Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC) plans to debut the new R44 Cadet in early 2016. While suitable for a wide variety of utility applications the main market in mind is flight training
The new Cadet is basically the same as an R44 Raven but the rear seats will be removed and the aft compartment reconfigured for cargo. The Max Gross weight will be approx. 90kg less than a Raven I and the engine will be de-rated by 15 HP to provide an increase in performance margins at higher altitudes. Also a newly designed muffler will reduce the Cadetsnoise signature by more than 3 decibels than current R44’s.
Optional equipment will be available including air conditioning, auto pilot and avionic packages designed for Night VFR and IFR training. Certification is well underway with final flight tests expected before Christmas. RHC has said that the base price will be lower than the R44 Raven and this will be announced prior to the 2016 Heli Expo, USA.
Helibiz will be taking orders and deposits once prices have been finalized.