OUR HELICOPTER: ROBINSON R44
We selected the Robinson R44 for its sensitivity to flight control inputs, which facilitates the honing of skills needed for long line operations. In addition, the R44 permits easy access to line and hook, which both makes it more efficient and allows for quick transitions between exercises, eliminating downtime that could be used for training. Economically, the R44 allows for a pilot to receive the hours required and the repetition necessary to build a solid skill set that would not be obtainable in a larger, more expensive helicopter. Finally, the R44 is small and agile enough to gain a full view of the surroundings, line, and ground crew, which serves to enhance the learning experience.
Many Pilots who attend the course have never flown a Robinson Helicopter. That’s not an issue, our Instructor Pilots will take you through the necessary briefings and training prior to the course to allow you to pilot the R44. The training you receive in the R44 will translate to whatever helicopter you will fly on the job. Flying the long line will be just as frustrating and hard to fly in any type of helicopter!