Robinson R22 Beta II
Universal Helicopters utilizes Robinson R22 Beta II helicopters for primary flight training. Superior perfomance, outstanding reliability, and exceptional value have made the two seat R22 the world’s most popular training helicopter for nearly two decades. Also, around 4,500 R22 helicopters have been delivered to 60 countries around the globe. The R22 holds every performance record in its weight class including speed, altitude and distance. Standard features include an RPM governor, rotor brake, and voice activated intercom. The helicopter’s clean aerodynamic design allows a high cruise speed up to 110 mph and an average fuel consumption of only 7-10 gallons per hour. Additionally, the Robinson R22 BII are powered by the dependable Lycoming O-360 engine.
The R22 is a classic example of design excellence. No other helicopter in its class can match its speed, reliability, affordable price, and low operating costs. The R22 has fewer accidents due to aircraft or engine failure than other helicopters. And, Robinson’s commitment to the highest quality in design, materials, and craftsmanship make it the enduring choice for flight training.
UHI’s helicopters are immaculately maintained, well equipped and kept in first class condition. All our helicopters have dual communication radios, Garmin GPS Satellite Receivers and are painted in the unique Universal Helicopters blue, yellow and white colors. We operate a fleet of 27 R22’s and carry out our own maintenance locally at each school location and all overhauls are carried out at our Camarillo overhaul facility.
Robinson R44 Raven II
Universal Helicopters utilizes Robinson R44 Raven I & II helicopters for commercial, instrument and flight instructor training of which Robinson has to date produced over 5000. The R44 Raven is an outstanding four seat, 130 mph, 12-18 gallons per hour, hydraulic power controls helicopter, delivering the performance of a much more expensive turbine helicopter. We use IFR certified Garmin 430W’s for GPS Departure, En Route and Instrument Approach Procedures. These receivers are equipped with WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) enabling us to teach GPS Instrument Approach Procedures with Vertical Navigation (APV). The R44 is a fast and comfortable cross country helicopter powered by the reliable Lycoming O or IO 540 6 cylinder engine.
UHI’s helicopters are immaculately maintained, well equipped and kept in first class condition. All our helicopters have dual communication radios, Garmin GPS Satellite Receivers and are painted in the unique Universal Helicopters blue, yellow and white colors. We operate a fleet of 18 R44’s of which all but 2 are configured as Instrument Trainers. We carry out our own maintenance locally at each school location and all overhauls are carried out at our Camarillo overhaul facility.”
We are part way through the process of converting the Instrument Trainers from conventional flight instruments to Garmin G500H Glass cockpits with “ADS-B Out and In” capability. Three R44’s are also equipped for Night Vision Goggle work.
Robinson R66 Turbine
Universal Helicopters utilizes the Robinson R66 for turbine conversion courses. Training can be taken either as part of the Commercial Course, or as a stand-alone Part 141 approved turbine conversion course. The R66 was introduced in 2010 and as of mid 2014 there are over 500 operating in more than 30 countries around the world.
Like the R22 and R44, the R66 is a two bladed semi-rigid rotor system burning some 21 gallons/hour of Jet A1 fuel with a capacity of 75 gallons. The engine is a Rolls Royce RR300, the helicopter seats 5 and has a cruise speed of up to 125 knots.
Bell 206 BIII JetRanger
The Bell 206 is a family of two bladed, single-engine helicopters originally introduced to the commercial market place in 1967 as the Bell 206A. The 206B III JetRanger was introduced in 1977 with a modified tail rotor and more powerful Allison 250 C20 engine and became the mainstay single engine turbine helicopter around the world for over 20 years. Like the R22, R44 and R66, the Bell 206 is a two bladed semi-rigid rotor system. It seats 5 with a cruise speed of up to 110 knots burning 28 gallons per hour of Jet A1.
The single bladder tank has a capacity of 91 gallons. Over 7300 Bell 206 helicopters were manufactured and production of new 206B III helicopters stopped in 2010. Universal Helicopters uses the Bell 206B III for turbine transitions and turbine training. Training can be taken either as part of the Commercial Course or as a stand-alone Part 141 course.