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WHEN ROLLS ROYCE CAME OUT WTIH THEIR NEW RR300 ENGINE, AND WE JUST COULDN’T GET THE WEIGHT DOWN ON THE DIESEL ENGINES, THAT’S WHAT CINCHED THE DECISION TO GO WITH A TURBINE.


wanted to buy, but were holding off due to the fact that no air conditioning is available. Is there A/C in the works? Kurt: Yes, A/C is extremely important to our customers. We did get people who


were used to the A/C in the R44 and liked it and wanted it in the R66. But we had to freeze the project at some point so we could go for FAA certification.


Rotorcraft Pro: So the current ships the FAA are flying do not have A/C? Kurt: That’s correct, they don’t have A/C. But we are working on those final


details and once the ship is certified, we’ll have A/C approved in just a few months. In fact, I am accepting PO’s right now for ships with A/C on board.


Rotorcraft Pro: Have you set a price for the A/C option? Kurt: Not yet, but we’re working on it.


Rotorcraft Pro: I see the R66 doing well in the ENG market. It’s turbine,


it has the power, it has the room for all the equipment. Kurt: Actually the R44 now has A/C available on the ENG ships as well. The


44 makes a great ENG helicopter; TV stations are very budget conscious and the 44 does a great job. We had some earlier issue trying to make room for both the ENG gear and the A/C, so we didn’t offer that version ship with A/C until just recently. In fact, I just delivered an ENG ship to Texas that had A/C.


Rotorcraft Pro: Well I know in the Los Angeles market there has always 14


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