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The R66 TURBINE incorporates many of the design features of the R44 including a two bladed rotor system, T­bar cyclic and an open cabin configuration. Notable dif­ ferences are the R66’s increased reserve power, improved altitude performance, fifth seat and dedicated baggage com­ partment. Robinson’s R66 delivers turbine power, performance and quiet comfort at a lower cost.


With continued focus on safety, the R66 meets the latest FAA crashworthiness reg­ ulations. After five years of research and development, the R66’s design includes a well constructed cabin, energy absorbing


DECEMBER 2011 Robinson R66


seats and a new bladder fuel system. Its open cabin configuration comfortably seats five adults with passenger views that are not obstructed. Increased capacity, lower acquisition and operating costs, make the R66 the ideal helicopter for pri­ vate, business and utility applications. To ensure the highest quality, Robinson manufactures, assembles, inspects and flight tests all of its helicopters at its Torrance, California factory. The facility features state of the art equipment includ­ ing computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining centers, electrical discharge machines (EDM), and water jet and laser


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cutting machines. Coordinate measuring machines (CMM) capable of checking dimensional tolerances within 3 microns or 120 millionths of an inch are used to inspect precision machined parts. This level of accuracy is essential to the design and fabrication of interchangeable parts. To maximize efficiency and productivi­ ty, a large percentage of parts are manu­ factured in­house allowing the company to better control costs, eliminate delays and ensure the best possible quality.


Robinson Helicopter Company www.robinsonheli.com


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