A lightweight, agile touring and utility model, the Robinson R44 is a single-engine helicopter with a two-bladed main rotor. It’s much smaller than a typical touring helicopter, offering seating only for the pilot and 3 passengers in two rows. First developed in the early 1990s, this model is still in production today and is primarily used by civilian operators.
It’s smaller and a little bit slower than some other touring helicopter options, reaching cruising speeds of 130 miles per hour. This doesn’t often become a problem on touring excursions, however, as pilots will typically slow down for photographs or narration opportunities. The small size can also be an asset when it comes to maneuverability and smooth handling.
Without any significant noise-minimizing technology, the Robinson R44 may also be a bit on the noisier side as far as commercial helicopters go. Communication between passengers and the pilot are conducted via intercom to compensate for the noise.
The best feature of the Robinson R44 is the fact that due to its smaller size, every seat is a window seat. This makes picture taking more convenient, with great views for every passenger.