The Robinson R44 helicopter has been the world’s best-selling general aviation helicopter every year since 1999. Having the necessary flight time and training in the R44 helicopter to act as PIC will open doors to many more exciting flying opportunities for private and career pilots. The Federal Aviation Authority requires that rated helicopter pilots (who may have trained in other types) gain at least 10 hours dual instruction in the R44 in order to act as pilot in command (5 hours for those who have R22 time).
Additionally flight instructors who wish to give instruction in the R44 must have at least 50 hours in Robinson helicopters (25 minimum in the R44) and a check flight with a FAA designated pilot examiner.
Some insurance companies may have additional requirements.