R66 Turbine Transition Course

Filling a void of training needed for the professionally minded pilot. This program is a basic knowledge acedemics. Curriculum can be tailored from a Basic acedemic to be specific make and model turbine transition, Single or Multiengine as listed under AircraftnSpecific.

AS/SA365N Series and A109 Series; 3 day acedemics and 5 hours flight training EC120, EC130; 2 day acedemics and 5 hours flight training.

Bell206, AS350, MD500, Robinson R22, R44 (with SFAR), Enstrom, Hu269/300. Other types available for flight training needs per customer request.


The Turbine Transition Course is taught in the Robinson R66 five seat turbine-powered helicopter. The objective is to gain familiarization in the R66 helicopter for pilots that either have no experience in turbine helicopters or no experience in the Robinson R66.


Hold at least a Private Pilot Rotorcraft-Helicopter certificate
Note: The Trainee is not required to have a current flight review or current SFAR 73 signoffs.
Hold at least a current third class medical certificate.

Ground Lesson Elements:

The subject areas below form the foundation of the ground training program, but the Trainee will also review knowledge areas required to give the Trainee a flight review, pursuant to 14 CFR 61.56.

  R66 systems and descriptions
  Powerplant and accessories
  Starting procedure
  Performance and limitations
  Normal and emergency procedures
  Pre and post-flight procedures
  Cockpit familiarization

Flight lesson Elements: 

  Basic maneuvers

- Straight and level
- Climbs, turns, descents
- Take-offs and approaches
- Rapid decelerations
- Hover
- Air taxi
- Autorotations

  Advanced maneuvers

- Advanced autorotations
- Hover autorotations
- Slopes
- Pinnacle operations
- Settling with power
- Hydraulics failure
- Shallow approach to running landing

  Enroute and off-airport operations

- Confined area operations
- Inadvertent IMC
- Unusual flight attitude recovery
- Emergency procedures

Schedule:  3 Days
Study Assignments

Private Pilot Helicopter PTS
Commercial Pilot Helicopter PTS
R66 Power point presentation

Completion Standards

The student should display proficiency in the listed maneuvers above and familiarization with the R66 Turbine helicopter during oral and practical examination.

R66 Turbine Helicopter

The Robinson R66 Turbine retains many of the design features of the R44, including a two-bladed rotor system, T-bar cyclic, and an open interior cabin configuration. Notable differences are the R66's increased reserve power, improved altitude performance, fifth seat, and large baggage compartment. Popular upgrades including HID landing lights, leather seats, and a stereo audio control panel are standard in the R66.

Engine Rolls-Royce RR300 300 shp turboshaft; derated to 270 shp for takeoff and 224 shp continuous
Maximum Gross Weight 2700 lb (1225 kg)
Approximate Empty Weight
(including oil & std avionics) 1280 lb (581 kg)
Fuel Capacity (73.6 gal) 493 lb (224 kg)
Pilot, Passengers and Baggage with Maximum Fuel 927 lb (420 kg)
Cruise Speed up to 125 kts (144 mph)
Maximum Range (no reserve) approx 350 nm (400 sm)
Hover Ceiling IGE at Maximum Gross Weight over 10,000 ft
Hover Ceiling OGE at Maximum Gross Weight over 10,000 ft
Rate of Climb over 1000 fpm
Maximum Operating Altitude 14,000 ft
Electrical System 28 volt