R44 Newscopter

The R44 Raven II Newscopter is a fully integrated Electronic News Gathering (ENG) helicopter capable of transmitting, receiving, and recording live audio and video in High Definition (HD). The Newscopter’s ENG equipment is designed, tested, and FAA-approved to optimize work flow and provide an airborne, broadcast-quality studio. An aerodynamic nose-mounted, gyro-stabilized Ikegami HD digital camera system captures the news in striking detail and vivid color. Additional standard ENG gear includes in-cabin talent and tail-mounted micro cameras, video switcher, Geneva audio system, four color video monitors, and a complete microwave transmission package. The R44 Raven II Newscopter does the job for half the cost of larger turbine ENG helicopters. The Newscopter’s economical purchase price and low operating costs provide small TV stations access to state-of-the-art news gathering technology, and enable broadcasters in large media markets to field multiple ENG helicopters for more extensive coverage. A fully-fueled Newscopter provides up to three hours of flight endurance for continuous live news coverage.

Helicopter Bio


Raven II Newscopter
Lycoming IO-540, six cylinder, fuel injected
Derated to 245 for takeoff and 205 continuous
Maximum Gross Weight
2500 lb
Approximate Empty Weight (including oil & standard avionics)
1505 lb (683 kg)
Standard Fuel (29.5 gal)
177 lb (80 kg)
Auxiliary Fuel (17.0 gal)
102 lb (46 kg)
Pilot, Passengers, and Baggage (with maximum fuel)
648 lb
Cruise Speed at Maximum Gross Weight
Up to 109 kts (202 km/h)
Maximum Range (no reserve)
Approximately 300 nm (550 km)
Hover Ceiling IGE at Maximum Gross Weight
8950 ft @ 2500 lb
Hover Ceiling OGE at Maximum Gross Weight
7500 ft @ 2300 lb
Rate of Climb
Over 1000 fpm
Maximum Operating Altitude
14,000 ft
Electrical System
28 volt

Options & Standard Equipment

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Optional Equipment

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Optional Avionics

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Optional Instruments

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Optional Accessories

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Standard Equipment

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Standard Avionics


Standard Instruments

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Standard Accessories

Instrument Consoles


R44 Newscopter Dimensions Diagram