter companies, passengers and maintenance organisations. With the new additional features, there are exciting times ahead in the turbine sector.