FAA certifies R66 as police helicopter

Robinson R66In early September 2012, Robinson received FAA certification for the R66 Turbine police helicopter. Robinson’s R66 police model is specially configured for law enforcement and meets the latest FAA crashworthiness regulations.

The R66 police helicopter comes standard with FAA-approved technology including the FLIR Ultra 8000 thermal imaging camera, a 10-inch fold down color monitor, the new Spectrolab SX-7 searchlight with 30-million candlepower, and a dual audio controller.

Robinson believes the price tag of $1.1 million and simplified maintenance schedule will appeal to both large and small police agencies.

The first production R66 police helicopter will be delivered in October 2012 to Southern California’s Fontana Police Department. Fontana is the lead agency in a four city alliance and has used Robinson R44 Police helicopters since 2005.

Robinson will continue expanding the R66 line with an electronic news gathering version and a float version. Both of these new versions are targeted for launch in 2013.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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