R66 Turbine Newscopter

The four-place R66 Turbine Newscopter is an economical, turn-key ready aerial platform featuring the latest in ENG (electronic news gathering) technology. The standard R66 ENG package includes a gyro stabilized gimbal that houses an Ikegami HDL-F3000 camera equipped with Canon’s 24 to 1 HD lens. Also included are three HD micro cameras; two in the cabin for recording passengers, and a third mounted on the tail. Seven-inch monitors on both sides of the front console display crisp HD images. Geneva digital audio controllers beneath each monitor allow for independent monitoring and transmitting. In the aft compartment, camera images display on a 10-inch HD monitor with controls located in the center console and laptop console. Other features include video switcher, digital video recorder with OLED display, three FM two-way radios, Nucomm ChannelMaster Lite microwave digital transmitter, Peak 13.5 dB directional microwave pod and TV tuner provisions.

Optional Equipment

• Larger gimbal with Canon’s 40 to 1 lens
• GPS position data modem
• Multi-band scanner
• AM/FM receiver
• Provisions for a second TV tuner with aft monitor

Specifications & Dimensions

R66 NewscopterSpecification
EngineRolls Royce RR300 turbine
Horsepower300 shp turboshaft; derated to 270 shp for takeoff and 224 shp continuous
Maximum Gross Weight2700 lb (1225 kg)
Approximate Empty Weight
(including oil, avionics and standard ENG package)
1430 lb (649 kg)
Fuel Capacity (73.6 gal)493 lb (224 kg)
Pilot, Passengers and Cargo with Standard Fuel777 lb (352 kg)
Cruise Speed at Maximum Gross Weightup to 110 kts (127 mph)
Hover Ceiling IGE at Max. Gross Weightover 10,000 ft
Hover Ceiling OGE at Max. Gross Weightover 10,000 ft
Rate of Climbover 1000 fpm
Maximum Operating Altitude14,000 ft
Electrical System28 volt
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