Robinson Helicopter’s Cockpit Video Camera, which was introduced at Heli Expo 2020, is now an available option on R22/R44 helicopters and a standard on R66 helicopters ordered after January 15, 2021, priced at US$2,500.
The Cockpit Video Camera is mounted in the ceiling, explains Robinson, for minimal vibration and optimal field of view. The 4K Ultra HD (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) video camera records video, intercom audio, radio communications, and GPS position to a removable 128 GB USB flash drive. Recording starts automatically when the helicopter is turned on and stops when it is turned off.
Recording video and/or audio to the flash drive can be independently controlled with separate switches, explains Robinson. The flash drive, supplied with each camera, stores approximately 10 hours of video and when the drive is full, the newest video automatically overwrites the oldest video. Robinson explains the recordings can be used as a training tool, maintenance aid, or aerial-tour souvenir to share with family and friends.