Well personally I have to agree...I am not a fan of the r22 or r44 but they see to do the job with no failures that I can attest to, any of the larger copters get very expensive, very fast... in san diego I know of a few teams that use www.corporatehelicopters.com
^^^ what he said---
sorry pab didnt see your post
Only because there are more of them flying.
FAA Issues Special Info For Hot Weather Helo Pilots
Fuel Vapor A Potential Issue For Robinson Helicopters
[http://www.aero-news.net/#] The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) that alerts owners and operators of the potential for fuel vapor in high ambient temperatures and altitudes on Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC) Model R44 II helicopters.
There is a report of an unexplained engine power loss in a new Model R44 Raven II during its ferry flight from the factory. The power loss occurred in ambient conditions of approximately 100º F. Initially, fuel system vapor was the suspected cause, and RHC recommended restricting operations to temperatures below 105º F. Subsequent factory tests have shown satisfactory fuel system operation in ambient temperatures up to 115º F.
The FAA recommends that owners/operators of RHC helicopters be aware of the potential for fuel system vapor in high ambient temperatures. An intermittent or flickering auxiliary fuel pump warning light may be an early indication of vapor formation. If vapor formation is suspected, we recommend that you decrease altitude and/or discontinue operations until cooler conditions exist.
This is information only. FAA recommendations aren’t mandatory.
Isn't the R44 what Steve Kurtyka crashed in? I'm sure he can tell you guys how safe they are.... http://shop.race-dezert.com/products/rebound
I prefer not to make another DVD like this...
"The Rebound DVD is a benefit for the recovery fund for Steve Kurtyka. Ten producers put together a compilation of footage for this film.
On May 28th, 2005 an unfortunate incident occurred in Lucerne Valley, Ca. While video taping at the MORE Kartek 300 Off-Road race, a helicopter carrying Steve Kurtyka crashed. Fortunately all of the passengers survived the crash. This DVD is being created to help Steve with his recovery.
This incident has pulled the off-road community together, as shown by the overwhelming support by the various vendors who have donated prizes for raffles and people that have been donating to Steve’s recovery fund. We thank all the companies involved, and your help is much appreciated."