Robinson has added wire strike protection provisions to its R66 options list. Photo courtesy of Robinson Helicopter Co.
Robinson Helicopter Co.’s R66 can now protect itself from wire-strike. The manufacturer announced it has added provisions, FAA-certificated, for bolt-on installation of Magellan Aerospace’s wire strike protection system.
The protection system is sold separately by Magellan of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Seven pounds are added to the empty weight of the helicopter with the provisions, Robinson said. That comprises reinforcement and attach points on the windshield bow, roof and chin, with low-profile deflectors near the ground handling ball and forward landing gear struts.
Magellan’s system adds 16 pounds to the empty weight. It includes wire deflectors and cutting blades, and is available as a kit with factory-installed provisions or as a complete aftermarket kit with field-installable provisions.