By Staff Writer | March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Rolls-Royce and Robinson Helicopter Company have signed a new, 10-year agreement to supply at least 1,000 RR300 engines to power R66 aircraft.
The Rolls-Royce RR300 has been the exclusive engine on Robinson’s R66 gas-turbine helicopter since it entered service in 2010. Rolls-Royce has delivered more than 800 RR300 engines to meet the growing global demand for the R66.
Jason Propes, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President, Helicopters, said, “The Rolls-Royce RR300 engine has proven itself in the field as a reliable, economical powerplant with over 275,000 flight hours. We are thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship with Robinson Helicopter and secure the RR300 on their versatile R66 aircraft for the next decade.”
Kurt Robinson, President, Robinson Helicopters, said, “Robinson Helicopter Company, Inc. is pleased with the commitments we have made with Rolls-Royce and the RR300 engine. With 600 helicopters in the field and proven reliability, the RR300 engine is the perfect choice for the R66.”
Designed as a replacement for piston engines in light helicopters and general aviation aircraft, the RR300 engine is optimized for performance in the 240 – 300 shp power range. The engine has a certified multi-fuel capability and proven turbine engine responsiveness, smoothness and worry-free reliability.
A maintenance philosophy of a 2000-hour Preventative Maintenance Inspection (PMI) has been incorporated to assure dependable power and predictable performance for the owner/operator. RR300 operators are supported by a global network of Rolls-Royce authorized service providers.
The RR300 engine was developed from the legacy of the trusted Rolls-Royce M250 engine line, which has topped 235 million flight hours from more than 31,000 engines delivered to the marketplace. M250 engines have powered more than 100 aircraft types and about 15,000 are in service around the world in civilian and military use.