Elstree-based ICE Helicopters says it is now the largest operator of Robinson R44 Cadet helicopters in the country having received two new aircraft for its training fleet.
The two helicopters, G-ICET and G-DDAD, are equipped with the new Robinson in-cockpit camera, air conditioning, EMU as well as a partial glass cockpit with the new 2021 modernised instrument and warning panel design.
“These allow for an improved flight training experience for our students, self-fly hirers and instructors,” said a statement from ICE. “Both aircraft rolled off the production line at Robinson in California at the end of the summer and are now in regular use at ICE.”
Neil Day, Head of Training explained the appeal of the in-cockpit camera: “The new 4K cockpit camera is an excellent feature which gives students the ability to replay sections of their flight to really delve deeper during a debrief into manoeuvres or scenarios they want to analyse and improve on.
“Digital instrumentation, now more than ever, is becoming more prevalent in the light helicopter market. Itt’s key that our students have experience using this technology which is now becoming the norm in modern helicopters, especially for our career students who are progressing on to operate larger and more automated helicopters.
“I have been getting to know the Cadet for the last 12 months and think it really does do what it says on the tin, so to speak.
“It’s a very capable yet simple helicopter which is cost effective, we believe it represents the future of the helicopter flight training industry.”