The two-seat R44 Cadet is a versatile helicopter ideally suited for flight schools and operators that want the economy of a small helicopter without sacrificing the power and performance of a large helicopter.

The Cadet has the same airframe, rotor system and Lycoming O-540 engine as the proven R44 Raven I. The differences are the Cadet’s aft compartment has been reconfigured for cargo, the maximum gross weight is reduced to 2200 lb and the engine power is derated to 210 take-off and 185 continuous. The lower weight and derated power provide increased performance margins at high altitudes and lengthen the time between overhaul to 2400 hours.

Cadets feature the latest in Robinson technology including streamlined instrument panels and crashworthy bladder fuel tanks.

Specifications & Dimensions

HelicopterR44 CadetR44 Cadet with Fixed Floats
EngineLycoming O-540, six cylinder, carburetedLycoming O-540, six cylinder, carbureted
HorsepowerDerated to 210 for takeoff & 185 continuousDerated to 210 for takeoff & 185 continuous
Maximum Gross Weight2200 lb (998 kg)2200 lb (998 kg)
Approximate Empty Weight (including oil & standard avionics)1437 lb (652 kg)1487 lb (674 kg)
Standard Fuel (29.5 gal)177 lb (80 kg)177 lb (80 kg)
Auxiliary Fuel (17.0 gal)102 lb (46 kg)102 lb (46 kg)
Pilot, Passenger, and Baggage (with maximum fuel)484 lb (220 kg)434 lb (197 kg)
Cruise Speed at Maximum Gross Weightup to 107 kts (198 km/h)up to 100 kts (185 km/h)
Maximum Range (no reserve)approx 300 nm (550 km)approx 300 nm (550 km)
Hover Ceiling IGE at Maximum Gross Weight 8750 ft @ 2200 lb8750 ft @ 2200 lb
Hover Ceiling OGE at Maximum Gross Weight5250 ft @ 2200 lb5250 ft @ 2200 lb
Rate of Climbover 1000 fpmover 1000 fpm
Maximum Operating Altitude14,000 ft14,000 ft
Electrical System28 volt28 volt
r44 cadet dimensions

Equipment & Accessories

  • Eight-hole instrument panel
  • Air conditioning – Detail
  • Leather seats – Detail
  • Impact-resistant windshields – Detail
  • Engine priming system
  • Observation Bubble Window (front doors only)
  • Heated pitot tube – Detail
  • Metallized upper sheave (replaces standard sheave) – Detail
  • Extra corrosion protection (included with utility floats)
  • Five-point shoulder harness system – Detail
  • Red LED forward strobe
  • White LED forward strobe
  • External power receptacle – Detail
  • Second hourmeter, oil-pressure-activated – Detail
  • Six-hole instrument panel
  • Fabric velour seats – Detail
  • Hydraulic power controls
  • RPM throttle governor
  • Throttle correlator
  • Carburetor heat assist
  • Main and auxiliary crashworthy fuel bladder tanks
  • Removable dual controls – Detail
  • Engine oil filter and quick drain
  • Engine muffler
  • Cabin heater and defogger
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Rotor brake – Detail
  • Intercom switches – Detail
  • Avionics master switch – Detail
  • Tinted windows – Detail
  • Door opener, gas spring, all four doors
  • 3-point shoulder harnesses – Detail
  • Pilot-side adjustable pedals – Detail
  • Door locks
  • Sound damping headliner
  • Underseat storage – Detail
  • Belly hardpoint
  • LED anti-collision and navigation lights
  • Dual HID landing lights – Detail
  • LED panel and map lights
  • Tow cart adapter
  • Ground handling wheels – Detail
  • Rotor blade tie downs – Detail
  • Windshield cover
  • Travel bag – Detail
  • Upper sheave – Detail
  • GPS Fleet Tracking Spidertracks S6 – Detail
  • David Clark H10-13H (custom cord) – Detail
  • Bose A20 headset with Bluetooth – Detail
  • 6-pin jack for Bose headset (headset not included) – Detail
  • Aft seat dual USB charge ports – Detail
  • Accessories support bar with power plug and dual USB ports (pilot side) – Detail
  • Accessories support bar with power plug and dual USB ports (left side) – Detail
  • Garmin Flightstream 510 card (exchange for standard database card) – Detail
  • Copilot extended pedals – Detail
  • Leather seat back booster cushion – Detail
  • Velour seat back booster cushion – Detail
  • Bracket for fire extinguisher – Detail
  • Fire extinguisher (fly away delivery only)- Detail
  • MT950-2 universal tow cart – Detail
  • MT950-3 universal tow cart rear lift kit (required for Clippers with utility floats, Newscopters, and Police Helicopters) – Detail
  • MT570-1 blade tie-down installation tool – Detail
  • Forward cabin cover including all windows (replaces windshield cover)


  • Garmin GDU 700L TXi – Detail
  • Garmin GDU 1060 TXi – Detail
  • Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology Card – Detail
  • Chart View Enablement Cards (G500H and GTN650/750) – Detail
  • Metric PFD Enablement
  • SAS/Autopilot Genesys HeliSAS requires Garmin GDU or Aspen PFD – Detail
  • PFD, Aspen Avionics EFD1000H Pilot (with slaved D.G.) – Detail
  • PFD, Aspen Avionics EFD1000H Pro with HSI (requires GPS) – Detail
  • Garmin GI-106B – Detail
  • Artificial Horizon, LCD, Kelly Mfg RCA2600-3 with Slip Skid – Detail
  • Artificial Horizon, LCD, Kelly Mfg RCA2600-3 with Slip Skid, windshield mount – Detail
  • Artificial Horizon, Mid-Continent 4300 with Slip Skid (mechanical gyro) – Detail
  • Directional Gyro Mid-Continent 3300 (mechanical gyro) – Detail
  • Turn Coordinator (mechanical gyro) – Detail
  • Vertical Compass, PAI-700 (replaces standard compass) – Detail
  • Digital chronometer, Davitron 800 (replaces standard clock) – Detail
  • IVSI – Instantaneous Vertical Speed Indicator (replaces standard VSI) – Detail
  • Millibar Altimeter – Detail
  • Meter Altimeter – Detail
  • Airspeed indicator
  • Altimeter – Detail
  • Rotor/engine dual tachometer – Detail
  • Manifold pressure gage – Detail
  • Vertical speed indicator – Detail
  • Magnetic compass – Detail
  • Gage panel (cyl. hd. temp., oil temp. & press., fuel quantity) – Detail
  • Ammeter – Detail
  • Carburetor temperature gage – Detail
  • Digital OAT gage/voltmeter – Detail
  • Hourmeter – Detail
  • Quartz clock – Detail


Standard panel with no options

Options shown: Garmin GDU 1060 TXi display system, Garmin GTN 750, artificial horizon, digital chronometer, Garmin GMA 350Hc audio controller, Garmin GTX 345 transponder, right and left side accessory bars, and fire extinguisher.

Standard Avionics

Stereo Intercom System, Single COM Audio Panel

Stereo Intercom System, Single COM Audio Panel

Garmin GTR 225B COM Radio

Garmin GTR 225

Garmin GTX 335 Transponder w ADS-B Out

Garmin GTX 335 Transponder

Optional Avionics

Garmin GMA 350Hc Audio Panel

Garmin GMA 350Hc Audio Panel

Garmin GTN 635 GPS/COM

Garmin GTN 635 GPS/COM

Garmin GTN 650 GPS/COM/NAV

Garmin GTN 650 GPS

Garmin GTN 750 GPS/COM/NAV

Garmin GTN 750 GPS/COM/NAV

Avidyne IFD 410

Avidyne IFD 410

Avidyne IFD 440

Avidyne IFD 440

Garmin GTX 345 Transponder with ADS-B Out/In

Garmin GTX 345 Transponder

Garmin GDL 69A XM Receiver (USA Only)

Garmin GDL 69A XM Receiver

FreeFlight RA4000 / RA4500 Radar Altimeter

FreeFllight RA4000/RA4500 Radar Altimeter

Kannad 406 Integra AF-406 MHz ELT

Kannad 406 Integra ELT

IFR Training

To prepare and qualify IFR pilots, the R44 Cadet can be equipped with the recommended instruments and avionics including Primary and Multi-Function Displays, GTN 650 or 750 navigators, Mode S transponders with ADS-B, and a digital chronometer as listed on the  Optional Avionics & Instruments Price List.*

*Although the R44 Cadet with IFR equipment is designed for instrument flight training, it is not approved for actual IFR operations. While student pilots are flying on instruments, the instructor must act as the safety pilot and operate only under VFR conditions.