VIDEOS: Flight International flies the Robinson R66

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Flight International helicopter test pilot Peter Gray (left in picture) got the goods on the new Rolls-Royce turboshaft-powered Robinson R66 on 5 January at Robinson’s home airport in Torrance, California.

After an air-to-air photography mission (with yours truly in shooting pix from the back seat of an R44), chief test pilot Doug Tompkins (right in picture) gave Peter a thorough checkout in the five-seat single, including a variety of autorotation, vortex ring state and maximum performance maneuover demonstrations.

I’ve split out the day-long introduction to the R66 into three vidoes, below. Stay tuned for Flight International’s full test flight by Peter Gray in the 1 March issue of the magazine.  


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