Wire strike protection for R66 helicopters

Robinson Helicopter Company has added wire strike protection provisions to its R66 options list. Available only on R66 helicopters, the provisions are FAA-certified and allow for easy, bolt-on installation of Magellan’s Wire Strike Protection System (WSPS) sold separately by Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Magellan's R66 Wire Strike Protection System adds 16 pounds to the empty weight of the helicopter. Robinson Photo
Magellan’s R66 Wire Strike Protection System adds 16 pounds to the empty weight of the helicopter. Robinson Photo

Robinson provisions add seven pounds to the empty weight of the helicopter and include reinforcement and attach points on the windshield bow, roof, and chin, with low-profile deflectors near the ground handling ball and forward landing gear struts.

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Magellan’s R66 WSPS, complete with wire deflectors and cutting blades, adds 16 pounds to the empty weight of the helicopter. The system is available as a kit compatible with Robinson factory-installed provisions for $16,000 or as a complete aftermarket kit with field-installable provisions for $22,800.

The complete wire strike prevention system will be on display at this year’s Heli-Expo — Feb. 26 to March 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Founded in 1973, Robinson Helicopter Company is the world’s leading manufacturer of civil helicopters.

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