The Royal Jordanian Air Force is launching its training and light scout operations with its new Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters, ordered in October. The first four out of an order of eight were planned to be in the country before New Year, the second batch is destined to arrive in January or February 2015.
Jordan chose the relatively cheap and easy to fly R44 Raven II to replace its fleet of Hughes 500Ds. The latter have been in service since 1981. The new white R44s will be used for primary helicopter training at the King Hussein Air College in Mafraq, Jordan.
The RJAF Raven IIs are equipped with Garmin and Aspin “glass” avionics and the Bendix King’s military KTR909 UHF transceiver. Low maintenance and operating costs were apparently key in the purchase of Robinson machines, according to a brief statement by the Jordanian military.
Before the arrival of the new choppers, ten RJAF pilots already attended Robinson’s safety course, as well did a dozen Jordanian mechanics. This way both groups already had a chance to familiarize themselves with their new equipment.
Source: Robinson Helicopter Co.