Robinson R44 Helicopter

Flights in this Robinson are available in the Hunter Valley

The Robinson R44 is a four-seat light helicopter produced by Robinson Helicopter Company since 1992. Based on the company’s two-seat Robinson R22, the R44 features hydraulically assisted flight controls. It was first flown on 31 March 1990 and received FAA certification in December 1992, with the first delivery in February 1993.

The R44 has been the world’s best-selling general aviation (GA) helicopter every year since 1999. It is the most-produced GA aircraft of the 21st century, with 5,805 deliveries from 2000-2017.

This R44 is the newest R44 Helicopter in the Hunter Valley equipped with air-conditioning for passenger comfort. This helicopter can take three passengers to the destination of your choice or a leisurely scenic flight around the vineyards.

Transfers to the Hunter Valley can be made with ease in the R44 helicopter right to the front door of your accommodation.

Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Robinson R44 Helicopter

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Crew: one or two pilots
  • Capacity: four, including pilot
  • Payload: 748 lb (340 kg)
  • Length: 38 ft 3 in (11.65 m)
  • Rotor diameter: 33 ft (10.1 m)
  • Tail rotor diameter: 4 ft 10 in (1.5 m))
  • Height: 10 ft 9 in (3.3 m)
  • Empty weight: 1450 lb (658 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 2500 lb (1134 kg)
  • Fuel: 100 low lead (100LL) fuel or 100/130.
  • Main tank capacity: 31.6 US gallons (120 liters)
  • Main tank usable fuel: 30.6 US gallons (116 liters)
  • Auxiliary tank capacity: 18.5 US gallons (70 liters)
  • Auxiliary tank usable fuel: 18.3 US gallons (69 liters)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming IO-540-AE1A5 6 cylinder, flat engine with fuel injection, 245 bhp (183 kW)

PERFORMANCE

  • Maximum speed: 130 kn (240 km/h; 150 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 110 kn (200 km/h; 130 mph)
  • Range: 300 nmi (560 km; 350 mi)
  • Fuel consumption: 15 US gallons (57 l) of Avgas per hour[23] Not given in Pilot’s Handbook.[4]
  • Altitude restrictions: 14,000 ft (4,300 m) density altitude or 9,000 ft (2,700 m) above ground level in order to be able to reach ground within 5 minutes in case of fire.

FACTS

The R44 is a single-engined helicopter with a semi-rigid two-bladed main rotor, a two-bladed tail rotor and a skid landing gear. It has an enclosed cabin with two rows of side-by-side seating for a pilot and three passengers. Tail rotor direction of rotation on the R44 is reversed compared to the R22 for improved yaw control authority. On the R44 the advancing blade is on the bottom.

Designed during the 1980s by Frank Robinson and his staff of engineers, the R44 first flew on 31 March 1990. The R44 Astro was awarded an FAA Type Certificate in December 1992, with the first deliveries taking place in January 1993. The first R44 Newscopter featuring onboard electronic news gathering equipment was delivered in 1998. In January 2000, Robinson introduced the Raven with hydraulically assisted controls and adjustable pedals. In July 2002, Robinson introduced the Raven II featuring a more powerful, fuel-injected engine and wider blades, allowing a higher gross weight and improved altitude performance.

During November 2015 Robinson announced the Cadet, a Raven I with a cargo area instead of the two back seats, a slightly less powerful engine and a more efficient muffler.

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Bell B206B3 JetRanger

Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Bell B206B3 JetRanger Helicopter
Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Bell B206B3 JetRanger Helicopter

Flights in this JetRanger are available from Armidale

The Bell 206 is a family of two-bladed, single- and twin-engined helicopters, manufactured by Bell Helicopter at its Mirabel, Quebec plant. Originally developed as the Bell YOH-4 for the United States Army’s Light Observation Helicopter program, it was not selected by the Army. Bell redesigned the airframe and successfully marketed the aircraft commercially as the five-place Bell 206A JetRanger.

Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Bell B206B3 JetRanger Helicopter

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Crew: 1 or 2
  • Length: 11.92m (39ft 1in)
  • Rotor diameter: 10.16 m (33ft 4in)
  • Height: 3.57 m (11ft 8 in)
  • Rotor area: 81.03 m2 (872.19 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 880 kg (1944 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1451 kg (3,206 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 x Rolls Royce C20B Gas Turbine, 420 SHP
Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Bell B206B3 JetRanger Helicopter

PERFORMANCE

  • Never exceed speed: 240 km/hr (130 knots)
  • Maximum speed: 240 km/h (130 knots)
  • Range: 675 km (365 nm)
  • Service ceiling: 6,096 m (20,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 13.7 m/s (2700 ft/min)
Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Bell B206B3 JetRanger Helicopter

FACTS

Bell developed the D-250 design into the Bell 206 aircraft, redesignated as YOH-4A in 1962, and produced five prototype aircraft for the Army’s test and evaluation phase. The first prototype flew on December 8, 1962. The YOH-4A also came to be known as “The Ugly Duckling” in comparison to the other contending aircraft. Following a fly-off of the Bell, Hughes and Fairchild-Hiller prototypes, the Hughes OH-6 was selected in May 1965.

When the YOH-4A was eliminated by the Army, Bell went about solving the problem of marketing the aircraft. In addition to the image problem, the helicopter lacked cargo space and only provided cramped quarters for the planned three passengers. The solution was a redesigned fuselage, sleeker and aesthetically appealing, adding 16 ft3 (0.45 m3) of cargo space in the process. A Bell executive contributed to this redesign by drawing on a sketch two lines extending the fuselage to where it meets the tail. The redesign was designated Bell 206A, and Bell President Edwin J. Ducayet named it the JetRanger, denoting an evolution from the popular Model 47J Ranger.

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Bell B206L LongRanger

Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Bell B206L LongRanger Helicopter
Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Bell B206L LongRanger Helicopter

Flights in this LongRanger are available from Armidale

Bell also developed a seven-place LongRanger, which was later offered with a twin-engined option as the TwinRanger, while Tridair Helicopters offers a similar conversion of the LongRanger called the Gemini ST. The ICAO-assigned model designation “B06” is used on flight plans for the JetRanger and LongRanger, and the designation “B06T” is used for the twin-engined TwinRangers.

Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Bell B206L LongRanger Helicopter

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Crew: 1 or 2
  • Length: 13.02m (42ft 8.5in)
  • Rotor diameter: 11.28 m (37ft 0in)
  • Height: 3.32 m (10ft 10.8 in)
  • Rotor area: 99.88 m2 (1075 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1150 kg (2,541 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,882 kg (4159 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 x Rolls Royce C30-P Gas Turbine, 650 SHP
Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Bell B206L LongRanger Helicopter

PERFORMANCE

  • Never exceed speed: 240 km/hr (130 knots)
  • Maximum speed: 240 km/h (130 knots)
  • Range: 611 km (330 nm)
  • Service ceiling: 7,315 m (24,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 13.2 m/s (2,600 ft/min)
Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Bell B206L LongRanger Helicopter

FACTS

The 206L LongRanger is a stretched variant with seating for seven. The fuselage, stretched a total of 30 inches (760 mm), adds two rear-facing seats between the front and rear seats. Since 1975, Bell has produced more than 1,700 LongRangers across all variant types. In 1981, a military version, the 206L TexasRanger was released. The original 206L used an Allison 250-C20B engine, and a series of model upgrades replaced this engine with more powerful versions; the 206L-1 used a 250-C28, and the 206L-3 and 206L-4 used the 250-C30P. In both applications, the 250-C30P is derated from 650 hp for takeoff and 501 hp continuous. The 206L-3 is transmission-limited to 435 hp for take-off, and the 206L-4 is transmission-limited to 495 hp. The derating of the C30P produces an advantage in hot-day and high-altitude operations as it can produce the rated horsepower at higher altitudes and temperatures where applications that use the maximum rating of the engine at sea level suffer accelerated performance deterioration with increases in temperature and altitude. The 206L-3 and L-4 have not been offered in a twin configuration under those model designations.

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Airbus AS350 B2 Squirrel

Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Airbus AS350 B2 Squirrel Helicopter
Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Airbus AS350 B2 Squirrel Helicopter

Flights in this Squirrel are available from Armidale

The Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil (Squirrel), now Airbus Helicopters H125, is a single-engine light utility helicopter originally designed and manufactured in France by Aérospatiale and Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters). In North America, the AS350 is marketed as the AStar. The AS355 Ecureuil 2 is a twin-engine variant, marketed in North America as the TwinStar. The Eurocopter EC130 is a derivative of the AS350 airframe and is considered by the manufacturer to be part of the Écureuil single-engine family.

Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Airbus AS350 B2 Squirrel Helicopter

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Crew: 1 or 2
  • Length: 12.94 m (42 ft 5.4in)
  • Rotor diameter: 10.69 m (35ft 1in)
  • Height: 3.15 m (10ft 4 in)
  • Rotor area: 89.71 m2 (965 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 1334 kg (2,940 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,250 kg (4961 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 x Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 Gas Turbine, 732 SHP
Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Airbus AS350 B2 Squirrel Helicopter

PERFORMANCE

  • Never exceed speed: 287 km/hr (155 knots)
  • Maximum speed: 287 km/hr (155 knots)
  • Range: 630 km (340 nm)
  • Service ceiling: 6,096 m (20,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 21.5 m/s (4,000 ft/min)
Jet Fighter: Adventure and Adrenaline flights in Australia - Airbus AS350 B2 Squirrel Helicopter

FACTS

On 27 June 1974, the first prototype, an AS350 C powered by a Lycoming LTS101 turboshaft engine, conducted its maiden flight at Marignane, France; the second prototype, powered by a Turbomeca Arriel 1A, following on 14 February 1975. The Arriel-powered version, the AS350B, intended for sale throughout the world except for North America, was certified in France on 27 October 1977, while the Lycoming powered AS350C (or AStar) was certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration on 21 December 1977. In March 1978, deliveries to customers began for the AS350B, deliveries of the AS350C began in April 1978.

One of three AS350 news helicopters of ABS-CBN network in a hangar in Mactan-Cebu International Airport, note the 5-axis gimbal HD camera and a transmitter. Over time, the AS350 Écureuil/AStar has received further development; while the aircraft’s design remains broadly similar, various aspects and systems such as the rotor system, powerplants, and avionics have been progressively improved. On 6 February 1987, a prototype AS350 B2 flew with a fenestron tail-rotor in the place of its normal conventional counterpart. On 1 March 1997, the first AS350 B3, equipped with an Arriel 2B engine, performed its first flight. Various conversion programs and addons for AS350s have been produced and are offered by multiple third-party ‘aftermarket’ aerospace firms in addition to those available directly from the type’s prime manufacturer. New variants of the Arriel-powered AS350B, the AS350 B1, AS350 B2, and AS350 B3, were progressively introduced; the later B3 differing from preceding models by the increasing use of digital systems, such as the Garmin-built G500H avionics suite and FADEC engine control system.

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