Robinson upgrades R66 police helicopter
Robinson Helicopter Company announced its R66 Turbine Police Helicopter with the FLIR Systems Ultra 8000 Infrared Camera and the Spectrolab SX-7 searchlight with 30-million candlepower has been reconfigured to include a multitude of upgrades. This high performance 4-place police helicopter comes standard with a Garmin G500H Primary and Multifunction Display System (PFD/MFD), a Garmin GTN 635 touch-screen navigator, and a Garmin GTR 225A COM radio. Also standard are Boland’s 10.4” LCD monitor and two 6-channel audio controllers.
By Carey Fredericks
A new streamlined instrument panel houses the Garmin G500H PFD/MFD along with traditional instruments and dual audio controllers. With the G500H panel, the aircraft can be flown from either seat and dual audio controllers allow for independent radio monitoring and transmitting by the pilot or copilot.
To complete the package, Robinson expanded the R66 Police Helicopter options list. New options include Genesys Aerosystems’ HeliSAS autopilot, Garmin’s GTN 650/750 navigators, FreeFlight’s RA-4500 radar altimeter which displays radar altitude information on the G500H PFD, Technisonic’s TDFM 9000 radio in a variety of single to four band options, and Aerocomputers’ moving map system with View Sync 3D capability.
A fully-loaded R66 Police Helicopter, the first to come off the line with the new configuration, will be delivered to Night Flight Concepts in Bedford, Texas. The helicopter will be one of Night Flight’s platform aircraft for its Law Enforcement Air Support Entity (L.E.A.S.E.)