Robinson R44. Photo courtesy of Sky Helicopters
Robinson Helicopter Co. has received orders for additional R44 Cadets from the universities of North Dakota (UND) and Southern Utah (SUU). This will be UND’s second Cadet and SUU’s third.
Wes Van Dell, UND’s chief helicopter instructor, expressed satisfaction with the Cadet’s performance in all weather conditions and said it is perfect for flight training. Richard Cannon, SUU’s director of flight operations, said that the Cadet is safe and performs well in the high altitude (5,846 ft) of Cedar City, Utah.
Scheduled for delivery in September, both aircraft will be equipped for visual and instrument flight rules training. They will each have a fully integrated glass cockpit featuring Garmin’s 1060 TXi touchscreen flight display, GTN navigator and GTX 345 transponder with ADS-B In/Out.
The two-seat Cadet offers a spacious baggage compartment, increased performance margins at high altitudes, and a 2,400-hour time between overhaul.