First R66 in Australasia goes to HelifliteHeliflite chief pilot participates in R66 certification
Heliflite, November 22, 2010 - Heliflite is pleased to announce that it will be taking delivery of the first Robinson R66 Turbine helicopter in Australasia early next year, after official FAA certification was completed in late October.
The first R66 Turbine in the region will be based at Heliflite’s headquarters at Bankstown Airport and will be used as an exclusive demonstrator to potential Australian clients.
In the coming months, Heliflite’s New Zealand subsidiary distributorship Heliflite Pacific will also be offering its local clients the exclusive opportunity of the country’s first ever Robinson R66 Turbine.
Robinson Helicopter Company is yet to certify the R66 Turbine with a factory air-conditioning system and pop-out floatation system option until an expected mid-2011.
As the region’s first Robinson distributor, Heliflite proudly imported the first R22 and R44 helicopters on their release and looks forward to continuing the precedent with the new R66 Turbine.
In September this year, Heliflite’s chief pilot Bill Miller become only one of two overseas pilots to participate exclusively in the joint Robinson Helicopter Company/ FAA R66 Turbine helicopter certification testing this September.
An intensive two day flying program at the factory was carried out by Bill and focused on function and reliability testing of the R66 Turbine. More than 8 hours of flying was conducted in the R66 Turbine and according to Bill the aircraft exceeded all his expectations with its outstanding performance and ease of start-up and general handling. It is worth noting that Bill Miller was Australia’s first pilot to fly the R44 in the early 1990s. .
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