ICE Helicopters   ·   Nov 16   ·   read

ICE Welcomes Two Brand-New R44 Cadets Into Its Fleet, Taking the Total to Three!

ELSTREE, Herts., November, 2021 – ICE Helicopters are thrilled to announce that we now have two new R44 Cadets in our training fleet.

G-ICET and G-DDAD are both equipped with the new Robinson cockpit camera, air conditioning, EMU as well as a partial glass cockpit with the new 2021 modernised instrument & warning panel design. These allow for an improved flight training experience for our students, self-fly hirers and instructors.

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.

Following the success of our first R44 Cadet purchase in 2020, the new R44 Cadets have already proved themselves popular among students and instructors alike – offering the benefits of the R44 platform at a lower price, and our new machines are already established as the most popular (and colourful) aircraft in the fleet.

Commenting on the choice of equipment fitted to our new R44 Cadets, Neil Day, Head of Training said:

“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 – it’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.”

Prices for dual training on the R44 Cadet are £475 + VAT per hour with a discount block rate of £450 + VAT available, allowing for one of the most cost effective R44 ratings in the South of England.

r44 helicopter cockpit view

About ICE Helicopters

ICE Helicopters operates from a self-contained office, training and hangar facility at Elstree Aerodrome (EGTR). Situated minutes from the M1 and M25, Elstree is the most convenient heliport for London, with optimal facilities for both training and commercial operators requiring FBO services for flights into Battersea.

With a growing fleet of helicopters ranging from the two seater R22 and Cabri G2,  up to the Turbine powered R66 and MD520, ICE Helicopters has the most diverse Ab-Initio training fleet in the UK and are the only school to offer a Fixed Price, all-inclusive Helicopter Licence.

Robinson Helicopter Company History

Robinson Helicopter Company was founded in 1973 by Frank Robinson, whose vision was to produce the world’s highest quality, most reliable helicopters in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible.

Today, the company’s top sellers are its R44 and R66 helicopters, respectively. Both models are offered in a variety of configurations including float, news and police versions. The most recent addition to Robinson’s line is the R44 Cadet, a two-place R44 specifically designed for the training market.

To date, Robinson Helicopter Company has delivered over 12,000 helicopters worldwide.