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Robinson R44

Robinson R44


The Robinson R44 is a light helicopter with four seats. It has been produced by Robinson Helicopter Company since 1992. The R44 is based on the Robinson R22, a two-seat helicopter. The R44 has hydraulically assisted flight control.

It first flew in 1990 and received its US certification in December 1992. Since 1999, the R44 has been the best-selling helicopter for General Aviation. It is also one of the most produced aircraft with almost 6000 deliveries from 2001 to 2020.

Brand Robinson
Type R44
Pilots 1
Passengers 3
Maximum Take Off Weight 1134 kg
Empty weight 683 kg
Payload 451 kg
Cruising speed 109 knots (202 km/h)
Maximum Speed 130 knots (241 km/h)
Maximum distance 560 km
Fuel consumption 57 l/hour
Fuel Capacity 190 liter
Maximum altitude 14000 feet (4267 m)
ICAO code H1P

These specifications are intended to give you an idea of the Robinson R44. They cannot be used for flight preparation. Often there are many different types of aircraft released with varying specifications and prices. Check the Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) if you want to know the exact values of the aircraft you are going to fly. Your flight instructor will be happy to help you with this.

Frequently asked questions about the Robinson R44

How fast does a Robinson R44 fly?

An Robinson R44 is normally flying at about 202 km/h (109 knots), which is its cruising speed. It can fly a bit faster, but never more than 241 km/h (130 knots).

How far can a Robinson R44 fly?

The range is about 560 kilometres. The distance also depends on how fast you fly and whether there is much wind. A possible diversion to another airport is also taken into account.

How much does a Robinson R44 consume?

Without wind, the Robinson R44 consumes about 28 litres per 100 km, which is about 1 in 3.5. The consumption depends on how fast you fly. Usually the consumption is indicated at the cruising speed. For this aircraft it is on average about 202 km/hr with a consumption of about 57 litres per hour.

How much does a Robinson R44 weigh?

Empty the aircraft weighs about 683 kg. Including fuel, passengers and baggage, the aircraft must not weigh more than 1,134 kg. The maximum amount of fuel, passengers and baggage that can be carried is 451 kg.

Flying in a Robinson R44

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About Eveline van den Boom

The author of this article is Eveline van den Boom. In 2006, she received her first flying lesson as a birthday present; a beautiful flight over Rotterdam. That tasted like more!

In 2010, she got her PPL licence in Lelystad. In 2011, an aircraft was purchased: an Aero AT-3. This aircraft is still flying in the fleet with callsign PH-EVB.

She wrote the theory books "Theory of Flying" and "Theory helicopter flying". These can be ordered with your flying lesson and are also separately for sale on

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