Joined: Feb 14, 2008 Posts: 888 Location: Stavanger, Norway
Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:45 pm Post subject:
Well good on Frank for putting some new competition out there for Bell.
Not exactly the nicest looking machine... and I hope there is some good steps up the side of the aircraft to get all the way up to the head. I am guessing production cost were also kept low by using some of the same parts from the R44, the tail section and stabs look the same, aswell as the cockpit layout.
Catwoman, does your publicity info contain CofG information? If so could you send it to me? Just curious how much it differs from the R44, being that the R66 has a lightweight turbine engine behind the mast and now 5 seats in front, would explain the need for a taller rotor mast.
Joined: Dec 10, 2008 Posts: 118 Location: Portsmouth
Posted: Mon May 16, 2011 7:16 am Post subject:
There was a HeliAir R66 down at Elite Helicopters - Goodwood on Saturday.
Nice helicopter, they took a bunch of people for demonstration flights - including me. As I've got my licence the pilot gave me the controls for the circuit and approach to a hover - very exciting! There's only 2 in this country of 16 total in the world, so I thought I'd just have to brag about it
I've just done my R44 type rating, so it was good to compare them. If anything the R66 is even lighter on the controls than the R44, probably due to the beefed up hydraulic system for the bigger rotors. Seems to have a lot of power in reserve, as there were four of us in the cabin and it was still only using 60-odd % of power when going straight and level.
My first time flying a turbine as well, and although I didn't start it up reportedly it is much easier and simpler to start up than say a JetRanger. Lots of room (at least for a helicopter) for baggage in the boot. It can seat 5 people including the pilot, though I wouldn't want to be a passenger in the middle of the back seat, it's only big enough for a child or a very thin person. _________________ PPL(H) R22, R44, R66 (0.05 hours )
Middle seat is that small. I wonder why manufactures cant get this right. EG
B206 same problem have to be short and thin to be in the middle in the back. Then doesnt have the power to lift 5 and full fuel
H500 5 seats, well yes as long as you have 2 thin models in the front and Mrs 500 doesnt allow that. However does have the power to lift 5 and full fuel !
EC120 5 good seats but then doent have power to lift 5 reasonable size people and full fuel
R66 Good boot apparantly lots of power, but have to be a 6 stone model to be in the middle in the back.
Gazelle power to lift 5 with a boot as long as the back pax have very short legs as there is naff all knee room
That leaves the 350 which costs an arm and a leg to run !
Why cant the makers make one that actually seast 5 comfortably is able to get off the ground with full fuel and will not be out of c of g ????????
Hate to brag!!! But I "flew" to work and back in the R66 a couple of weeks ago. What an amazing fantastic machine. Amazing power, fantastic hassle-free start-up, awesome ground speed ................... do I need to go on!!! Beautiful shape and lines. Baggage compartment - bigger than it looks from the outside. Gets my vote every time!! Middle seat? No probs!! My bum sits in it perfectly!!! And the viz from the back middle seat is amazing, which is slightly raised for more perfect forward viz. The R66 front canopy is more drop cut-away than the R44, which gives the pilot and front seat pax, and rear pax, even better viz. I love my JetRanger but the R66, I have to say, overrides the lovely B206!! Sorry B206 drivers!
It ekes me to say that I am completely sold on the R66!
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