Robinson Helicopter Company is officially accepting orders for its new two-place R44 Cadet. The introductory price with standard equipment is $339,000 USD; the float equipped version is $367,000 USD; and the required nonrefundable deposit is $40,000 USD. Serial numbers will not be assigned and delivery dates will not be confirmed until FAA certification is complete.
The R44 Cadet’s airframe, rotor system and powerplant (Lycoming O-540-F1B5) are the same as the proven R44 Raven I. The Cadet differs in that the rear seats have been removed, providing ample cargo space, the maximum gross weight has been reduced to 2,200 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 (TBO) from 2,200 hr to 2,400 hr, reducing operating costs.
A variety of optional equipment including air conditioning, stability augmentation system and autopilot, and avionic packages for VFR or IFR training are available.
Robinson will display the R44 Cadet at this year’s Heli-Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, March 1 to 3.
Photo courtesy of Robinson Helicopter Company