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

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