Robinson R44 Charter Flight

General Information & History

The Robinson R44 is a four-seat light helicopter produced by the Robinson Helicopter Company since 1992. Based on the company's two-place Robinson R22, the R44 features hydraulically-assisted flight controls. The R44 was first flown on 31 March 1990, and received FAA certification in December 1992, with the first delivery in February 1993.

The R44 is a single-engined helicopter with a semi-rigid two-bladed main rotor and a two-bladed tail rotor and a skid landing gear. It has an enclosed cabin with two rows of side-by-side seating for a pilot and three passengers. Tail rotor direction of rotation on the R44 is reversed compared to the R22 for improved yaw control authority. On the R44 the advancing blade is on the bottom.

Designed during the 1980s by Frank Robinson and his staff of engineers, the R44 first flew on March 31, 1990. The R44 Astro was awarded an FAA Type Certificate in December 1992, with the first deliveries taking place in January 1993. In January 2000, Robinson introduced the Raven with hydraulically-assisted controls and adjustable pedals. In July 2002, Robinson introduced the Raven II featuring a more powerful, fuel-injected engine and wider blades, allowing a higher gross weight and improved altitude performance.

In 1997, a Robinson R44 was piloted by Jennifer Murray for the first helicopter circumnavigation of the world by a woman, covering a distance of 36,000 miles in 97 days. Chilean president Sebastián Piñera owns one of these choppers, and has made several public appearances flying it. Since 2002, Belgian Prince Philippe has flown a red R44 for personal leisure, with the unique registry code "OO-PFB", which stands for "Prins Filip België".[1] British singer Jay Kay also owns an R44 (registry code G-JKAY), which he pilots in the music video to the song White Knuckle Ride.

Scenic Day Flight

Thrilling, Adventurous Helicopter Experience

Climb aboard the Robinson R44 helicopter, for the thrill of your Life!  Experience the thrill of hovering and an unforgettable flight over Johannesburg CBD or a romantic scenic flight over Klipriver, south of Johannesburg.  Nothing else comes close to the magic of vertical flight! The unique feeling of lifting vertically, is an experience of a lifetime which you may never forget!  Take your seat as the pilot climbs gracefully and accelerates to about 200km/h.  Then swooping over landscapes, and a while later settling gently back to earth.  See the city from a new perspective, a memory of a special day which will last a lifetime!

Note: All flights must be booked at least one week in advance.

The flight package includes:

Price on application.

Contact Classique Aviation 011 827 4155 / 082 257 3739 for enquiries and bookings.