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On July 29th, 2020 Robinson delivered R66 Turbine serial number 1,000 to Robinson dealer Les Gillespie of Gardner Aviation.

FAA-certified in October 2010, the first production R66 was delivered the following month. Since then, the R66 has proven itself on a daily basis. Powered by the Rolls Royce RR300 turbine engine, the R66 recently surpassed 1.2 million flight hours without a single reported in-flight engine failure. This accomplishment demonstrates a level of reliability that exceeds EASA’s stringent requirements for single-engine helicopters. The R66 has also risen to the challenges of flying to the North Pole and circumnavigating the globe multiple times.

“Delivering serial number 1000 demonstrates the R66 is the top performer and leader in its class,” said Robinson president, Kurt Robinson.

Robert Bentley-Johnston, Sales & Marketing Director for Heliflite said “Over the past 10 years the market has grown to truly appreciate the value available in the R66. Now with additional features available including the glass cockpit and autopilot, pilots everywhere are reaching a new level of appreciation. What truly stands out to pilots on their first flight is the exceptional power that’s available. When comparing the R66’s useful load with full fuel to competitor’s aircraft in the same configuration, it is clear the R66 has much greater capability and higher performance margins. Private pilots are enjoying the added safety that the generous available power offers when taking off and landing with friends and family on board whilst Commercial operators are delighted with the cost per seat margins it can generate due to the low operating costs.”

August 18, 2020

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