Robinson to launch two-seat R44 Cadet

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 23, 2015

Robinson R44 Cadet.

Robinson Helicopter is set to unveil a two-seat R44 aimed at the training and utility markets in the first quarter of 2016, adding to speculation the Californian-based helicopter manufacturer is looking to end the production of its R22.

Named the “Cadet”, the R44 will retain the same basic airframe, rotor system and Lycoming O-540-F1B5 engine as the R44 Raven I, however with the rear seats removed and reconfigured to carry cargo.

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A side view drawing of the Cadet shows its rear windows will be slimmer and will have no air vents in the rear doors.

Robinson says it will de-rate the Cadet’s engine power to 210 hp and reduce its maximum gross weight to 2,200lb to provide increased performance margins at high altitudes.

The Cadet will have a lower VNE of 110 kt and will come with a variety of optional equipment available including air conditioning, autopilot and avionics packages optimised for VFR or IFR training.

A newly designed engine muffler will also reduce the helicopter’s noise signature by more than three decibels lower than the current R44 Raven I.

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Final flight testing for FAA certification was expected to be completed before the end of 2015.

The base price for the Cadet, said to be lower than the price of a R44 Raven I, will be announced prior to February’s Heli-Expo 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Robinson to launch two-seat R44 Cadet Comment

  • Tony Vaitkevicius

    says:

    Good to know, I plan on starting flight lessons next spring. Perhaps I will learn on this new model.

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