Robinson working on new r44 model
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heloman
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Robinson working on new r44 model

11-15-2015 12:58:39

http://helihub.com/2015/11/12/robinson-working-on-new-r44-model I've heard rumors of three blades with baggage comp, any other intel out there?

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Clarke
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11-15-2015 03:14:34
I attended a Helicopter Safety meeting in St. Louis on Saturday. Tim Tucker was one of the presenters. He actually gave 2 sessions, both of which were very good as usual for Tim. Afterward he opened up to questions about Robinson, or any other subject.
I inquired about the HeliHub brief on the registration of an R44 in the S/N 3,000 series, and it was rumored to be a diesel.
He was very open and candid, Mr. Tucker said "yes, Robinson is working on a Diesel R44". With a smile, he then stated "but, that is not the ship registered with the new S/N series I referred to". They are working on certification of a new "R44 Cadet". This is a Raven 1 with the back 2 seats removed, a lowered gross weight, and lower VNE. This unit is aimed at the training market. Robinson is striving for a higher TBO on this machine due to the lower stress on all the dynamic components. The dynamics are unchanged from the Raven 1. Robinson is trying to introduce a product that will fit into a lower cost and higher safety margin trainer.
(My Opinion)
This just may be a winner. Imagine the autorotation characteristics of a 2 place R44, and the ability to have students and instructors that may be above the weight limit of the R22 restriction, and the stability as an IFR trainer?
Time will tell?
simon
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11-16-2015 04:10:11
Stolen from another site.

The N-number is a dead giveaway: N234CD.

Continental Motors bought the old Theilert engine stuff (the aircraft engine based on a Mercedes automotive engine. The Theilert is a diesel. Continental calls the engine the CD-300.

So yeah, Robinson is probably close to having a flying model of an R-44 with the CD-300 diesel. It will be interesting to see how it works out. Fingers crossed!
Bob D
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11-16-2015 08:54:39
Maybe to lower "stress" levels will fix their blade issues
Bob D
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11-18-2015 01:20:10
This just in. The R44 Cadet. Let's see how many people ignore the new limitations and case havoc (great more load capacity!). It is a Raven I right?

http://www.verticalmag.com/news/article/RobinsonintroducesthetwoplaceR44Cadet
13snoopy
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11-20-2015 02:03:08
Where would one buy diesel fuel for a helicopter engine? Which airports stock diesel?
13snoopy
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11-20-2015 02:04:52
Sounds like they are gonna say goodbye to the R22. ????
13snoopy
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11-20-2015 02:06:17
Too bad they cannot design a main rotor blade that doesn't require replacement every four years.
simon
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11-22-2015 11:38:02
Well I guess the diesel thing was not correct.
The Cadet ( I hate the name ) should do quite well, Robinson can strip the R44-1 and sell it for the same as a well equipped R22. Add the fuel injected engine and 2-300 lbs more capacity and it will make an excellent utility ship.