Universities of North Dakota and Southern Utah order more R44 Cadets


THE ROBINSON Helicopter Company has received orders for additional R44 Cadet helicopters from the universities of North Dakota (UND) and Southern Utah (SUU), the company announced on June 13, 2018.

The helicopters will be the second for the University of North Dakota and the third for Southern Utah University.

UND Chief Helicopter Instructor Wes Van Dell said: “We are very excited to add a second R44 Cadet to our fleet. Having evaluated the Cadet over the past year, we feel it is an outstanding aircraft for flight training.”

He added: “We are an allweather flight school, flying in conditions from 100°F [37.8°C] in the summer, to -25°F [-31.7°C] in the winter, with winds as high as 30 knots [56 km/h]. The Cadet’s performance has exceeded our expectations.”

Both helicopters will be delivered in September 2018 and will be equipped for VFR and IFR rotary-wing pilot training. They will incorporate a fully integrated glass cockpit, which includes a Garmin 1060 TXi touchscreen flight display, GTN navigator and GTX 345 transponder with ADS In/ Out functionality.

SUU Director of Flight Operations, Richard Cannon, said: “We have found the Cadet to be a very safe and capable training aircraft, especially at our field’s altitude [5,846ft/1,783m] in Cedar City, Utah. With the advanced avionic options, students receive relevant industry training starting with their initial flight.” Nigel Pittaway The University of North Dakota ordered a second R44 Cadet after evaluating its first helicopter in extreme temperature conditions.

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