Robinson R44 operating costs are fairly straightforward and they are less expensive to operate and maintain that similar helicopters. Robinson R44 operating costs are typically broken down by hour and include, fuel, insurance, tie-down or hangar storage fees, regular maintenance inspections, and landing fees. Typical R44 operating costs average about $190 per hour depending on a wide range of variables.
The R44 burns about 15 gallons per hour with Avgas typically costing about $6 per gallon, hourly fuel costs for the Robinson R44 run around $90 per hour.
Depending on whether you just carry Liability coverage or Full Flight Hull Coverage, this cost will vary, but it typically runs between $2,100-$2,421 per year, which adds about $20-$40 per hour depending on the amount of total hours flown in a year.
Tie Down/Hangar Fees
Depending on whether the aircraft is hangered or tied down at an airport, these fees will typically run between $100-$300 per month.
Regular Maintenance Inspections
Robinson R44 operating costs should include money set aside depending on the amount of hours flown for regular maintenance and inspections. Depending on the age and condition of the aircraft, these costs typically range between $15-$30 per hour.
Most small airports don’t have landing fees, but most of the larger and controlled tower airports do, Landing fees are typically a very small amount of the hourly operating costs of the R44 and depending on the airport and amount of landings, can range anywhere from $80-$200 per year.