The Robinson R22 is the benchmark training helicopter. One of the most economical certified helicopters to operate, the R22 opens up the world of helicopter flying to the masses. Its small size and responsive handling characteristics make the R22 a real pilots aircraft - a delight to fly. Compared to other small helicopters the R22 is fast and efficient, making it a great cross country machine. The most popular helicopter for training world wide for good reason! We currently operate 2 Robinson R22’s from our Ardmore Base.
Capacity – 2 seats
Engine - 131 HP
Max Gross Weight - 1370lb (622kg)
Cruise speed - 96kts
Maximum speed - 102kts
Modern, fast and reliable – the Robinson R44 is the most popular helicopter in the world with thousands flying world wide. If you hear a helicopter flying past and look up, the chances are you will see an R44! The R44 offers a fast cruise speed, generous payload and comfortable flying, along with moderate operating costs. In the R44 every passenger gets a window seat, which means that no one misses out. The R44 is powered by the powerful Lycoming 0-540 six cylinder engine, which is de-rated 225 HP for exceptional reliability. We operate 2x R44 Raven II and a R44 Raven I from our Ardmore and Whitianga bases.
Capacity - 4 Seats
Engine - 245 HP
Max Gross Weight - 2500lb (1134kg)
Cruise Speed - 113kts
Maximum speed - 130kts
The R66 Turbine is the latest offering from Robinson Helicopters. Featuring the Rolls Royce R300 turbine engine, and the latest safety features the R66 has an impressive CV. Able to comfortably carry five people as well as a full compliment of baggage, the R66 is rapidly earning a reputation as a workhorse, and a leader in its class. Though visually similar to the R44 the R66 is a completely new helicopter, designed from the ground up for the new millennium, and has been certified to the latest safety specifications from the FAA and CAA.
Capacity – 5 Seats
Engine – 300 HP
Max Gross Weight - 2700lb (1225kg)
Cruise Speed – upto 125kts
Maximum Speed – 140kts