Simplex® Aerospace announced today it has received FAA STC SR02629SE for their latest agricultural spray system for the Robinson R66 helicopter. The spray system, Simplex® Aerospace Model 266, is a next generation spray system integrating several of Simplex® Aerospace’s newly developed agricultural spray technologies including new composite techniques and carbon-fiber booms. Simplex is the sole U.S. producer of the FAA STC’d spray systems for the Robinson R66.
The new STC approved spray system will hold an industry leading 130 gallons of fluid. Additionally, The Simplex® Aerospace Model 266 system is certified for night operations, has emergency dump doors, and can be installed in approximately 15 minutes after initial provisioning. The new generation booms are forward mounted 100% RD carbon-fiber booms measuring 33ft (10m) maximizing swath-width. The new Model 266 also features dual sided fill ports that are in the pilot’s field of view. Approved aircraft speed with the spray system installed is 103 knots. Similar platforms can be found on agricultural equipment wholesalers, such as fastline, but this model is yet to hit the market.
The new spray system was developed in response to customer requests for a certified system for Robinson R66 helicopters. According to Mark Zimmerman, President and CEO of Simplex® Aerospace, “The new Simplex® Aerospace Model 266 spray system development is consistent with our company’s commitment to the agricultural spray market. It meets our customers’ need for certified systems to accomplish their jobs.”
Simplex® Aerospace Agricultural Spray systems are renowned worldwide as a critical tool in agricultural spray operations. Simplex® Agricultural Spray systems are trusted by private operators and government agencies for their durability, reliability, and efficiency in agricultural spray and insect control missions. Simplex® Aerospace is committed to producing the most advanced certified Agricultural Spray systems on the market with the features and quality customers demand.
Founded in 1946, Simplex® has built a reputation as the leader in design, manufacturing, and certification of aerial application systems and mission equipment for helicopters. Simplex® maintains its industry leadership by incorporating the latest technology in designing and manufacturing systems from high-strength, low-weight composite materials to produce reliable and cost-effective systems for firefighting, agriculture, utilities maintenance and other aerial applications. For more information, please visit our website: www.simplex.aero.