This is a two-seater utility helicopter mainly used for training but also if its just a small helicopter you're interested in, you could easily live with one. They are relatively cheap to buy and insure and the ownership and usage costs would be comparable with a Range Rover. They are very light machines with a low inertia rotor system and some people can find training difficult because off there twitchiness or oversensitivity but they do everything said on the tin at a reasonable price.
Key facts: Pilot plus one; Cruise Speed 108 mph; Endurance and Range 3 hours 15 minutes 360 miles
This is the big brother to the R22 and the second in the Robinson family. It’s about 40% bigger all-round and comes in several models with the later being the Raven 2. At Phoenix we have a mariner with fixed floats and capable of landing on water. The R44 has similar speed to the B206 although limited to only four people. Its about as big as you can get on a piston/petrol helicopter. Key facts: Pilots plus 3 passengers; Cruise Speed 130 mph; Endurance and Range 3 hours 15 minutes 400 miles
Once you have passed your PPL you may then add different aircraft types onto your licence. The required training for these types generally is five hours flight training, one written in house multiple choice exam followed by a flight test with a CAA examiner. At Phoenix we offer type ratings on the R22 and R44 in Spain .The type rating courses themselves are designed to simply be about the aircraft themselves and the equipment on the aircraft.
The test involves no navigation and normally last about 45 minutes to an hour.