Prabhu Helicopter Pvt Ltd, only Robinson operator of the country has brought two brand new Turbine Robinson R66 helicopter, designed and built by Robinson Helicopter Company in CA, USA for commercial operations, a statement issued by the company said today.
According to the officials from Prabhu Helicopter, the aircraft cargo has already arrived Birgunj customs and is expected to reach its base at Pokhara Airport within a couple of days via roadways. The choppers were dispatched couple of months earlier from USA by seaways and was later transported to Nepal via roadway. The aircraft’s parts including fuselage, tail-boom was dismantled into a container.
The assembling work of the newly bought chopper will be carried out at Prabhu’s Hangar in Pokhara Airport by next week with the Prabhu Engineering team, noted officials, adding that the company will conduct its test flight after the accomplishing the assembling work of the chopper. The Company had already been working on the required paper works of CAAN for the allocation of Nepalese registration number to the chopper.
The company is also planning to provide its service from Kathmandu base in the near and popular destinations for tourist and also conduct medical evacuations. After the addition of two brand new R66, Prabhu features with five helicopters in its fleet; one R44 and four R66s.
The R66 Turbine helicopter is the new version R66 which consists of fully integrated glass flight deck and Garmin GDU 1060 TXi PFD/MFD which provides flight information and safety. The five-seated Robinson R66 chopper features with a two-bladed rotor system, T-bar cyclic and the latest in Robinson technology including streamlined instrument panels, energy absorbing seats and crashworthy bladder fuel tanks. The chopper is driven by a pair of Rolls Royce RR300 turbo-shaft engine. The RR300 engine operates on readily available Jet A fuel and offers increased reserve power, additional payload and improved altitude performance. Hydraulic controls eliminate feedback forces and provide responsive handling.