RotorWay Launches Two-place Turbine Trainer

 - February 23, 2009, 11:04 AM

RotorWay, the company behind the piston-powered A600 Talon two-seat kit-built helicopter, is taking a major step up market with plans for an FAA-certified, two-seat turbine helicopter that it hopes to have flying in time for EAA’s AirVenture this July. Paving the way for the project was RotorWay’s recent acquisition of PMC Machining and Manufacturing based in Phoenix. The choice of engine at this point is the Rolls-Royce RR300, the same powerplant chosen for Robinson’s R66. The first production helicopter from RotorWay in its 40-year history would fill “the pressing, unmet market for a moderately priced two-seat turbine helicopter for use in training programs, commercial environments, private piloting, aerial photography, film and news production, military, law enforcement and a host of other applications,” said RotorWay CEO Grant Norwitz. The company will continue selling Talon kits while it develops the turbine model. Price and certification target date were not provided.