Transport Canada approves R66 cargo hook

Helicopters Staff
December 05, 2018
By Helicopters Staff
The FAA approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook back in August 2018. (Photo: Robinson Helicopters)
The FAA approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook back in August 2018. (Photo: Robinson Helicopters)
Transport Canada approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation, providing Canadian commercial lift operators with what the company describes as a high-performance, low-cost solution. The suggested retail price of the technology is US$28,000.

The FAA approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook back in August 2018. The optional cargo hook carries external loads of up to 1,200 lbs; and the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2,700 lbs to 2,900 lbs.

The cargo hook installation, explains Robinson, allows solo flight from either front seat. Optional extra-large bubble windows enable the pilot to view the load for placement.

“One thing I’ve learned from all my years in the industry is that high operating costs are the main reason commercial operators fail,” said Eric Gould, owner Aerial Recon, a long-time Robinson dealer in Calgary, Alberta. “The R66’s bottom line gives users the edge over aging fleets currently in the field. And, now with the cargo hook, R66 operators can handle loads of 1,200 pounds all day long and not with just 15 minutes of fuel.”

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