Despite the warmth of thew Florida climate, there was something
undeniably cool at this year's Orlando, FL HAI Convention. Robinson
Helicopter confirmed that it is now delivering the R66 turbine helo
with optional air conditioning. The 'simple, lightweight system'
provides air conditioned comfort and reduced humidity throughout
the five-seat cabin.
The company notes that an overhead console provides vents for
each seat with 250 CFM total airflow. The 42 lb air conditioner
uses the latest automotive refrigerant and has 17,000 BTU/hr
cooling capacity. The system is controlled by a toggle switch with
low and high fan settings and uses approximately three horsepower
The evaporator and fan are mounted under the aft center seat,
preserving all four under-seat baggage compartments. The compressor
engages when the fan is switched on and automatically disengages
during autorotation entry to maximize glide
The air conditioning option is $23,000. Production of new air
conditioned R66 helicopters is underway with the first air
conditioned R66 actually on display at this year’s Heli-Expo.
Robinson’s R66 dealer, Florida Suncoast, took delivery of
this aircraft after the show.