Buyer beware of new R66 Avionics!
I am in the queue to take delivery of a new R66 with the Aspen PFD and the MFD and the Garmin 750. What I am finding is that some of the expected features of these wonderful avionics are not certified for Robinson. The factory is very quiet about these omissions, and I have to say it has been incredibly difficult to uncover this info.
So far I've discovered that the Synthetic Vision and ADS-B traffic info are not supported in the Aspen displays. I was dreaming of 3-D referenced traffic overlaid on my synthetic vision like my fixed wing buddies get on their Aspen systems, but no, not certified, not happening. Second, you love some of those neat features on the Garmin GMA 350H. Forget about it, not certified, not happening. What features? Well auto recorded clearance playback, nope. How about those voice commands for controlling the panel hands free, not supported.
Robinson blames the FAA for not certifying features in the helicopter that are certified for planes and apparently Aspen doesn't have their Synthetic Vision product working for helicopters yet. Okay...so it's not Robinson's fault. They will tell as much if you manage to uncover these feature omissions. They certainly won't offer to tell you unless you ask. My gripe; where the hell is their corporate integrity? They certainly aren't discounting any of these feature-crippled products they are selling, and they are not disclosing the missing features. That is crap...excuse me, that is corporate malfeasance. Robinson Helicopter Company, I understand there may be reasons these features are missing, but there is NO EXCUSE for nondisclosure. None. Tell people what they are buying! Garmin's Web site list the features for the GMA 350H, Robinson lists the product. Nowhere do they acknowledge the missing features.
This is my 3rd Robinson, I am mostly a fan of the company, but this makes me think twice about their integrity as a company.