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Astronauts – Do you Have What it Takes – BBC2 Sunday 9PM

Do You Have What it Takes for A Hover Challenge

Take the Hover Challenge and find out at Heli Air Gloucester on 30th September 2017.

The challenge consists of a 20 minute hands on flight experience in an Robinson R22 helicopter. During your flight you will be challenged to hover the helicopter!

Simple?… well you can find out at Heli Air Gloucester where the series contestants each faced the same test.

You can also add a bit of extra competition to your challenge by bringing a friend and letting Heli Air judge who’s the best!

Each flight lasts 20 minutes and costs £149.00 with a discount rate for your friend of £130.00


Robinson R44 Cadet Receives EASA Certification

Robinson R44 Cadet

We are pleased to announce that EASA has officially approved the certification of the Robinson R44 Cadet. Robinson R44 Cadet orders from Europe can now be delivered to Europe with Export Certificates of Airworthiness.

If you would like more information about the Robinson R44 Cadet, or would like to place an order to buy one, please contact Heli Air sales today by calling 0044 (0) 1789 470476 or sending an email to


Robinson Helicopter Company Delivers 12,000th Helicopter

On December 23, 2016 R66 S/N 0763 became the 12,000th helicopter to roll off Robinson Helicopter’s production line. “A nice way to end the year,” said Robinson President, Kurt Robinson.
S/N 0763 will be delivered to Hover Dynamics, one of three long-time Robinson dealers in South Africa. The helicopter was purchased by a new charter and tour operator, Fly Karoo Air Services, operating in the area of Graaff-Reinet. According to Dean Feldman of Hover Dynamics, Fly Karoo chose the R66 because of its powerful turbine engine, quieter cabin, spacious baggage compartment, and low operating costs.

Robinson’s first two-place R22 was produced and delivered in 1979, the first four-place R44 in 1993 and the first five-place R66 in 2010. Robinson also offers a multitude of variants including the recently introduced R44 Cadet, a two-place helicopter specially configured for training.

Heli Air offers full management packages for Robinson Helicopters, including sales and trade ins, maintenance and overhaul, leaseback income, hangarage, training, pilot services and can help you achieve preferential insurance rates. Contact us today for more information or to visit one of our locations.


R66 Turbine Marine Receives EASA Approval

Robinson R66 Turbine Marine Receives EASA Approval

Torrance, CA— On December 20, 2016 EASA issued final approval for the R66 Turbine Marine pop-out float installation. After tests conducted in July demonstrated the pop-out float installation meets Sea State 4 requirements, EASA officially approved the Marine to be used in emergency situations and for commercial operations. Sea State refers to the height, period, and character of waves on the surface of a large body of water. The tests were conducted in Spain at a facility capable of simulating the required conditions.
Heli Air currently operates the first UK Robinson R66 Marine, and can provide sales, trade – ins, management, maintenance, training, leaseback, and hangarage to suit your helicopter requirements.

Robinson R44 Raven II and Cadet with Garmin G500H

Robinson R44 Raven II and Cadet now Available with Garmin G500H


Torrance, CA — Robinson Helicopter Company announces the Garmin G500H Avionics Display System is now an option on new R44 Raven II and Cadet helicopters.
Previously available only on the R66 Turbine helicopter, the G500H system is a combination Primary Flight Display and Multifunction Display (PFD/MFD) which provides flight instrumentation, moving map navigation, and situational awareness on dual screens. Garmin’s Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology is an option for the PFD, and either Garmin FliteCharts or Jeppesen Chartview instrument charts are options for the MFD. The G500H system screens are centered in a newly designed instrument panel that also includes traditional instruments. A Garmin GTN 650 or 750 navigator is required with the G500H and sits just below the displays within easy reach of either pilot seat.
The list price for the G500H system is $35,700, not including the required GTN navigator. Call Heli Air for a price on a new Robinson R44 with the G500H system fitted.

Robinson R44 Cadet Approved by FAA

Robinson R44 Cadet Helicopter receives FAA Approval

Torrance, CA— On 6 May 2016, Robinson Helicopter Company received 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.
The Cadet’s airframe, rotor system, and power plant (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 2200 lb, and
the engine power has been derated to 210 hp takeoff and 185 hp continuous. The lower
weight and derated power provide increased performance margins at high altitudes and
extend the time between overhaul from 2200 hours to 2400 hours.
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 10-12 weeks.

Robinson R44 Cadet Weights:

Gross Weight – 2200 lb (998 kg)
Empty Weight (including oil & avionics) – 1432 lb (650 kg)
Max Fuel (46.5 gal) – 279 lb (126 kg)
Pilot, Passenger and Baggage with full fuel – 489 lb (222 kg)

Robinson R44 Cadet Performance:

Cruise Speed – up to 110 kts (127 mph)
Max Range (no reserve) – approximate 300 nm (350 sm)
Hover Ceiling IGE @ Max Weight – 8750 ft
Hover Ceiling OGE @ Max Weight – 5250 ft
Rate of Climb – over 1,000 fpm
Max Operating Altitude – 14,000 ft


Garmin G500H and HeliSAS Autopilot now EASA approved for European R66 installation

The New Autopilot and HeliSAS for Robinson R44 and R66 Helicopters

Heli Air is pleased to announce the EASA certification of the Garmin G500H Avionics Display System and the Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS autopilot for installation in the Robinson R66.
G500H Avionics Display System – improving situational awareness / significantly reducing risk
The G500H is a combination of Primary Flight Display and Multifunction Display (PFD/MFD) that provides flight instrument, moving map navigation and situational awareness information on dual screens.

Installed in the Robinson R66 within a new, purpose designed instrument panel that also retains all required traditional instruments, the dual 6.5″ LCD screens provide attitude, airspeed, altitude, climb rate and course/heading information along with detailed moving-map graphics showing the helicopter’s current position in relation to ground features, chart data, navaids and flight plan routings.
A Garmin GTN 750 GPS / Com navigator is required with the G500H and is installed just below the PFD/MFD on the new instrument panel within easy reach of either pilot seat.

Advantages Include:

  • Easy to read dual 6.5” flight displays
  • See clearly in dark VFR night, DVE or inadvertent IMC with HSVT™
  • Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning System (HTAWS) support
  • Weather, traffic, and charting all in your primary field of view
  • Video input for FLIR or other camera display

HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System – improving safety / reducing workload

Once equipped with Garmin G500H system, the HeliSAS autopilot may also be added to European Robinson R66s.

In its primary mode, the autopilot functions as a stability augmentation system by applying corrective inputs to the cyclic in order to maintain fixed pitch and roll attitude. Only light force on the cyclic is required to override or “fly through” the system, so it can be left engaged continuously while still allowing the pilot to manoeuvre comfortably. Additional autopilot modes are heading hold, altitude hold, navigation signal tracking (VOR or GPS) and approach navigation (including vertical guidance). The autopilot does not provide any collective or pedal inputs.

Advantages include:

  • Reduced Pilot Workload
  • With autopilot and stability augmentation, pilots are freed up to concentrate on other
    flight deck tasks.
  • Safer, More Confident Command
  • Precise control during all modes of flight, regardless of wind conditions or shifts in weight.
  • Auto-Recover to Neutral Attitude
  • In the event that a pilot loses visual reference due to limited visibility, releasing the cyclic causes the helicopter to automatically recover to a near-level attitude.
  • Unmatched stability and ease of handling

While the pilot may override the R66 HeliSAS at any time with manual cyclic inputs, the attitude stabilisation and force feel features enhance handling characteristics to allow the pilot to easily transition from HeliSAS to manual flight.

Discover the advantages of this new generation of R66 equipment at a Heli Air base close to you.

HeliSAS Auotopilot for Robinson R66 Demnstration Opportunities

To introduce this new level of Robinson R66 glass cockpit sophistication to clients, Heli Air will be touring its seven nationwide bases during March and April to present this new equipment and demonstrate the G500H system fitted to an R66. Your local Heli Air base manager will be contacting you shortly to take bookings but you can also contact them direct to reserve your place.

Pricing for the newly EASA certified Robinson R66 HeliSAS Autopilot and optional avionics:

The new Garmin G500H PFD / MFD costs $35,700 as a Robinson R66 factory installation and is coupled to the Garmin GTN 750 navigator priced at $24,000. It also links to the Garmin GTX 330 ES Mode S transponder priced at $3,400

The SAS / Autopilot Genesys HeliSAS also RHC factory installed in a new R66 costs $46,000 and
couples to the Garmin G500H – (all prices + VAT)

Robinson R44 Cadet Introduced


Torrance, CA – Robinson Helicopter Company plans to debut the R44 Cadet, a twoplace 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.

The R44 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 2200 lb (200 lb less than the Raven I). Engine power is derated to 210 HP 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 R44 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.

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

Founded in 1973, Robinson Helicopter Company is the world’s leading manufacturer of civil helicopters. For additional information, visit or click here to view the full Robinson R44 Cadet press release.

Robinson R66 Passes FAA Snow Test


Torrance, CA – On November 13th, in Spray Lakes, Canada, Robinson’s R66 Turbine passed the
FAA’s and Transport Canada’s test to allow flight in snow conditions. The stringent test requires
extended flight in weather conditions that are difficult to find even in Canada. When alerted by
Canadian based dealer Eric Gould of Aerial Recon that the right combination of visibility,
temperature and storm duration was finally on the way, Robinson responded swiftly.

The test was conducted during a heavy snow storm with low visibility at freezing temperatures,
conditions that have been shown to produce worst-case snow accumulation at the helicopter turbine
engine intakes. The test consisted of a 100% engine ground run for 20 minutes, IGE hover for 5
minutes, and 60 minutes of cruise flight. Performance was monitored using pressure instruments
and a live video feed from a camera mounted near the engine air filter.

The test requires that snow build-up not block the engine air intake or adversely affect engine
operation. Despite the extreme weather conditions, no snow build-up occurred in the engine intake
area and no decrease in engine performance was detected.

Passing the test is significant as it allows Robinson to eliminate the existing limitation in the R66
Pilot’s Operating Handbook which prohibits flight in falling or blowing snow.

Founded in 1973, Robinson Helicopter Company is the world’s leading manufacturer of civil
helicopters. For additional information,, or click here to download a copy of the Robinson press release.



Robinson R66 with Floats Approved by EASA

Heli Air is pleased to announce that Robinson Helicopter Company’s float option for its 5-place Robinson R66 has now received EASA certification.

Designated the Robinson R66 Turbine Marine, the R66 pop-out float option is similar to the R44 Clipper pop-out float option (in fact, the same float tubes are used) and like the Clipper, the R66 Turbine Marine offers an additional level of safety for over-water operations.

The float option adds approximately 65 pounds to the helicopter’s empty weight. When not in use, the float tubes stow in low-profile protective covers along the landing gear skids minimizing drag and allowing easy cabin entry and exit.

Primarily used in emergencies, the floats activate by a lever on the pilot’s collective and inflate within 2 to 3 seconds allowing the pilot to make an immediate water landing if necessary.

For more information contact the Heli Air sales department by e-mail on, or call us on 01789 470 476. As the largest UK dealer, Heli Air offers excellent management, maintenance, leaseback and hangarage plans for the Robinson Helicopter range.

Please also click on the following link to the R66 Turbine Marine brochure.

Robinson R66 Turbine Marine Brochure