I am surprised there are so many used R66S for sale already. They are awfully expensive though, and it does seem like a used 206 will be a better bet in the long run, as you don't have to throw it away after 12 years.
Currently, the next available delivery for a new R66 is January 2013.
I trust this answers your question....
This could mean demand is high, or they are making them very slowly!
EASA CS 27.695 a and b Certification Specifications for Small Rotorcraft only talk about either 'alternative means' and the need to have control in case of engine or component failure, or at least be manually operable.
So why all the BS about the single hydraulic system? I doubt having one extra place in the chopper as per FAA certification/POH is makes it different. Also, I don't see any differentiation between small helicopter with turbine and small helicopter with piston engine.
Edit: Took me few mins to find it. Those who fancy reading it. It's buried in the EASA website. CS-27
"We're very pleased with what's going on around the world," Robinson said. The airframer will soon introduce new versions of the R66 dedicated to law enforcement and news gathering, he said. The former is considered a gateway to offering the R66 for military roles. The helicopter could be offered to the US Army in several years to replace the Bell TH-67, a variant of the 206 that serves as a basic helicopter trainer, Robinson said.
"I would think that would be a good idea," he added.
You're kidding me??
As posted in R66 thread, the said valve design is taken from R44 AFAIK and the heli is controllable manually, as CS specs require. There must be more to the story. It'd be good if solved by the summer. I guess I can just dream on.
Hey guys I just took delivery of my new R66 wow is all I can say I have had a R44 ii for 2-5 yrs great thing but u do get sick of sitting on a milk crate for hours Last week end I flew the 66 Sydney to gold coast and back smooth cumfortable and roomy sat on 125-135 kts. Airspeed and smooth as. Used 80 ltr hr up and 81 lt hr home yea more than the 44 but going 20 per cent quicker And did I say more comfortable 2000 ft OGE hover 5 people 3/4 fuel no worries and flies same full or empty Also I now have my nov 2009 R44 470 hrs for sale with factory bladders and everything else u would need for sale cheap as I don't need two helis I also have another 66 coming this Xmas that I now don't need but that is another story Yes I think the 120 is a better looking Heli but doesn't perform full like this Cheers all
Anyone know if the R66 has a barrier filter option for the engine, or if one is planned. I see the intake is at the bottom of the mast, from operating R44 I know this is a place where dust settles. When are engine manufacturers going to put filters on from new, its seems like a bad joke. Make an incredibly expensive air guzzling fine tolerance, engine but don't give it any protection.
Be advised the inlet filter is a thin foam type filter, that slips over a cone shaped frame. Its not anything like an FDC Aerofilter or any of the other filter system. its a throw away....think you change it 100 or 200 hour intervals.