Robinson R44 Helicopter

East Coast Aero Club additionally offers training and tours with the popular Robinson R44 Raven helicopter.

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

The R44 is a single-engined helicopter with a semi-rigid two-bladed main rotor and 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 March 31, 1990. The R44 Astro was awarded an FAA Type Certificate in December 1992, with the first deliveries taking place in January 1993. 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.

Information about HelicoptersRent Robinson R44 Helicopters

ECAC Robinson R44 Helicopter
Specifications
Helicopter  
Capacity Four incl. pilot
Height 10 ft, 9 in
Length 21 ft, 5 in
   
Engine:  
Model Lycoming IO-540-AE1A5
No. Cylinders 6
Displacement 360 cu. in
HP 245
Carbureted Or Fuel Injected Fuel-injected
Rotor Diameter 33 ft
Tail Rotor Diameter 4 ft, 10 in.
   
Fuel:  
Fuel Capacity (Main) 31.6 gallons
Fuel Capacity (Aux) 18.5 gallons
Min. Octane Fuel 100
   
Weights and Capacities:  
Takeoff/Landing Weight 2,500 lbs.
Standard Empty Weight 1,450 lbs
Standard Payload 900 lbs
   
Performance  
Max. Speed 130 KCAS
Cruise Speed 110 KCAS
Range 300 nm
Alt Restictions 14,000 ft or 9,000 ft AGL.
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