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Swedish Government resumes state-funded pilot training

Swedish Government resumes state-funded pilot training

Svensk Pilotutbildning (SPU) has been awarded an agreement with the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education (“Myndigheten för Yrkeshögskolan”) for training of 14 new helicopter pilots a year, until 2020, which in total means 28 positions funded by the Swedish Government. The agency got a lot of attention for its January 2014 decision, where… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 13-Feb-17

Robinson delivers 12,000th helicopter

Robinson delivers 12,000th helicopter

On December 23, 2016 R66 S/N 0763 became the 12,000th helicopter to roll off Robinson Helicopter’s production line. “A nice way to end the year,” said Robinson President, Kurt Robinson. S/N 0763 will be delivered to Hover Dynamics, one of three long-time Robinson dealers in South Africa. The helicopter was purchased by a new charter… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 26-Jan-17

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New Zealand puts Robinson helicopters on safety Watchlist

New Zealand puts Robinson helicopters on safety Watchlist

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission in New Zealand yesterday added two new significant items to its Watchlist of most pressing concerns. One involves Robinson helicopter and the other safety issues for pedestrians and vehicles using railway level crossings. The detail provided on Robinson helicopters is as follows:- There are around 300 Robinson helicopters registered in… Read more »

Source: TAIC, 28-Oct-16

New Garmin transponders approved for Robinson range

New Garmin transponders approved for Robinson range

The FAA has approved the integration of Garmin 335 and 345 Mode S transponders in the Robinson R22, R44 and R66 range. The newly approved transponders meet the ADS-B Out requirements without the need for an independent GPS system. Estimated at $3,900, the GTX 335 enables owners and operators to respect current regulations and at… Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-Oct-16

Flying Helicopters Made Easy takes delivery of Robinson simulator

Flying Helicopters Made Easy takes delivery of Robinson simulator

Flying Helicopters Made Easy flight school attracts US and International students who are looking for Ground, Private, Instrument, Commercial, and Certified Flight Instructor certificates. Operating two Robinson R22 and two Robinson R44 aircraft, the school employs flight training experience and methodologies, used by one of the best air forces in the world, to make better… Read more »

Source: X-copter, 31-Jul-16

FAA approves Garmin Mode S transponders in R22, R44 and R66

FAA approves Garmin Mode S transponders in R22, R44 and R66

FAA approves Garmin’s GTX 335 and 345 Mode S transponders for use in Robinson R22, R44 and R66 helicopters. The newly approved transponders meet impending ADS-B Out regulations without requiring a standalone GPS. Priced at $3,900, the GTX 335 enables owners and operators to meet impending regulations with minimal expense. At $6,300, the GTX 345… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 19-Jul-16

Robinson announces collective-activated hour meter for R22

Robinson announces collective-activated hour meter for R22

Robinson has announced that a collective-activated hour meter along with an updated hub and redesigned main rotor spindles are now standard on all new R22s.  This supercedes an oil-pressure-activated meter which records all engine run time. The new collective activated meter records collective-up (flight) time and does not include engine warm up and cool down… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Apr-16

Guidance Aviation upgrades to new flight simulator

Guidance Aviation upgrades to new flight simulator

The piece of equipment — which retails for $98,750 — is manufactured by X-Copter in Prescott and is used by Guidance Aviation for its helicopter pilot training program.  See full story

Source: Daily Courier, 09-Mar-16

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X-Copter and ForeFlight demo EFB integration with R22 simulator

X-Copter and ForeFlight demo EFB integration with R22 simulator

X-Copter and ForeFlight invite attendees of Heli-Expo 2016 to a demonstration of the integration of the ForeFlight Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) with the X-Copter Robinson Helicopter Simulator. The demonstration will take place on Wednesday afternoon at Heli-Expo 2016 in Louisville, KY from 2:00 to 3:00 in the X-Copter’s Booth #8231. Please join us and Prepare… Read more »

Source: X-Copter, 01-Mar-16

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Guimbal G2 Cabri overtakes Robinson R22, says GAMA

Guimbal G2 Cabri overtakes Robinson R22, says GAMA

The annual factory production review has been released by GAMA, and confirms the Robinson R44 remains the dominant piston-engined helicopter type in the world.  However, looking at the detailed numbers, it confirms that French manufacturer Helicoptères Guimbal produced more of their G2 Cabri model in 2015 than Robinson produced R22s.  Guimbal produced 44 Cabris, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Feb-16

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Robinson production 5% up in 2015 over 2014

Robinson production 5% up in 2015 over 2014

Robinson Helicopter delivered 347 aircraft in 2015, made up of 117 R66s, 196 R44s, and 34 R22s – a steady gain over 2014, which was in itself a huge drop over 2013.  Looking at each model, the R22 production was the lowest in six years, R44s were marginally ahead and the main percentage gain was… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 22-Jan-16

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All Metal MS launches Robinson maintenance stand

All Metal MS launches Robinson maintenance stand

All Metal MS, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of solution-driven, custom “Safety First” maintenance stands, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling, announced today the unveiling of its “Safety First” Robinson R22, R44, R66 Maintenance Stand (RW-SS-ROB66) which was delivered to 702 Helicopters located in Las Vegas. The Robinson R22, R44,… Read more »

Source: AllMetalMS, 12-Jan-16

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More details revealed of NEW Robinson R44 model

More details revealed of NEW Robinson R44 model

Following the exclusive HeliHub.com story last week regarding the new R44 model being worked on, we are now in a position to provide further details. HeliHub.com reader Paddy Wills has published a blog post in which more details are revealed.  Paddy runs the excellent HeliPaddy – an app developed for the iOS, Android and web… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Nov-15

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NZ doubles R22 and R44 solo training hours requirement

NZ doubles R22 and R44 solo training hours requirement

The CAA says new requirements for pilots flying Robinson helicopters will help prevent accidents. Graeme Harris, The Director of Civil Aviation (CAA) has determined that additional safety awareness training will be required for pilots flying Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters. In response to a Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) recommendation we reviewed the status of… Read more »

Source: NZ CAA, 09-Nov-15

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Rotorcorp becomes official Helicopter Easy Wheels distributor

Rotorcorp becomes official Helicopter Easy Wheels distributor

You can hate them, but you gotta’ have them.  You have probably bought more than one set of costly ground handling wheels for your Robinson Helicopter over the years and have likely felt that you are not quite getting your money’s worth.    The ground handling wheel market is flooded with variations of the same old… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp, 29-Sep-15

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Solo R22 pilot rescued after 32 hours on ice floe

Russian pilot Sergey Ananov was most of the way to completing a solo circumnavigation in a Robinson R22. He had refuelled in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and was on a 500 mile leg to Nuuk in Greenland when contact was lost. He was reported overdue at 3.20pm Eastern time on Saturday 25th July. Weather conditions were hazardous… Read more »

28-Jul-15

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Solo R22 round-the-world missing

Solo R22 round-the-world missing

The update from the project Facebook page says so much and our hearts go out to the support team at this time “With heavy hearts we have to write that unfortunately yesterday we lost contact with Sergey during his flight over Davis Strait … Almost immediately after receiving the last Delorme tracking message with 0… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jul-15

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New Kentucky operator at Hopkinsville-Christian County Airport

New Kentucky operator at Hopkinsville-Christian County Airport

Taking off at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Airport is a new business that’s the product of a 51-year-old Clarksville woman’s passion for aviation, a little bit of luck and a light utility helicopter that could easily fit on a large flatbed trailer. See full story

Source: Kentucky New Era, 14-Jul-15

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Russian pilot currently attempting R22 solo circumnavigation

Russian pilot currently attempting R22 solo circumnavigation

On Saturday 13th June, Russian helicopter pilot Sergey Ananov started his Round the Globe Solo flight, aiming to be the first person to complete a circumnavigation in a helicopter of under 1,000kg MTOW. Taking off from Moscow, the planned round goes eastbound through Siberia to Alaska, then south down the west coast of Canada and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-15

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Helicopter mustering safety breakthrough in Australia

Helicopter mustering safety breakthrough in Australia

A breakthrough on Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules affecting aerial mustering has been greeted with relief in rural Queensland. See Full Story

Source: Queensland County Life, 05-Jun-15

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Jerry Trimble Helicopters Offers Prize Money at Autorotation Contest

Jerry Trimble Helicopters Offers Prize Money at Autorotation Contest

The 5th Annual Touchdown Autorotation competition will be held on June 28, 2015 at Jerry Trimble Helicopters (JTH). The contest begins at 10AM, and an all-you-can eat pancake breakfast is offered from 7AM -12PM. The cost to enter is $75, and includes a Robinson R22 helicopter to use in the contest. A $5 donation will… Read more »

Source: Jerry Trimble Helicopters, 04-Jun-15

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City of Perth approves floating helipads trial on Swan River

City of Perth approves floating helipads trial on Swan River

The City of Perth has approved a two-year trial of of two floating helipads on the north side of the Swan River, opposite the Perth Concert Hall and Terrace Road carpark, 200 metres to the east of WA Row All Posts ing Club, near Barrack Street Jetty. See Full Story  

Source: Aviation WA, 27-Apr-15

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New Zealand CAA issue Robinson Helicopter Fleet Consultation Document

New Zealand CAA issue Robinson Helicopter Fleet Consultation Document

The New Zealand CAA is exploring the need for changes in the regulation of the Robinson helicopter fleet. This is in response to a number of accidents involving Robinson helicopters in the last few years. As part of the response to these accidents, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (“TAIC”) and the CAA have reviewed the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Apr-15

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Helicopter crash survivor sues, claiming pilot was using FaceTime

Helicopter crash survivor sues, claiming pilot was using FaceTime

The survivor of a December helicopter crash is suing the deceased pilot’s estate and the flight school, claiming the pilot was using a video-calling app on his cellphone while at the controls of the aircraft. See Full Story

Source: sun-Sentinel, 20-Apr-15

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Farmer flies helicopter without licence to spot wildlife

Farmer flies helicopter without licence to spot wildlife

A Feilding farmer has been chastised for his “flagrant” and “disturbing” disregard of aviation rules, after admitting to flying a wrongly modified helicopter above Manawatu without having a licence to do so. See Full Story

Source: Stuff, 15-Apr-15

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Robinson Doing Well Despite the Numbers

Robinson Doing Well Despite the Numbers

In 2014 Robinson produced 329 helicopters in contrast to the 523 helicopters of 2013. Kurt Robinson, company President, said this was due to the catching up on the backlog of R66s. The other reason involved the fact that over 70% of Robinson helicopters are produced outside the USA and that has to do with economies… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-15

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Robinson production drops by 37% in 2014

Robinson production drops by 37% in 2014

After a level 2013 (over 2012) and a bumper 45% increase in 2012 production over 2011, Robinson production sunk in 2014.  Robinson Helicopter’s production for 2014 was 329 helicopters – 101 R66s, 186 R44s and 42 R22s, a huge 37% drop compared to 2013’s production of 523. Looking at each model, the R22 production was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-15

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Helicentre Aviation 2014 Scholarship Winners Announced

Helicentre Aviation 2014 Scholarship Winners Announced

Helicentre Aviation have awarded helicopter pilot training scholarships with a combined value of over £80,000 to five of their student pilots following a two month intensive interview process. A total of 24 scholarship applications were received. James Geary from Kent was awarded the commercial pilot scholarship which will fund all his hour building up to… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 28-Oct-14

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BHA achieves historic EASA win – R22 and R44 to continue commercial ops

BHA achieves historic EASA win – R22 and R44 to continue commercial ops

Rules are Rules. But there’s always a need to test their reasonableness and rulemakers need to show flexibility. When EASA came out with a ruling that would bring to an end the commercial operation of Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters, something needed to be done. The British Helicopter Association was instrumental in leading the way… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Sep-14

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Robinson deliveries grind to a halt in China

Robinson deliveries grind to a halt in China

China have launched a new import requirement, with helicopter manufacturers needing to provide Electrical Load Analysis (ELA) data.  We understand most manufacturers sent representatives to China for a meeting some weeks back, and most or all of the helicopter types produced by these companies continue to be approved.  Bell have confirmed to HeliHub that this… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-14

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Morington Sanford Aviation trains Australian R22/R44 field inspectors

Morington Sanford Aviation trains Australian R22/R44 field inspectors

Richard Morington-Sanford visited CASA at oen fo their aviation training centres at Brisbane International Airport in Australia in the period 4th to 8th August 2014.  Richard conducted theoretical and practical type training on the Robinson R22 and R44 for 19 of CASA’s maitenance field inspectors responsible for the continuing airworthiness maintenance standards throughout Australia. www.morningtonsanfordaviation.com… Read more »

Source: Morington Sanford Aviation, 13-Aug-14

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New Robinson R22 for Phoenix Helicopters

New Robinson R22 for Phoenix Helicopters

The good weather has been great for flying and has seen both branches flying record breaking monthly hours. Unfortunately helicopters lives are not infinite and each Robinson is timed out after 2200 hours of flying. Once the aircraft reaches its total allowable time it has to have a complete overhaul. The overhaul involves completely rebuilding… Read more »

Source: Phoenix, 23-Jul-14

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Guidance Aviation support Girl Scouts Discover Aviation Camp again

Guidance Aviation support Girl Scouts Discover Aviation Camp again

Girl Scouts participating in the 2014 Discover Aviation Camp received VIP access to Guidance Aviation’s helicopter flight training facilities as well as its associated campus of Yavapai Community College. Campers enjoyed experiencing what it is like to sit in and touch the controls of Robinson R22’s, R44’s, and R66 helicopters; take a part in helicopter… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 23-Jun-14

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Profile – Old City Helicopters

Profile – Old City Helicopters

A couple of guys who came to St. Augustine to fly helicopters are having great success in the helicopter business – see full profile See also http://www.oldcityhelicopters.com/

Source: St Augustine Record, 16-Jun-14

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Sloane Helicopters marks 25 years at Sywell and 45 in business

Sloane Helicopters marks 25 years at Sywell and 45 in business

British operator Sloane Helicopters recently marked an impressive 45 years in business, and 25 years at their Sywell headquarters.  As many countries marked the 70th anniversary on Friday of the D-Day landings on 6th June 1944, Sloane also remembered the launch event of their current facility at Sywell on 6th June 1989 and the company starting… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jun-14

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New Robinson Service Center in Norway

New Robinson Service Center in Norway

Danish operator Air Service Vamdrup have announced that they have been appointed Robinson Service Center in Norway. This is an expansion of their recently new at our facilities at Eggemoen, approximately 60 miles northwest of Oslo. Their base is within the Eggemoen Aviation & Technology Park. The company will continue to perform regular service for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-14

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Sloane Helicopters invites you to their stand at HeliUK Expo

Sloane Helicopters invites you to their stand at HeliUK Expo

Sloane Helicopters is delighted to announce that it will be at HeliUK Expo, at Sywell Aerodrome, 3-4 June 2014. As the UK and Ireland distributor for AgustaWestland and Robinson helicopters, Sloane will carry a wide range of aircraft on static display throughout AeroExpo UK and HeliUK Expo, as well as further aircraft at the Company’s… Read more »

Source: HeliUK Expo, 14-May-14

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Elite debuts TH22 piston helicopter trainer at Sun-n-Fun 2014

Elite debuts TH22 piston helicopter trainer at Sun-n-Fun 2014

ELITE Sim­u­la­tion Solu­tions debuts of the TH22 pis­ton heli­copter pri­mary flight train­ing device at Sun N Fun 2014. ELITE Sim­u­la­tion Solu­tions, in coop­er­a­tion with Daedalus Tech­nolo­gies and Lam­i­nar Research intro­duces the newest addi­tion to their fleet of heli­copter train­ing devices. From startup, run up to shut down, TH22 mod­els the form, func­tion and per­for­mance of the… Read more »

Source: Elite Sim­u­la­tion, 03-Apr-14

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Lycoming Eliminates “Frequent” Use Requirement on 2200 TBO for Robinson Helicopters

Lycoming Eliminates “Frequent” Use Requirement on 2200 TBO for Robinson Helicopters

Lycoming Service Instruction No. 1009AW (February 24, 2014) eliminates the previous 2200 time-between-overhaul (TBO) requirement that specified engines be used in “frequent” service, defined as 40 hours or more per month. The Service Instruction extends the engine overhaul period from 2000 to 2200 hours without restrictions, and applies only to Lycoming engines built to specifications… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 10-Mar-14

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Frank Robinson to be honoured in California Aviation Hall of Fame

Frank Robinson to be honoured in California Aviation Hall of Fame

Frank Robinson, founder of Robinson Helicopter Co. in Torrance, has been selected for induction into the California Aviation Hall of Fame.  See full story Photo from Aviation Legends dinner, February 2011

Source: Daily Breeze, 10-Mar-14

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X-Copter Unveiled at Heli-Expo

X-Copter Unveiled at Heli-Expo

Called “X-Copter”, it is an eighth generation helicopter flight simulator that has been in development since 2006 and the core component of the nationally recognized “Flight Cost Reduction Training” program at Guidance Aviation. Engineered for the primary flight training market, the X-Copter simulates the Robinson R22 and R44 models. X-Copter’s full-scale cockpit includes two high… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 27-Feb-14

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Whirly-Girls announce winner of Robinson R22/R44 Safety Course Scholarship

Whirly-Girls announce winner of Robinson R22/R44 Safety Course Scholarship

Madeline Von Bokel was awarded the Robinson Helicopter R22/R44 Safety Course Scholarship at the Whirly-Girls Banquet at the 2014 HELI-EXPO which was held in Anaheim, CA. This year’s Robinson Helicopter R22/R44 Safety Course Scholarship recipient began flying in August of 2011 and have earned her Private, Commercial, Instrument, CFI, and CFII at MySky Academy in… Read more »

Source: Whirly-Girls, 26-Feb-14

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New Robinson dealership launched in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

New Robinson dealership launched in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Guidance Louisiana, LLC of Baton Rouge, Louisiana has just launched a new Robinson Helicopter Dealership. On Friday, February 21, 2014, the dealership became official when Chief Pilot, Matt Cavenagh, received delivery of a new 2014 Robinson R66 Helicopter from the Robinson manufacturing facility in Torrance, California. “Guidance Louisiana will be providing sales and service of the… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 25-Feb-14

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Aspen Glass Now Factory Option on Robinson Helicopters

Aspen Glass Now Factory Option on Robinson Helicopters

Aspen Avionics announced today the EFD1000H Primary Flight Display (PFD) system will be available as a factory option on the Robinson R22, R44 Raven I, R44 Raven II, and R66 helicopters. The EFD500H Multi-function Display (MFD) system will be available as a factory option on the R44 Raven I, R44 Raven II, and R66. The EFD1000H… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 24-Feb-14

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Robinson Adds Spidertracks Real Time Flight Tracking

Robinson Adds Spidertracks Real Time Flight Tracking

Spidertracks is proud to announce an agreement with Robinson Helicopter Company to include the Spider S5 as the helicopter manufacturer’s real-time flight tracking offering in their options catalog for the R22, R44 and R66 models. “We think the spidertracks system offers an excellent overall value and believe that satellite-based position tracking provides significant safety benefits… Read more »

Source: Spidertracks, 23-Feb-14

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Robinson introduces glass avionics across all models

Robinson introduces glass avionics across all models

Robinson Helicopter Company is introducing a new line of instrument panels and avionics for the R22, R44, and R66. The new line includes, as optional equipment, Garmin’s GTN 600/700 touch-screen navigators, as well as Aspen Avionics’ Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Multifunction Display (MFD) systems. Garmin’s GTR 225B COM radio, GMA 350H audio panel, GDL… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 10-Feb-14

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Jerry Trimble Helicopters opens fourth location in Oak Island, NC

Jerry Trimble Helicopters opens fourth location in Oak Island, NC

Jerry Trimble Helicopters (JTH) is partnering with Jessica Ward, owner of High Tide Helicopters, to open its fourth flight training base in Oak Island, NC. Jessica completed all of her training with Jerry Trimble Helicopters and decided to open her own flight school at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC near Wilmington. … Read more »

Source: Jerry Trimble Helicopters, 05-Feb-14

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Vertical Limit aviation opens second New Mexico base

Vertical Limit aviation opens second New Mexico base

Vertical Limit Aviation officially launches this week at Doña Ana County International Jetport in Santa Teresa, 25 minutes from Downtown El Paso  See full story

Source: El Paso Inc, 29-Jan-14

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Robinson 2013 production shows marginal 1% increase on 2012

Robinson 2013 production shows marginal 1% increase on 2012

After a bumper 45% increase in 2012 production over 2011, Robinson have produced near enough the exact same numbers of each helicopter type in 2013 compared to 2012. Robinson Helicopter’s production for 2013 was 523 helicopters – 192 R66s, 289 R44s and 42 R22s, a marginal 1% increase over 2012’s production of 517. The order… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jan-14

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Nicholson McLaren Aviation to exhibit at Heli UK Expo

Nicholson McLaren Aviation to exhibit at Heli UK Expo

Nicholson McLaren Aviation has confirmed their attendance at the Heli UK Expo at Sywell Aerodrome, from 3rd – 4th June 2014. Nicholson McLaren Aviation are an EASA Part 145 approved company specializing in the overhaul, maintenance, repairs and overspeed inspections of Lycoming and Continental engine. Located in Berkshire, United Kingdom, Nicholson McLaren Aviation have a… Read more »

Source: Heli UK, 12-Jan-14

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Universal Helicopters 10th year without accident or incident

Universal Helicopters 10th year without accident or incident

Universal Helicopters (UHI) with locations in Arizona, Utah, Kansas, and California, is proud to announce that they are in their 10th year with no incident, accident, or crashes. Dr. Gordon A Jiroux, President and CEO of UHI, stated “with safety, quality and crash free flying as our primary focus each and every day, UHI is… Read more »

Source: Universal Helicopters, 09-Jan-14

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Tim Tucker teams with Gyronimo for new R22 R44 R66 iPad apps

Tim Tucker teams with Gyronimo for new R22 R44 R66 iPad apps

Tim Tucker, Robinson Helicopter Company’s Chief Instructor and Claus Richter founder of Gyronimo, LLC have teamed together to produce a series of new performance apps for the Robinson R22, R44 and R66.  These new apps build on the already popular Robinson apps developed by Gyronimo but add the insights and knowledge of Robinson’s well known… Read more »

Source: Gyronimo, 20-Dec-13

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R22 production continues slowly – but who is buying?

R22 production continues slowly – but who is buying?

Back in the heady days of 1991, Robinson built no fewer than 402 R22s in one year at their California factory in Torrance. By comparison, the most recent 200 R22s have been produced by Robinson Helicopter Co at a much more leisurely rate over the last four and a half years. Analysis of these 200… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-13

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Universal Helicopters orders four R44s and two R22s

Universal Helicopters orders four R44s and two R22s

Universal Helicopters (UHI), with locations in Arizona, Utah (dealership location), Kansas, and California, has placed orders on six new Robinson helicopters. Dr. Gordon A Jiroux, President and CEO of UHI, stated “with the success and demand for enrollment at all of our locations with respect to several different colligate programs, in the last quarter of… Read more »

Source: Universal Helicopters, 06-Dec-13

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Burmese Government denies Robinson factory plans in Rangoon

Burmese Government denies Robinson factory plans in Rangoon

Burma’s Department of Civil Aviation says there are no plans to allow Robinson to manufacture in Rangoon, refuting a recent report by the local Yangon Times daily. See full story

04-Dec-13

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Russia/Canada bubble passes – Robinson to drop R66 production rate

Russia/Canada bubble passes – Robinson to drop R66 production rate

The rush of R66 orders from Canada and Russia following the relatively recent type certification in those two countries is all but over. At the end of October 2013, Robinson will reduce the production rate of their five-seat turbine from 12 to 8 per month – although we expect it will rise at some point… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Oct-13

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Switzerland – Bonsai Helikopter renamed to Helialpin

Switzerland – Bonsai Helikopter renamed to Helialpin

Swiss operator Bonsai Helicopter has been renamed Helialpin. As we write this article, their old website URL remains active at www.bonsaiheli.ch and their new www.helialpin.ch is not yet ready – although the active site does refer to the new URL. Helialpin operates the following fleet – Robinson R22 Beta – HB-XTQ – Robinson R22 Beta… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-13

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Helicopter Pilot School Scholarship established in Baton Rouge

Helicopter Pilot School Scholarship established in Baton Rouge

A helicopter pilot school scholarship has been established by Guidance Aviation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a $14,000 donation to the Baton Rouge Collegehelicopter pilot school scholarship Baton Rouge Community College Foundation. The helicopter pilot scholarship is designed to help students determine if they are on the right career path prior to committing to the… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 29-Sep-13

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New Zealand R22 pilot pleads guity to five charges

New Zealand R22 pilot pleads guity to five charges

Daniel James Parker, 22, of Ranfurly, pleaded guilty on five charges including flying without a commercial operator’s licence  See full story  [file photo]

13-Sep-13

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Heli Air opens its first base in Scotland

Heli Air opens its first base in Scotland

Heli  Air, the UK’s largest onshore helicopter operator, is delighted to announce that following the recent acquisition of Scotia Helicopters, it has now launched Heli Air Scotland, based at Cumbernauld Airport midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh.  Heli  Air now has nine bases across the UK, including the recently opened operation at City Airport & Heliport,… Read more »

Source: Heli Air, 02-Sep-13

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Donaldson offers filters for Robinson R22s, R44s

Donaldson offers filters for Robinson R22s, R44s

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), is offering new, high-performance, reusable engine air filters for Robinson Helicopter Company’s popular R22 and R44 models. Available now through Robinson’s parts network, the new filters draw on Donaldson’s advanced aerospace filtration expertise to protect Lycoming carbureted and fuel-injected engines powering the R22… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 29-Jul-13

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Robinson Introduces Reusable Engine Air Filters for R22 and R44

Robinson Introduces Reusable Engine Air Filters for R22 and R44

On July 3, 2013, Robinson Helicopter Company issued two Service Letters detailing the replacement of current disposable paper element radial air filters with a cleanable air filter for R22 and R44 helicopters.  According to the Service Letters, disposable A771-1 (R22) and C771-1 (R44) engine air filters have been superseded by reusable B771-1 and B771-2 filters which… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp, 23-Jul-13

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Precision Aviation Services appointed Robinson Service Center and Dealer

Precision Aviation Services appointed Robinson Service Center and Dealer

Peachtree City, GA based Precision Aviation Services (PAS), a Precision Aviation Group Company (PAG) has announced that it has been named a Robinson Helicopter Dealer and Service Center. PAS, formerly Gardner Aviation Services (GAS) is actively selling R22, R44 and R66 model Robinson Helicopters through its facility located at Falcon Field at the Atlanta Regional… Read more »

Source: Precision Aviation Services, 27-Jun-13

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Heli Air move into Scotland with purchase of Scotia Helicopters

Heli Air move into Scotland with purchase of Scotia Helicopters

Heli Air are moving into Scotland with the purchase of Scotia Helicopters at Cumbernauld under the title “Heli Air Scotland”.  Heli Air have been working with Scotia owner John Pearson for two years to reach agreement according to an article in The Herald which says that they were advised by Kytra Consulting. Headlining the new business as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jun-13

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Quebec R22 has 100 ft near miss with two F-18s

Quebec R22 has 100 ft near miss with two F-18s

On 4th June, a Robinson R22 operated by Canadian Helicopters was on a local fight in Quebec when it suffered a near-miss with two Canadian Armed Forces F-18s; The Robinson was on a VFR flight and an approximately southern track, when the two jets were turning onto a southerly heading. Press reports suggest that after… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jun-13

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Helicentre Aviation announces Professional Helicopter Pilot Scholarship Winners

Helicentre Aviation announces Professional Helicopter Pilot Scholarship Winners

Helicentre Aviation is delighted to announce the winners of the 2013 Professional Helicopter Pilot Scholarships following a selection process involving several weeks of interviews and presentations in front of a scholarship committee. The Commercial Pilot Scholarship has been awarded to Pierre Neyses from Germany, and the Flight Instructor Scholarship to Morgan Whiting from Leicestershire. “The… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 23-Jun-13

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Ananov breaks 52-year-old rotorcraft world records

Ananov breaks 52-year-old rotorcraft world records

The FAI has recently ratified two rotocraft world records claimed by Sergey Ananov from Russia. On 22 February 2013, Ananov made a “Distance without landing” flight in a Robinson R22 Beta Helicopter of 1232 km (previous record: 1176.79) from Moscow to Ufa (Russia) and a “Distance over a closed circuit” flight of 1062 km (previous… Read more »

Source: FAI, 05-Jun-13

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Helmet saves Otago helicopter pilot’s life

Helmet saves Otago helicopter pilot’s life

A Central Otago pilot has escaped with his life and a lucky lid after his unattended helicopter took off, crashed and the tail rotor grazed his helmet. (See Full Story)

Source: MSN, 16-May-13

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Helifilte WA Celeberates Five Years Of Operation

Helifilte WA Celeberates Five Years Of Operation

Heliflite’s authorised Robinson helicopter sales and service centre at Jandakot Airport celebrates five years of operation. In 2008 Heliflite opened its Western Australian centre at Perth’s Jandakot Airport. Manager Tony Bates leads the experienced Heliflite WA team. Heliflite has long been involved in the Western Australian helicopter industry going back to the late 1970s with a charter organisation once based… Read more »

Source: Helifilte, 15-May-13

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Mechanic takes blame for Honolulu R22 accident

Mechanic takes blame for Honolulu R22 accident

New video has been released following Wednesday’s helicopter crash landing in downtown Honolulu. The Kukui Plaza condominium captured the crash landing on surveillance video. (See Full Story)

Source: Khon 2, 13-May-13

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Colorado Heli-Ops expands with two more helicopters

Colorado Heli-Ops expands with two more helicopters

After their move in November to a larger newly remodeled facility, the Broomfield, Colo.-based company has added new helicopters and services. Heli-Ops is now a full service helicopter flight center. Their award-winning training center is the first in the United States to offer full-curriculum Scenario Based Training programs. They also have a utility side of… Read more »

Source: Colorado Heli-Ops, 07-May-13

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EASA approves 31 more Lycoming engines for UL91 fuel

EASA approves 31 more Lycoming engines for UL91 fuel

Lycoming Engines, a division of Avco Corporation, released Service Instruction SI-1070R in April of 2012, which approved a wide variety of engines for use with ASTM D7547 UL 91 unleaded avgas. European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) 2011-01 provided aircraft-level approval on the basis of engine approval. Today Lycoming is pleased to… Read more »

Source: Lycoming, 24-Apr-13

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Robinson introduces bladder fuel tanks for R22

Robinson introduces bladder fuel tanks for R22

Robinson Helicopter Co have this week advised all of their distributors that new R22 helicopters from serial number 4622 will be fitted with a bladder fuel tank and not an aluminium one as before. The new bladder’s useable capacity is decreased by 3.8 gallons or approximately 25 minutes of flight time – a significant amount…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Apr-13

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Frank Robinson to receive 2013 Guggenheim Medal

Frank Robinson to receive 2013 Guggenheim Medal

Frank D. Robinson, founder, Robinson Helicopter Company, Torrance, Calif., has been selected to receive the 2013 Daniel Guggenheim Medal. He will receive the medal on Wednesday evening, May 22, at the Grand Awards Banquet of the American Helicopter Society International’s 69th Annual Forum and Technology Display, May 21–23, at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Ariz…. Read more »

Source: AIAA, 10-Apr-13

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ATSB report says R22 tail contacted rock in fatal Kimberley crash

ATSB report says R22 tail contacted rock in fatal Kimberley crash

The Australian investigation authority ATSB has issued their final report on the fatal R22 accident on 3rd October last year which occurred 130 km west of Halls Creek in Western Australia. The summary is a blunt reminder of issues with confined areas, light levels etc What happened On 3 October 2012 the pilots of two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-13

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