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Tue, Mar 29, 2011

Aero-TV: A/C For The R66 -- Cooling Down the Industry's Hottest Helicopter

A Much Requested Feature Is Ready For The Helo Market

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 during operation.

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 performance.  

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.

Cool, eh?

FMI: www.robinsonheli.com, www.aero-tv.net, www.youtube.com/aerotvnetwork, http://twitter.com/AeroNews

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