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Where is my personal helicopter?

29 May 2015

Where is my personal helicopter? The one I was promised ages ago for use in these times? I ask this often when dealing with Miami traffic which alternated between a saltation mode and pure gridlock.

Robinson R44 helicopter

Robinson R44 — photo by Joseph May

Robinson has come close with its R44 model. A Lycoming flat-6 245 hp/183kW reciprocating engine turns a twin blade main rotor as well as a tail rotor. They are almost unmistakably identified by their size and tall rotor mast.

Robinson R44 — photo by Joseph May

Robinson R44 — photo by Joseph May

This R44 was recently photographed leaving the Florida Keys Marathon Airport taking passengers on a brief aerial tour on a gorgeous Florida Keys day.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Frank Damp permalink
    29 May 2015 10:46

    As I remember, the smaller R-22 has an engine built by Robinson, which was initially a home-build kit as well as a production airplane. There was a story about the company a few years back in one of the aviation magazines. They asked why it had a small multi-bladed tail rotor. Mr. Robinson said the length of the blades was the longest he could get into the oven in his home kitchen to cure the resin.

    • travelforaircraft permalink
      31 May 2015 06:37

      It’s good to hear of the practical side of engineering since getting the plan off paper and into the real world is the bottom line. Thank you so much for this 🙂

  2. Copterdude permalink
    9 June 2015 11:18

    The R22 and R44 are not a real helicopter. I first learned in a Bell 47G2 back in 1978.

    Eventually had to fly and own a R22HP. I call them Maytag washing machines. The are both quite capable of killing you very easily. Lately they have been chopping the tail boom off due to blade divergence. Two years ago a good mechanic friend died this way. There are many safer helicopters out there.

    • travelforaircraft permalink
      10 June 2015 07:23

      Good and hard earned information to know. Sympathies regareding the death of your friend, as well.

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