Whether you are contemplating your PPL (H) or CPL (H), you will have to decide which helicopter type suits you best. Aeromega can conduct your training on both the R22 two seater and R44 four seater. Your prefered type will depend on you personal circumstances and constraints. To help potential students understand the differences, here is a brief summary of the pros and cons of each type:
– Highly manoeuvreably type with good performance.
– Sensitive response which develops the very best handling skills.
– Most common type, available around the world for Self Fly Hire.
– Low blade inertia meaning that Rotor RPM from overpitching can be quickly recovered.
– Simple helicopter with less complex system to go wrong.
– PPL Courses usually completed in slightly more hours.
– No stabilizing assistance, therefore constant inputs required to maintain smooth flight.
– Slower Type (max realistic airspeed 90 knots).
– Useable load limited – two fifteen stone persons on board will limit you to flights of about one hour with a sensible reserve.
– Low blade inertia requires greater vigilence and faster reaction in the (incredibly rare) event of engine failure.
– Weight limits effectively prevent persons over 16 stone from flying this type.
– More stable type means that its quicker to learn on.
– Greater versatility when determining fuel versus passenger weights. Up to 3 passengers.
– Faster helicopter – 120 knots.
– Greater range – full tanks will get you about 2 hours 10 minutes’ flight time plus a sensible reserve.
– Higher Blade inertia gives slower RPM decay in the (incredibly rare) event of an engine failure, allowing for a slower pilot response.
– Hydraulic assist on controls make flying more relaxing.
– Suitable for students over 16 stone.
– Higher hourly cost, currently £420 – £430 per hour.
– Larger helicopter requires larger hangars and landing sites.
– Considerable physical strength required to overcome a hydraulic failure.
– Higher inertia head means slower RPM recovery in an overpitched situation.
– Tail sticks out further!
Regardless of which type you learn on, you will only need a 5 hour type rating course plus a test to add the other type to your licence. The transition between the two Robinson types is very straight forward. The instrument panels and control layout are very similar, so there is a familiar feel as soon as you sit in the other type.
If you would like to discuss your decision in greater detail, please contact us. Even better, come and have a lesson in each before you decide. It may be your decision, but we will do everything we can to help you decide!