SFAR73

Do you fly, or wish to fly Robinson helicopters?

In order for a student, pilot, or instructor to manipulate the controls of an R22 or R44 helicopter, he or she must first have received awareness training from an authorized flight instructor (CFI). The CFI is authorized by the FAA, and therefore able to issue the students or pilots an endorsement stating that he or she has received the proper awareness training regarding the R22 or R44.

In its current state issued August 2015, this SFAR still only applies to the R-22 and R-44, not the R-66 turbine.

Awareness Ground Training

  • Consists of energy management, mast bumping, low rotor RPM, low-G hazards, and rotor RPM decay.
  • Completion of the Robinson Pilot Safety Course will satisfy this awareness training.

For Students without Helicopter Rating

  • Before first flight: Awareness training and logbook endorsement.
  • Before logging PIC time: 10 hours of dual instruction and a logbook endorsement (R-44 students can credit 5 hours of R-22 time).
  • Before your solo: 20 hours of dual instruction in that particular model and a logbook endorsement, good for 90 days, showing you’ve received training in enhanced autorotations, RPM control without the governor, low RPM and recovery, and effects of low-G & recovery.

For Pilots with Helicopter Rating

  • Awareness training and a logbook endorsement.
  • With less than 200 helicopter hours.
  • An endorsement and flight training in enhanced autorotations, RPM control without the governor, low RPM and recovery, and effects of low-G & recovery.
  • 10 hours of dual instruction in the R-22 for the R-22; R-44 pilots can credit 5 hours of R-22 time.
  • An annual flight review in the specific model you wish to fly (can’t count an R-22 flight review towards the R-44).
  • With greater than 200 helicopter hours, including at least 50 in the R-22 (for R-22) or 50 in the R-44 (for R-44, can credit 25 hours of R-22 time).
  • A biennial flight review in the specific model you wish to fly (can’t count an R-22 flight review towards the R-44).

For Instructors

  • Awareness training and a logbook endorsement.
  • At least 200 hours in helicopters, which include at least 50 in the R-22 (for the R-22) or 50 in the R-44 (for R-44, can credit 25 hours of R-22 time).
  • Complete the proper flight training outlined above.
  • An endorsement from a pilot examiner.

For the full text of SFAR 73, click here.

Further Study

Sample Sfar 73 Awareness Training by Helicopter Training Videos.