No Money Monday: Airland Studios Robinson R44

January 29, 2023

The Robinson R44 is a four-seat, light helicopter produced by the Robinson Helicopter Company. It was introduced in 1993 and is known for its affordability, reliability, and easy maintenance. The R44 is equipped with a Lycoming IO-540 engine and has a maximum cruise speed of around 130 mph. It has been widely used for personal, training, and light commercial purposes.

The Robinson brand has been a popular choice with sim addon developers over the years with both the R22 and R44 well represented in earlier sims. In more modern sims we have seen even better re-creations of Robinson rotorcraft come alive such as the Turbine powered R66 and the many variants of the R44.

The latest variation of Robinson Helicopter for MSFS has come in the form of a freeware R44 Raven 2. The rotorcraft has been designed and brought to MSFS in a joint effort by Airland Studios, HCG and the RotorSimPilot Community. The model is built around the original RotorSimPilot model, with his permission it has been overhauled and brought to MSFS specification in stunning detail. 

The exterior and interior modelling seen with this R44 is stunning and something one would expect from a payware model. For a freeware community project, this far exceeds all expectations. The R44 also handles brilliantly creating an authentic and immersion rich feel while flying the craft. I have thoroughly enjoyed testing it and flying it about in MSFS over the last few weeks, and I can't recommend this enough to those who enjoy flying rotorcraft. 

You can grab the R44 over on for free!

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