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Mauna Loa Helicopters flies Robinson helicopters, the most popular rotorcraft in the world. The four seat model R44 is the most popular helicoptor in production today, and the two seat model R22 has the lowest acquisition and operating costs of any production helicoptor. Wherever you fly in the world, chances are that you will spend some time in a rotorcraft built by Robinson Helicopter Company, just a few of the reasons that we believe Robinson is the best helicopter for your training.

Robinson R-22

Excellent performance, great reliability, and robust construction make the two-seat R-22 ideal for flight training. More than 3,600 R-22 helicopters have been delivered to more than 60 countries. The R-22 holds major performance records in its weight class including speed and distance. Mauna Loa Helicopters flies the Beta II version of this aircraft exclusively. The Beta II’s clean aerodynamic design allows a top speed of over 100mph and a miserly fuel burn of about nine gallons per hour.

No other helicopter in its class can match its speed, reliability and low operating costs. Robinson’s commitment to high quality in design, materials and craftsmanship make the R-22 an obvious candidate for best helicopter for flight training and other applications that require performance, dependability, efficiency and easy maintenance.

Robinson R-44

Mauna Loa Helicopters uses the Robinson R-44 Raven II exclusively, a terrific aircraft equipped with a fuel-injected, angle-valve, tuned-induction, IO-540 Lycoming engine which produces good power, speed, altitude performance and useful load.  The Raven II is also quieter than its predecessor, the Raven I.

The engine is de-rated to 245 HP for 5 minutes and 205 HP maximum continuous rating to assure a longer life and lower cost of maintenance. Main rotor blades have greater effective lifting area which reduces vibration.

Main and tail blades have new aerodynamic tip caps which reduce the 500-foot flyover noise level despite the higher gross weight.  A standard 28-volt electrical system ensures good starting performance and provides additional electrical power for optional equipment.

Robinson R-66

The Robinson R-66 Helicopter is used for the turbine training at Mauna Loa Helicopters.  It is a 5 place efficient light turbine helicopter with 300hp rolls royce engine.  The R66 has the versatility and performance to reach the highest mountains Hawaii has to offer; Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea at nearly 14,000’MSL.    It combines the easy flight characteristics of the Robinson R-44 with the performance of a much larger helicopter. The R66 features five seats and a separate cargo hold which is capable of carrying up to three hundred pounds.  It is slightly faster and smoother than the R44 from which it was derived.

The R66 was announced in 2007 by Robinson Helicopters.  Since they began taking orders in 2010, the R66 has outsold all other light single turbine helicopters combined by a ratio of nearly five to one.  Seventy percent of the helicopters are sold overseas where its primary competitors are Bell and Eurocopter.

Diamond DA-40

The Diamond DA40 is an advanced composite 4 place airplane that is used for training and transportation.  A highly efficient & robust design with the advanced Garmin 1000 glass cockpit.  The advanced avionics help prepare the student from the beginning to transition to more complex turbine and jet aircraft.  The DA-40 is the choice of the USAF Academy and a highly sought after training aircraft.  It uses the lycoming 0360 engine.

The Diamond DA40 is an exceptionally safe aircraft. It has the lowest accident rate of any model in general U.S. aviation with only one eighth of the accidents per flight hour of the general fleet average.

Cessna 172

The Cessna 172 is the standard airplane trainer that is most common in the USA.  It is a stable high-wing four seat single engine airplane that is easy to learn on.  The Cessna 172 uses the same lycoming engine as the DA40.   The most popularly produced aircraft in the world with over 7,000 more Cessnas than their nearest competitor.  If you’ve seen a small plane used in a movie, it was probably this one.

With the incredible staying power of the product line, it’s only fitting that the Cessna 172 still holds the world record for flight endurance with the longest manned flight, set by Robert Timm and John Cook in 1958-1959, who stayed in the air for over two months.

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