Phoenix Helicopters' Aircraft
Updated: Nov 6, 2019
Phoenix currently have three different types of aircraft which we use for our gift experiences. Each one differs in model, style and look so read on below for a guide on which one is best suited to you.
Robinson R22 – Used for Trial Lessons only
The Robinson R22 is a two-bladed, single-engine light utility helicopter manufactured by Robinson Helicopter Company. The two-seat R22 was designed in 1973 by Frank Robinson and has been in production since 1979.
This aircraft is currently the most popular for training purposes due to the small size and hence low cost. The well-known saying is that “if you can fly an R22, you can fly anything”.
This aircraft instead of using the more traditional floor mounted cyclic between the knees, opts for a unique design with a teetering “T-bar” control. This is connected by a bar situated between the seats, thus allowing easier access in and out of the aircraft.
Guimbal Cabri G2 – Used for Trial Lessons only
The Guimbal Cabri G2 is a two-seat light helicopter produced by Hélicoptères Guimbal. It was designed by Bruno Guimbal, a former Eurocopter engineer. Following the granting of regulatory approval, the Cabri entered commercial service in 2008.
Different to the R22, the Cabri G2 has a three-bladed fully articulated main rotor and a Fenestron-type tail rotor (shrouded tail rotor). As with most French-designed helicopters, the main rotor blades advance to the left whereas in a Robinson R22 & R44 they advance to the right.
Similar to the R22, the Cabri G2 is preferred by those in training and even has the potential to overtake the R22 in favourability due to its newer and higher tech specifications including a glass cockpit with digital instrumentation. Unlike the R22 this aircraft has the more traditional style controls utilising a floor mounted cyclic.
Robinson R44 – Used for Trial Lessons and Pleasure Flights
The Robinson R44 is a four-seat light helicopter produced by Robinson Helicopter Company since 1992. Based on the company's two-seat Robinson R22, the R44 features hydraulically assisted flight controls and is the most-produced GA aircraft of the 21st century.
The R44 is a single-engine, two bladed helicopter which has an enclosed cabin with two rows of side-by-side seating for a pilot and three passengers, making it ideal for helicopter sightseeing tours.
The controls and cockpit of this aircraft are the same as its smaller brother, choosing to utilise the teetering “T-bar” for the cyclic. Another favourite to train in owing to an increase in stability and control, but not as popular due to the increase in running costs and expense.
Hopefully this has helped you decide which aircraft you would prefer to fly in, however if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team on 01243 790900.
We look forward to seeing you soon.