Robinson Helicopter has set an initial price of $770,000 for its Rolls-Royce RR300-powered R66 turbine single. The company has begun accepting $75,000 individual deposits and dealer applications for the helicopter. “We want to create a market for this helicopter,” said company vice president Kurt Robinson, explaining the price decision. The company had said that its goal was to price the R66 at less than $1 million, and the tag has come in well short of that figure. Robinson said he expects deliveries of the R66 to begin later this year, depending on the progress of FAA certification. Initial deliveries will just be the basic helicopter, Robinson said, but he expects police, electronic newsgathering and float versions to follow “in short order.”
Standard equipment on the R66 includes leather seats, HID landing lights and a stereo audio control panel. Optional avionics include Garmin 420/430 GPS/navcoms and a GTx mode-S transponder. Robinson also released preliminary performance numbers on the R66: payload with the full 73.6 gallons of fuel, 927 pounds; cruise speed, 120 knots; range (no reserves), 325 nm; and maximum operating altitude, 14,000 feet.