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Rolls-Royce Develops New Turboshaft for Light Singles

By James T. McKenna | March 5, 2007

Rolls-Royce is developing a turboshaft engine to power the new Robinson Helicopter Co. R66 and other light, single-engine helicopters. It has signed agreements with Enstrom Helicopters and Schweizer Aircraft to discuss future applications of the engine for their products. A derivative of the Model 250, the new RR300 will be designed to provide 300 shp at takeoff and improved hot and high performance. The R66 is envisioned as a five-seater positioned between the Robinson R44 and the Bell Helicopter 206 JetRanger. Rolls expects FAA type certification of the RR300 by 2008. It plans to provide several hundred to Robinson in coming years. For related news

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