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Los Angeles judge denies motion for R66 trial to be held in Colombia

Los Angeles judge denies motion for R66 trial to be held in Colombia

Source: Baum Hedlund, 11-Apr-14

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied a forum non conveniens motion filed by Robinson Helicopter Company, Rolls-Royce and Honeywell to have a fatal helicopter crash case (the very first R66 crash) removed from her courtroom in Los Angeles to be litigated in Colombia, where the crash occurred. In her March 28 ruling, the Honorable Michelle R. [...]

Robinson delivers 500th R66 to Russia

Robinson delivers 500th R66 to Russia

Source: Robinson, 24-Mar-14

R66 Turbine S/N 500 rolled off Robinson’s production line on March 14, 2014, three and half years since the 5-place helicopter was initially certificated in October 2010. The helicopter was delivered to Aviamarket, one of three R66 dealers in Russia, and will be on display at this year’s Heli-Russia Exhibition in Moscow, May 22-24. Aviamarket [...]

Frank Robinson to be honoured in California Aviation Hall of Fame

Frank Robinson to be honoured in California Aviation Hall of Fame

Source: Daily Breeze, 10-Mar-14

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

StandardAero RR300 Program Advances with Five Recent Engine Inductions

StandardAero RR300 Program Advances with Five Recent Engine Inductions

Source: StandardAero, 26-Feb-14

StandardAero has rapidly built up its capabilities and MRO services for Rolls-Royce RR300 helicopter engines, inducting five engines into the company’s Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada shop since signing its license agreement authorizing StandardAero as an RR300 engines service provider in December, 2013. In addition to the accelerated intake of engines for repair and overhaul, StandardAero has [...]

New Robinson dealership launched in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

New Robinson dealership launched in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Source: Guidance Aviation, 25-Feb-14

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 [...]

Aspen Glass Now Factory Option on Robinson Helicopters

Aspen Glass Now Factory Option on Robinson Helicopters

Source: Aspen Avionics, 24-Feb-14

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 [...]

Robinson Adds Spidertracks Real Time Flight Tracking

Robinson Adds Spidertracks Real Time Flight Tracking

Source: Spidertracks, 23-Feb-14

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 [...]

Tour company’s heliport plan up in the air

Tour company’s heliport plan up in the air

Source: Chicaco Sun-Times, 21-Feb-14

Background lobbying has led Zoning Committee Chairman now wanting  to ground the helipad plan of Chicago Helicopter Express  see full story

Robinson introduces glass avionics across all models

Robinson introduces glass avionics across all models

Source: Robinson, 10-Feb-14

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 [...]

FAA certifies R66 floats from Dart Aerospace

FAA certifies R66 floats from Dart Aerospace

Source: Dart Aerospace, 06-Feb-14

DART Aerospace is pleased to announce that it has received the FAA STC approval for its Emergency Float System for the Robinson R66. The new float system designed and manufactured by DART is the only emergency float system currently available on the market and it will allow R66 operators to safely perform over-water operations. The [...]

R66 European certification delayed by huge EASA charges

R66 European certification delayed by huge EASA charges

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-14

EASA has recently issued full details of an appeal hearing between two organisations – EASA itself and Robinson Helicopter Co. The case concerns the amount of the invoices being raised by EASA on Robinson for the work that EASA is putting in to the type certificate for the R66. Here are the numbers Invoice 90009422 [...]

Robinson 2013 production shows marginal 1% increase on 2012

Robinson 2013 production shows marginal 1% increase on 2012

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jan-14

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 [...]

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

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

Source: Gyronimo, 20-Dec-13

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 [...]

Colorado Heli-Ops marks three milestones in one day

Colorado Heli-Ops marks three milestones in one day

Source: Colorado Heli-Ops, 09-Dec-13

Colorado Heli-Ops, the state’s largest helicopter flight school, recently celebrated three significant milestones on the same day. On November 19, the school flew its 1,000th helicopter tour – which also happened to be the first tour flight in its new Robinson R66. At the same time, the school celebrated the one-year anniversary of the move [...]

Brazil becomes first export market with over 100 Robinson R66s

Brazil becomes first export market with over 100 Robinson R66s

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-13

Robinson Helicopter Co is racing ahead with R66 production, and has already delivered around 450 of the RR300 turbine-powered five seat helicopter. Given that production figure, it seems a little surprising to us that one export market has taken over 100 of this model of helicopter, but our data shows that Brazil has now registered [...]

R66 being used in EMS role in Colombia

R66 being used in EMS role in Colombia

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Nov-13

A Robinson R66 is being used in Colombia as a pediatric air ambulance. It is flying alongside Westwind 1124A and Learjet 31 jets with Fundacion Cardiovascular de Colombia (FCV). Doctors at FCV are using the R66 to reach pediatric patients in remote areas. The back seat of the R66 has been replaced with a bench, [...]

Aeronautical Accessories launches carbide skid shoes for R66

Aeronautical Accessories launches carbide skid shoes for R66

Source: Bell, 06-Nov-13

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced that its Aeronautical Accessories brand is now providing FAA approved Carbide Skid Shoes for the Robinson R66. Carbide skid shoes are produced using a patented process to rework standard skid shoes into long lasting, durable shoes made with carbide steel. Through a unique process involving carbide [...]

DART To Introduce Bearpaws, Cargo Mirror and Floor Protector Kits for Robinson R66

DART To Introduce Bearpaws, Cargo Mirror and Floor Protector Kits for Robinson R66

Source: Dart Aerospace, 31-Oct-13

DART Aerospace is pleased to launch bearpaws, cargo mirror and floor protectors for the Robinson R66.DART is expecting to receive Transport Canada certification approval for these new products by December 2013. FAA/EASA certification approvals are expected to follow in early 2014. These new products will be offered in addition to our growing line of Robinson [...]

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

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Oct-13

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 [...]

Dart R66 floats pass crucial test

Dart R66 floats pass crucial test

Source: Rotorcorp, 23-Sep-13

Dart Aerospace moved once step closer to final FAA approval for the company’s emergency float system for the Robinson R66 Helicopter.  Testing was performed today in the hangar at Orbic Helicopters in Camarillo, California where the pop-out floats were installed and deployed.  Drop testing was completed earlier this summer and final flight tests are expected to be [...]

Russian R66s complete round-the-world trip

Russian R66s complete round-the-world trip

Source: Aviamarket, 19-Sep-13

On Saturday 14th September, after 39448 km, 43 days and total 220 hours of the flight time, two Robinson R66s arrived back in Moscow after completing a trip round the world.  Here is the electronic translation of the story from Aviamarket, Robinson dealers in Russia. During the 43 days of the pilots flying club on [...]

City Council approves third R66 for Fontana Police

City Council approves third R66 for Fontana Police

14-Sep-13

The R66 is being paid for entirely out of federal asset forfeiture funds, so the Council’s decision was more around the ongoing maintenance costs.  See full story

Heli Air opens its first base in Scotland

Heli Air opens its first base in Scotland

Source: Heli Air, 02-Sep-13

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, [...]

Hampton Roads Charter Service sued over fatal R66 accident

Hampton Roads Charter Service sued over fatal R66 accident

21-Aug-13

A Virginia woman sued over a helicopter crash last month in northeastern Pennsylvania that killed her young son and four others, saying a charter company “negligently and recklessly” allowed a pilot to fly when he was not fully trained.  see full story HeliHub accident page – see 27-Jul-13 N646AG Robinson R66 Tunkhannock, US-Pennsylvania (5F) Premilinary NTSB [...]

Guidance Aviation acquires R66

Guidance Aviation acquires R66

Source: Guidance Aviation, 05-Aug-13

Guidance Aviation, a leading collegiate helicopter flight training organization with schools in Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has added a Robinson R66 turbine helicopter to its fleet. “The R66 is powered by a Rolls Royce RR300 and will cruise at 125 kts.  With significantly improved performance at high altitude, the R66 fits nicely into [...]

Two Russian R66s start round-the-world flight

Two Russian R66s start round-the-world flight

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Aug-13

A pair of Robinson R66s, each with two crew, have set off from Russia on a round-the-world tour from Bunkovo Heliport 40 miles north west of Moscow. For 45 days, the crews will see virtually all climatic zones and most inaccessible corners of the planet. Plans to fly over the Norwegian fjords, across the Atlantic, [...]

Baum Hedlund brings first R66 wrongful death lawsuit

Baum Hedlund brings first R66 wrongful death lawsuit

Source: Baum Hedlund, 11-Jul-13

The families of two men killed in the first Robinson R66 helicopter to ever crash have filed a wrongful death lawsuit (case number BC514477) in Los Angeles Superior Court through their attorneys, Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. The lawsuit alleges that shortly after takeoff the R66 experienced a mechanical malfunction and uncontrollable loss of power during normal [...]

Aerial Recon takes delivery of four Robinson R66s

Aerial Recon takes delivery of four Robinson R66s

Source: Aerial Recon, 05-Jul-13

On 12 June 2013 Aerial Recon took delivery of the first Canadian-registered R66 Turbine helicopters at Robinson’s factory in Torrance, Calif., and then flew the four aircraft to Aerial Recon’s home base in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The four helicopters will be used for private and commercial operations. After a lengthy process, Transport Canada Civil Aviation [...]

EASA R66 Certification Update

EASA R66 Certification Update

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 27-Jun-13

As many of you will now know, Robinson Helicopter Company successfully demonstrated the ELOS (Equivalent Level Of Safety) to the FAA resulting in the helicopter receiving certification in Russia and Canada. EASA have since deemed the Equivalent Safety Finding as “important” and, as such, have made it subject to public consultation. Sloane responded with its [...]

Precision Aviation Services appointed Robinson Service Center and Dealer

Precision Aviation Services appointed Robinson Service Center and Dealer

Source: Precision Aviation Services, 27-Jun-13

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 [...]

Heli Air move into Scotland with purchase of Scotia Helicopters

Heli Air move into Scotland with purchase of Scotia Helicopters

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jun-13

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 [...]

Enstrom plans both a new two-seater and an R66 rival

Enstrom plans both a new two-seater and an R66 rival

Source: Flightglobal, 24-Jun-13

Flightglobal says Enstrom has a new two-seat offering under development, and is also looking to produce a new light turbine helicopter to rival Bell’s new proposal plus the Eurocopter EC120 Colibri and Robinson R66. see full story

Dart Aerospace now offering R66 Field Maintenance Kit

Dart Aerospace now offering R66 Field Maintenance Kit

Source: Dart Aerospace, 18-Jun-13

DART Aerospace now offers a complete field maintenance kit carefully designed for the R66 aircraft.  The kit that is packaged in a sturdy Pelican case features every tool you will need to perform routine field maintenance on the R66.  Every tool is encapsulated in a foam liner to ensure proper order of tools and safe [...]

Heliflite delivers first R66 to Western Australia

Heliflite delivers first R66 to Western Australia

Source: Heliflite, 15-Jun-13

Heliflite was pleased to deliver the first new R66 Turbine helicopter into Perth earlier this month. Heliflite’s Western Australian manager Tony Bates was proud to supply the aircraft to Oliver Dunkel and his wife Gerda, who are the proprietors of Perth Harley Davidson. The new R66 Turbine was ferried from Sydney to Perth by Oliver [...]

Rotorcorp to accept advance orders for R66 floats

Rotorcorp to accept advance orders for R66 floats

Source: Rotorcorp, 04-Jun-13

Montreal based Dart Aerospace has selected Rotorcorp, LLC to conduct advance orders and delivery of the company’s emergency float system for the Robinson R66 Helicopter; with the anticipated FAA approval of the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) at the end of the summer. “Helicopters find work where the roads end.  Utilization of the Dart R66 floats [...]

Canada Certifies Robinson R66

Canada Certifies Robinson R66

Source: Robinson, 03-Jun-13

On 31 May 2013, Transport Canada issued its type certificate for the R66. Thirteen U.S. registered R66 helicopters are currently operating in Canada, and Robinson will deliver another thirteen by the end of this year. Canadian certification reached a standstill until the FAA’s ELOS (Equivalent Level of Safety) finding that effectively removed an exemption in [...]

R66 lands at North Pole

R66 lands at North Pole

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-May-13

Russian Robinson distributor Aviamarket has landed a Robinson R66 on the North Pole for the first time. In an expedition between 2nd and 14th April, the company’s chief pilot Dmitry Rakitsky flew with Michael Farih to make the record breaking flight for a number of reasons. While the key target was the geographical achievement, the [...]

Helifilte WA Celeberates Five Years Of Operation

Helifilte WA Celeberates Five Years Of Operation

Source: Helifilte, 15-May-13

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 [...]

Canadian R66 certification nears

Canadian R66 certification nears

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Apr-13

Transport Canada is closing in on the announcement that it has certified the Robinson R66. In a similar way to Russia, Canada has recently accepted the ELOS document issued by the FAA – and that is the last key piece in the jigsaw. ELOS (Equivalent Level Of Safety) is a technical reassurance on the hydraulic [...]

Frank Robinson to receive 2013 Guggenheim Medal

Frank Robinson to receive 2013 Guggenheim Medal

Source: AIAA, 10-Apr-13

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. [...]

First R66 delivered in Bangladesh

First R66 delivered in Bangladesh

Source: Mornington Sanford Aviation, 27-Mar-13

Richard Mornington-Sanford of Mornington Sanford Aviation assist South Asian Airlines of Dhaka, Bangladesh to certify the first Robinson R66 Turbine in Country. The Robinson R66 Turbine, registration S2-AFC, serial number 0237, was shipped from RHC via sea freight to Chittagong where the helicopter was re-assembled and test flown. S2-AFC was then delivered to South Asian [...]

ATP releases five new Robinson libraries

ATP releases five new Robinson libraries

Source: ATP, 22-Mar-13

ATP has released 5 new libraries in support of Robinson Helicopters. They include 1 new Maintenance Library and 4 new Operator Libraries. The Maintenance Library includes the Maintenance Manuals, Parts Catalogs, Service Bulletins, ADs and Flight Manuals needed to maintain the R66 airframe. The Operators Libraries include the POH, ADs, MMEL, and AIM and are [...]

Russia orders 47 Robinson R66s

Russia orders 47 Robinson R66s

Source: Robinson, 21-Mar-13

HeliHub.com broke the story of Russian R66 certification ahead of the official press release from Robinson.  Now the latter is issued – see below – there are big order numbers being quoted and evidently Robinson have been happily taking orders and deposits ready for just this time.  Quite a contrasting situation in Europe, though.  Robinson [...]

Russia certifies the Robinson R66

Russia certifies the Robinson R66

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Mar-13

Robinson distributor Aerosoyuz has announced that the Interstate Aviation Committee – Russia’s type certification authority – has approved the Robinson R66. The company says that the issue of type certificate ST337-R66 has been delayed by at least a year due to the hydraulic issues that has delayed approval by key authorities including Transport Canada and [...]

Is EASA R66 debacle really Robinson’s fault?

Is EASA R66 debacle really Robinson’s fault?

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Mar-13

Robinson continues to work with the relevant authorities to get the turbine engined R66 certified in Russia, Canada and Europe – and a recent press release from Sloane Helicopters confirms that some progress is being made – indeed there is every indication that now the FAA has granted Robinson the ELOS (Equivalent Level of Safety) paperwork, certification [...]

UK allows uncertified R66 to fly commercially

UK allows uncertified R66 to fly commercially

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Mar-13

Here in the UK we have had some recent high-profile general media stories about huge international organisations avoiding tax. Household names including Amazon, Google and Starbucks were splashed across the headlines - each of them using various legal tactics to minimise their UK tax payment. While these activities may be ethically dubious, they are all perfectly [...]

Sloane Helicopters encouraged with R66 development

Sloane Helicopters encouraged with R66 development

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 07-Mar-13

Sloane Helicopters, the UK and Ireland Robinson Dealer since the mid 1970′s has, along with many other potential European buyers, been frustrated at the delays to EASA certification of the R66. During the original FAA certification of the R66, the FAA granted Robinson an exemption from the redundant control valve regulation. Several non US countries [...]

Aerobraze congratulates Robinson on R66 success

Aerobraze congratulates Robinson on R66 success

Source: Wall Colmonoy, 04-Mar-13

Aerobraze Engineered Technologies, a division of Wall Colmonoy, congratulates Robinson Helicopter on their introduction and success with the R66 Turbine Helicopters. Global demand for the R66 is a confirmation of the exceptional engineering for the powerful helicopter. AET Oklahoma City engineers were pleased to be asked to collaborate with Robinson in their design and manufacture of the [...]

Helitowcart launches dual wheels for R66 and R44

Helitowcart launches dual wheels for R66 and R44

Source: Helitowcart, 27-Feb-13

Helitowcart, a specialist in helicopter handling devices and accessories is now adding a new product: Dual Wheels compatible with the R44 and R66. Helitowcart wheels for Robinsons are known for their heavy duty construction for long term reliability. The company already offers multiple wheel models and configurations for Robinsons. This latest addition will cater to [...]

R66 Floats and cargo hook are Robinson’s top priority

R66 Floats and cargo hook are Robinson’s top priority

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jan-13

With a total of 191 R66s shipped in 2012, it’s clear that the company’s turbine helicopter is a great success, even without certification in Canada, Russia and most significantly the EASA countries in Europe. When making their annual statement on production numbers, Robinson noted that their top priority – based on customer demand – is [...]

Robinson 2012 production 45% up on 2011

Robinson 2012 production 45% up on 2011

Source: Robinson, 14-Jan-13

Robinson Helicopter’s production for 2012 was 517 helicopters – 191 R66s, 286 R44s and 40 R22s, a 45% increase over 2011’s production of 356. As in previous years, the majority of those sales (70%) went to foreign customers. Based on the backlog of new orders, Robinson anticipates 2013’s production numbers to surpass 2012’s. The current [...]

New Helicopter Service in Palau, Micronesia with R66

New Helicopter Service in Palau, Micronesia with R66

Source: Palau Helicopters, 10-Jan-13

The only one of its kind in Palau, pioneer dive shop Fish ‘n Fins just introduced a new helicopter service. Officially known as Palau Helicopters Inc., Fish ‘n Fins now owns and operates a brand new Robinson R66 turbine helicopter, which allows visitors to experience the beauty of Palau‘s Rock islands from the air. Scenic flight [...]

Nigerian Air Force take delivery of first two R66s

Nigerian Air Force take delivery of first two R66s

Source: Mornington-Sanford Aviation, 21-Dec-12

The Nigerian Air Force Invites the World Famous “Pink Shirt” (Richard Mornington-Sanford) to their base in Enugu to conduct a Robinson R66 with RR300 engine Type training Course and assemble their first two R66 helicopters. 11 technicians (including two members of the Nigerian Aviation Authority) attended the theoretical element of the course, which was conducted [...]

Kurt Robinson named to IHST Executive Committee

Kurt Robinson named to IHST Executive Committee

Source: IHST, 11-Dec-12

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), a worldwide organization leading a multi-year effort to enhance safety and reduce the civil helicopter accident rate, has added Robinson Helicopter Company President Kurt Robinson to its Executive Committee. Kurt Robinson heads the Robinson Helicopter Company, which is the world’s leading manufacturer of civil helicopters.  The company of nearly [...]

Robinson doubles R66 production rate

Robinson doubles R66 production rate

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-12

Robinson Helicopter Co have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they have doubled the R66 production rate from three a week at the start of 2012 to six a week at the back end of the year.  The company target is that the lead time for delivery should never be more than six months, and they had [...]

Mornington Sanford Aviation gain R66 Factory Maintenance Training Approval

Mornington Sanford Aviation gain R66 Factory Maintenance Training Approval

Source: Mornington Sanford Aviation, 25-Nov-12

Mornington Sanford Aviation have recently been approved by Robinson Helicopter Co as a provider of R66 Factory Maintenance Training.  This provides the company the ability to provide Worldwide maintenance training to either RHC factory or EASA Part 147 Type training standards. Richard Mornington-Sanford has forty years of experience in the aviation industry; 30 of these [...]

Redlands and Fontana Police departments share aerial coverage

Redlands and Fontana Police departments share aerial coverage

Source: San Bernardino Sun, 31-Oct-12

Two forces – one with a Robinson R44 (and expanding to R66) and one with a Cessna fixed-wing – to merge aviation operations (see full story)

Robinson Helicopter Co donates to area middle schools

Robinson Helicopter Co donates to area middle schools

Source: EasyReader, 07-Oct-12

Torrance-based Robinson Helicopter Co. donated $15,000 each to Palos Verdes and Torrance school districts. In PV the funds went toward building fabrication labs at each of three area middle schools. (see full story)

FAA certifies Robinson R66 Police variant

FAA certifies Robinson R66 Police variant

Source: Robinson, 23-Sep-12

On 7 September 2012, Robinson Helicopter Company received FAA certification for the R66 Turbine Police Helicopter. Robinson’s R66 Police model is specially configured for law enforcement and meets the latest FAA crashworthiness regulations. The four-place R66 Police helicopter combines R66 power, altitude performance, and capacity with the latest in surveillance systems. Turn-key ready, the R66 [...]

Baltimore Police start operating new EC120 fleet

Baltimore Police start operating new EC120 fleet

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Aug-12

Following the decision to replace their existing Eurocopter EC120 fleet, Baltimore Police have recently launched operations with the first of their four new helicopters – replacing the four old ones which are all at or close to their 12 year overhaul.  By taking new aircraft, the Maryland city has also been provided the opportunity to [...]

Update on Robinson lead times

Update on Robinson lead times

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Aug-12

HeliHub.com has heard that the projected lead times for new aircraft orders at Robinson are as follows, based on information sourced on 24th August: R22 – November 2012 Raven I – December 2012 Raven II – March 2013 R66 – June 2013 These projections are based on the current production schedule and are subject to [...]

New battery option for Robinson R66

New battery option for Robinson R66

Source: Concorde Battery, 27-Jul-12

Concorde Battery has developed a new lighter weight aircraft battery for turbine applications. The new RG-325 is 25 AH and FAA-TSO authorized. RG-325 was specifically constructed for turbine starting applications with the goal of a lighter weight, durably constructed battery that could sustain multiple turbine engine starts. With this in mind, rather than designing the [...]

European Robinson dealers call for EASA meeting over R66 certification

European Robinson dealers call for EASA meeting over R66 certification

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jul-12

Due to the ongoing delays in the European certification of the Robinson R66, Robinson dealers across the continent are calling for a meeting with two EASA representatives – namely Certification Director Dr. Norbert Lohl and the R66 validation project coordinator, Volker Arnsmeier. The move – led by British distributor Sloane Helicopters – is out of [...]

Current Robinson lead times for new orders

Current Robinson lead times for new orders

Source: Robinson, 10-Jul-12

Latest information from Robinson Helicopter Co in Torrance provides us with their lead times as at 29th June 2012.  If you place a deposit for a new R22, it will be delivered ex factory in October 2012.  For a R44 Raven I you are looking at November 2012, or a Raven II two months further [...]

UK R66 fleet reaches double figures

UK R66 fleet reaches double figures

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-12

The UK has for a long time been a Robinson sales stronghold, dating back to 1979 with Sloane Helicopters taking the dealership for the UK and the 18th R22 off the production line.  The UK Robinson fleet peaked in 2008 at 568 (231 R22s and 337 R44s), and even with the recession biting since, the [...]

R66 EASA Certification – Robinson provides update

R66 EASA Certification – Robinson provides update

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-12

HeliHub.com has heard that Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC) has this week updated distributors in EASA countries on the latest situation of the ongoing R66 certification issues – which focus on the hydraulic servo.  This situation has been dragging on for a long time, and some are even suggesting that a European manufacturer could be putting [...]

Heliflite’s Robinson safety courses a major success

Heliflite’s Robinson safety courses a major success

Source: Heliflite, 13-Jun-12

More than 100 pilots have attended Heliflite’s hosted Robinson Factory Pilot Safety Courses in Sydney, Melbourne & Wanaka (NZ) during late May and early June. All three courses were presented by Robinson Helicopter Company’s Chief Instructor and Test Pilot, Tim Tucker.   The Robinson Factory Pilot Safety Course caters for all pilots of all levels of experience [...]

Mornington Sanford Aviation assist with R66 certification in Malaysia

Mornington Sanford Aviation assist with R66 certification in Malaysia

Source: Mornington Sanford Aviation, 12-Jun-12

rnington Sanford Aviation assist Solaire Helicopters Sdn Bhd the Malaysian Robinson Helicopter Company Dealer, based in Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) in achieving Robinson R66 Type Certification (First of Type) in Malaysia. Richard conducted a Malaysian DCA approved R66 Airframe and RR300 engine Type Training Course over 6 days at [...]

Clubhouse talk – comparing the R66 with an EC120

Clubhouse talk – comparing the R66 with an EC120

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-12

You know how it is.  You go down to the clubhouse to have a drink with some friends, and inevitably the conversation will turn to aviation.  This time I was asked how I would compare the Eurocopter EC120 against a Robinson R66.  So we resorted to a comparison by numbers using brochures etc – and [...]

Heliflite plans three Robinson safety courses in Australia and New Zealand

Heliflite plans three Robinson safety courses in Australia and New Zealand

Source: Heliflite, 08-May-12

Heliflite, Australasia’s longest serving authorised Robinson distributor are holding Robinson Factory Pilot Safety Courses in Sydney, Melbourne & Wanaka (NZ) during late May/ early June. All three courses will be conducted by Robinson’s Chief Instructor and Test Pilot, Tim Tucker. The Wanaka course will be held at the Edgewater Resort, Sargood Drive, Wanaka from Thursday [...]

R66 certification – Canada closer, EASA still ongoing

R66 certification – Canada closer, EASA still ongoing

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Apr-12

Robinson Helicopter Co are continuing to work through a number of outstanding issues in getting the R66 certified in Europe by EASA.  THe main obstacle remains the design of the hydraulic servo.  EASA is evaluating what is referred to as an “Equivalent Level Of Safety” finding which is in progress between RHC and the FAA. [...]

Australia – Heliflite announces Robinson safety courses for May/June

Australia – Heliflite announces Robinson safety courses for May/June

Source: Heliflite, 28-Mar-12

Heliflite, Australasia’s longest serving authorised Robinson distributor are holding Robinson Factory Pilot Safety Courses in Sydney, Melbourne & Wanaka (NZ) during late May/ early June. All three courses will be conducted by Robinson’s Chief Instructor and Test Pilot, Tim Tucker. The Wanaka course will be held at the Edgewater Resort, Sargood Drive, Wanaka from Thursday [...]

Rotorcorp Supplier Program grabs attention of international Robinson operators

Rotorcorp Supplier Program grabs attention of international Robinson operators

Source: Rotorcorp, 27-Mar-12

Rotorcorp LLC, an authorized factory service center for American-Made Robinson Helicopter Company, is expanding its reach in the global helicopter parts market with a new program targeted at small parts and major component supply for Robinson’s model R22, R44 and new R66 Turbine helicopters. Rotorcorp Director of Operations Sean Casey says “Nearly half of the 10,000- strong Robinson [...]

NAC details its milestones with Robinson Helicopter Co

NAC details its milestones with Robinson Helicopter Co

Source: National Airways, 20-Mar-12

National Airways Corporation became a Robinson dealer in 1990 and was instrumental in bringing Robinson helicopters to South Africa. One of the first appointed dealers in the region, NAC took delivery of their first R22 in late 1990. Twenty one years later, NAC has proven to be an integral member of the Robinson dealer network. [...]

Review of Robinson R66, R44 and R22 lead times

Review of Robinson R66, R44 and R22 lead times

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Mar-12

Information made available in the last week by a distributor of Robinson Helicopter Co shows that the lead times for delivery of new aircraft are: R22 Beta II – September 2012 R44 Raven I – October 2012 R44 Raven II – November 2012 R66 Turbine – May 2013 We note that the R66 order backlog [...]