“The A600 Talon is the first of a new generation of RotorWay machines, built on a tradition of delivering on our promises,” said CEO Grant Norwitz, as the machine went through its paces for the cameras early in the Arizona morning of the fifth of July. “With our new facilities, our new programs, and our commitment to establishing an atmosphere in which certification of future designs will be fulfilled, the Talon exemplifies the spirit of RotorWay: strong traditions and fresh thinking.”
The A600 Talon is a top-to-bottom redesign, incorporating many customer-initiated requests, advanced electronics, engineering, and convenience items. The cockpit is now all-glass, using the MGL Avionics system. The completely redesigned and tuned FADEC system now has a secondary FADEC as a clone of the primary. Any failure of the primary unit will be imperceptible to the engine informing the pilot on the MGL display. The 162’s primary drive chain is replaced by a heavy-duty cog belt for ease of maintenance and longevity.
The useful load is 535 pounds, including a 100-pound luggage compartment. Economy cruise is a practical 90mph and fast long-distance cruise has already been demonstrated at 100 plus, with the doors off! The landing gear is 10 inches wider, 10 inches longer, and 7” higher than its smaller predecessor the Exec 162. This enables improvements in strength and stability, while offering greater accessibility underneath for the optional accessory luggage pod.
Process controls and designs with the new Talon’s manufacture at Rotorway’s new factory, are specifically aimed at the company’s plan to develop and deliver a certified helicopter. The A600 Talon is to be built in the new facility, on the new line, under the new processes that are being set up and proven to enable the certified machine to follow as early as 2011 in the United States. These new processes, materials, and documentation on the experimental, owner-built A600 Talon are designed to mesh into the processes and controls to be used on the future certified machine. The result is that the Talon will be built to type certified standards, of certified materials and with all the processes and controls expected of a manufacturer with the pedigree of RotorWay – and yet will be sold at kit prices.
The RotorWay success story is the culmination of over 4 decades of perseverance, progress in design and engineering development. Today RotorWay continues to be driven by individuals that believe in the company's mission -- To provide the rotorcraft customer worldwide with a safe, affordable way to experience their dream of rotary wing flight.