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Based at John Wayne Airport (KSNA) in California, and offering helicopter and fixed-wing instruction, Revolution Aviation (EatSleepFly) will be offering helicopter instruction in the new, French-built Guimbal Cabri G2. Having observed positive results around the world, Revolution has committed to diversify its flight by being the first operator in California to take delivery of the two-seater helicopter in mid-2017.
To date, Revolution’s helicopter fleet has comprised of Robinson Helicopter models, which has pigeonholed student pilots’ flight experiences, especially during initial training. The Cabri G2 will offer pilots the opportunity to fly a semi-articulated helicopter, use a center cyclic and a fenestron tail rotor.
“The Cabri helicopter does not have the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] SFAR 73 [Special Federal Aviation Regulation] and pilot-in-command limitations that the Robinson R22 does,” said chief pilot Mark Robinson. “Its operation is more similar to Airbus and Bell helicopter models, and is quieter to operate – an excellent feature for a helicopter operating in the noise-sensitive area of the Los Angeles basin. It will be a wonderful addition to our fleet that will give clients the opportunity to become familiar with different operating systems at an economic price.”
Revolution Aviation currently has over 25 classes scheduled for the new Cabri.