China’s civil aviation authority, the CAAC, has certified the Robinson R66 turbine helicopter on April 29. China joins more than 50 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Africa, and the U.S. that have already certified the R66.
As China relaxes airspace restrictions and its general aviation continues to develop through investments in infrastructure and training, helicopters are expected to play a more prominent role.
Foreign markets have historically represented two-thirds of Robinson’s sales. To date, approximately 500 R66 helicopters operate in more than 30 countries, and Robinson estimates the fleet has more than 160,000 total flight hours. Robinson has also added glass and touchscreen avionics to the R66’s options list.
Robinson R66 in flight. Photo courtesy of Robinson Helicopter Company
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