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Hey guys just wanted to check in with anyone and see if there has ever been a cyclic mod to remove the t-bar in the r44. I know that there was one at one point for the r22 but i don't know if it was ever got a stc or not. Any help would be appreciated thanks!

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I have seen the R22 with this mod. It was developed by a company on the east coast. I don't believe that that many operators bought the STC. From what I heard, Frank basically said, if one of HIS helicopters has that mod on it, he would not support it. And this was back in the days that the only organization that could do 12yr/2200 hr inspections was RHC.

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I guess I just don't understand why anyone would want to make it harder to get in and out of their helicopter. I like the way you can slide into a Robinson without having to straddle the cyclic. Once seated does it really matter which way the stick goes from your hand grip? It still controls the moving parts the same way. I fly with both types of cyclic and do prefer the Robinson set up.

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Hey guys just wanted to check in with anyone and see if there has ever been a cyclic mod to remove the t-bar in the r44. I know that there was one at one point for the r22 but i don't know if it was ever got a stc or not. Any help would be appreciated thanks!

 

 

That mod never made it to the R44; however there was a Cyclic Grip mod for the R22 made by Altair Avionics (STC # SR9BO). The full text of the STC may detail what all was included. The mod has currently been discontinued.

 

Altair moved on to more successful products as a part of Pratt Whitney.

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These photos are perplexing in that someone would go through the time/expense of this needless modification, yet still be a cheap bastard and have the usual "American Instrument Panel" where they have the plastic inserts where the Direction Indicator and Artificial Horizon should have been.  It's as if Robinson should make a 5-hole panel for the US - it's always the same.  I don't know what this sh*t cost, but money would have been better spent on an instrument that they may find useful if they ever flew into a cloud.

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