Bell's successes and failures, R66 hooks, and US Kopters
The FAA has approved a cargo hook installation as an option on the Robinson R66. The hook carries external loads up to 1,200 lb, and when it is installed the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2,700lb to 2,900lb. The installation includes an Onboard Systems’ hook, controls that enable solo flight from either left or right front seat, a left seat hydraulic switch, and a left seat start button. A load weight gauge and a second set of engine power gauges (torque and gas temperature) are set in the left door sill, enabling the pilot to monitor engine operations while watching the external load. Provisions for remote control of external equipment such as a long line hook or a water-dropping bucket are also included.
Robinson is now accepting orders for cargo hook installations on new R66s at a recommended price of $28,000. robinsonheli.com
R66 cargo hook carries up to 1,200 lb and can be operated from left or right front seat