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Good news for Robinson

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AVIONICS / NORTH AMERICA | 16/03/2017

Good news for Robinson Helicopters. At the beginning of this month, the FAA approved a new inlet barrier filter (IBF) for use in the company’s R66 turbine helicopter.

The IBF was developed as an option specifically for the R66 by Bloomington, MN-based Donaldson Aerospace & Defense and provides added protection for engines operating in dusty environments. Instead of using a standard air filter with a foam filter element, the IBF employs a high-efficiency, flexible pleated element.

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According to a Robinson statement, the IBF mounts to the same inlet screen and uses the same filter bypass systems and cockpit indications as a standard filter, without imposing any performance penalties.

Service intervals for the IBF are 300 hours or annually, and the installation includes a pre-flight sight gauge to provide an early indication that the filter is becoming dirty. The FAA approval has made the IBF available for installation on new Robinson R66 helicopters for $6,500.

In related news, engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has expanded support for operators of its RR300 engines, which powers the R66 aircraft. The company increased the number of deployed technical representatives, while at the same time establishing new service locations, and added an online RR300 customer training program through Aviall, the exclusive RR300 parts distributor. Technical manuals are provided free to any operator who uploads their engine’s flight hours and cycles. Additionally, the RR330 has been included into Rolls-Royce’s TotalCare maintenance program and increased the engine’s warranty period by a full year. Lastly, the company also released an improved Engine Monitoring Unit with enhanced reliability.

With nearly 800 RR300 engines delivered into the market for the R66, and an amassed total of more than 550,000 flight hours, the R66 is the best-selling light turbine helicopter in the world.

There’s also good news for the Robinson R44. Garmin International recently announced a series of enhancements and an expanded feature set for it’s G500H glass flight display which is installed on board the R44.

According to a company statement, the enhanced G500H offers pilots a faster, more responsive and modernized flight display, alongside a number of additional features that improve situational awareness and bring new capabilities. Features include automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) integration including TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic, geo-referenced FliteCharts and Smart Airspace.

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TargetTrend provides pilots with an intuitive method of judging target trajectories and closure rates, while TerminalTraffic displays a comprehensive picture of ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles throughout the airport environment. Additionally, FIS-B weather information received by the GDL 88H can be overlaid on the moving map and dedicated weather pages alongside flight plan data for easier interpretation. The integration of Smart Airspace also makes it easier for pilots to identify what airspace lies ahead. This feature conveniently highlights the airspace nearest to the helicopter’s current altitude and de-emphasizes non-pertinent airspace so pilots can quickly distinguish their location to the relevant airspace around them.

“We continue to expand upon the feature set of our G500H glass flight display STC in the R44 so these helicopter operators have access to the latest situational awareness tools on the market,” comments Garmin Aviation Sales and Marketing VP Carl Wolf.

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