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Robinson offers Garmin G500H on R44 Raven II and Cadet

Robinson offers Garmin G500H on R44 Raven II and Cadet

Robinson has announced that the Garmin G500H Avionics Display System is now an option on new R44 Raven II and Cadet helicopters. Already available on the R66 Turbine, the G500H system is a combination Primary Flight Display and Multifunction Display (PFD/MFD) which provides flight instrumentation, moving map navigation, and situational awareness on dual screens. Garmin’s… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 12-Jul-16

UK – Elite Helicopters to open second base

UK – Elite Helicopters to open second base

Elite Helicopters – a British operator which has been flying for 21 years – has announced they will be opening a second base.  The chosen location is Fairoaks Airport on the south-west suburbs of London.  The company originally started flying from White Waltham airfield, but has been located at Goodwood for the vast majority of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jun-16

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Toledo Police may quit air ops after failing to budget for R44 overhaul

Toledo Police may quit air ops after failing to budget for R44 overhaul

Police in the Ohio city of Toledo are considering getting out of air operations as the mandatory overhaul on their Robinson R44 registered N135WB approaches, and they are without the budget to achieve it.  The city took delivery of their police-equipped R44 in 2001, with finance coming from a federal grant and department funds. Local… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-16

High Tide Helicopters battle residents to start tours at Carolina Beach

High Tide Helicopters battle residents to start tours at Carolina Beach

High Tide Helicopters would like to start helicopter rides in a Robinson R44 from Carolina Beach in North Carolina, and believe they have sufficient business from visitors to the area to substantiate one mid-week day of flying per week between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year.  So that’s 16 days flying per year. High… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-May-16

FAA certifies Robinson R44 Cadet

FAA certifies Robinson R44 Cadet

On 6 May 2016, Robinson Helicopter Company received FAA certification for its two-place R44 Cadet helicopter. Combining the best of the R22 and R44, Robinson believes the Cadet’s modest price of $339,000 (with floats $367,000) will appeal to the training market as well as operators that want the economy of a small helicopter with the… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 10-May-16

FAA and Transport Canada approve R44 hook from Onboard Systems

FAA and Transport Canada approve R44 hook from Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its new Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit for the Robinson R44 Raven II aircraft has been STC certified by the FAA and Transport Canada. Onboard has also submitted this kit to EASA for certification in Europe. Onboard’s Remote Hook… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 27-Apr-16

26-Mar-16 C-GAWZ Robinson R44 Redfern Lake, Canada

on a local pleasure flight from a private facility at Redfern Lake, BC. As the pilot attempted a landing at approximately 7800 feet ASL near the edge of a cirque, the aircraft encountered descending air on final. The pilot elected to continue the approach and increased the collective to maintain the sight picture. The pilot… Read more »

26-Mar-16

First New Zealand R44 for two years on order via Oceania Aviation

First New Zealand R44 for two years on order via Oceania Aviation

Oceania Aviation, the Robinson helicopter distributor for New Zealand’s South Island, has accepted an order for a brand new Robinson R44 from leading Tourist Operator, Southern Lakes Helicopters. The soon-to-be-imported aircraft will be the first new R44 to arrive in New Zealand for over 2 years. With over 160 R44 models registered in New Zealand,… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 23-Mar-16

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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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Frasca delivers R44 FTD to Chinese operator

Frasca delivers R44 FTD to Chinese operator

Frasca International, Inc. announces that Sky Safari General Aviation Co, Ltd., Shanghai, China, has taken delivery of a new FRASCA R44 Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD). The FRASCA R44FTD is a high fidelity simulator for the Robinson R44 helicopter. The simulator cockpit accurately replicates the R44 aircraft, including panels, controls and instrumentation. Additional features… Read more »

Source: FRASCA, 23-Feb-16

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Robinson taking non-refundable deposits on new R44 Cadet

Robinson taking non-refundable deposits on new R44 Cadet

Robinson is officially accepting orders for its new two-place R44 Cadet. The introductory price with standard equipment is $339,000 USD, the float equipped version is $367,000 USD, and the required non-refundable deposit is $40,000 USD. Serial numbers will not be assigned and delivery dates will not be confirmed until FAA certification is complete. The R44… Read more »

Source: RHC, 22-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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Top 10 stories on HeliHub.com in 2015

Top 10 stories on HeliHub.com in 2015

In 2015, we published a total of 3,298 news stories on HeliHub.com to keep the global helicopter industry fully up-to-date with the news from all corners of our planet – approximately 13 stories every working day of the year.  We publish a wide range of stories, some from press releases, others from postings made by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-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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09-Dec-15 N4427H Robinson R44 West Palm Beach, US-Florida

Accident reported on NTSB website without further details

09-Dec-15

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02-Dec-15 ZS-SDJ Robinson R44 II Musiva, South Africa (2F)

Both occupants suffered fatal injuries when this R44 went down in the Limpopo region of South Africa. The pair were named as De Klerk van Heerden and Roxanne van der Bank

02-Dec-15

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Santa Claus holds up pilot to steal R44 in Brazil

Santa Claus holds up pilot to steal R44 in Brazil

Brazilian police are hunting for a Sao Paulo Santa Claus who kicked off the Christmas shopping season by stealing a helicopter. See Full Story

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 30-Nov-15

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Robinson confirm HeliHub story on new R44 Cadet

Robinson confirm HeliHub story on new R44 Cadet

Following HeliHub.com SCOOP stories last week and yesterday, Robinson have now put out the following press release which fills the gaps not previously available. Robinson Helicopter Company plans to debut the R44 Cadet, a two place R44, in the first quarter of 2016. While suitable for a wide variety of utilitarian applications, Robinson developed the… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 18-Nov-15

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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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Robinson working on new R44 model

Robinson working on new R44 model

In the last few days, Robinson Helicopter Company have put a new R44 on the FAA register.  No big deal, many will think. HeliHub.com takes a different view and regularly reviews data at airframe level and we think it is a big deal. Big enough deal for all our sources to be sworn to secrecy,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-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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Spanish Police impound three helicopters and pilots on drug smuggling allegations

Spanish Police impound three helicopters and pilots on drug smuggling allegations

Spanish Police have recently announced that they impounded three helicopters in the last year which they believe have been used in drug smuggling operations between Morocco and Spain – photos of two of these are shown below.  They believe they have broken two criminal organisations, and arrested a total of 15 and seized 810kg of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-15

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16-Oct-15 N443MM Robinson R44 II Lincoln Park, US-Illinois

Emergency landing in the parking lot outside a store after reported fuel problems.  No Damage apparent in press photos

16-Oct-15

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07-Oct-15 ZS-HIG Robinson R44 Lephalale, South Africa

Helicopter crashed, injuring vet Niel Kriel and game keeper Dirk Uys

07-Oct-15

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07-Oct-15 VH-ZWA Robinson R44 Darwin, Australia

During takeoff, the helicopter rolled over. The pilot, the only person on board, received minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

07-Oct-15

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05-Oct-15 N442RP Robinson R44 Parkston, US-South Dakota

R44 with four POB crashed at the AgLand Cooperative fertilizer plant. Images show (1) tail boom sliced by main rotor blades and (2) heavy damage to the front of the cabin and all occupants injured, with two treated locally at Avera St. Benedict Hospital and two with more serious injuries transferred to a more equipped medical… Read more »

05-Oct-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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14-Sep-15 N442CF Robinson R44 Kingsville, US-Texas

Force landing in field

14-Sep-15

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09-Sep-15 C-GZFX Robinson R44 Foleyet, Canada (2F)

Helicopter crashed into trees, dropping vertically nose-first between the trees down to the ground, killing both on board – named as 24-year-old Jeremie Belanger and 41-year-old Ken Mielke – both were pilots were pilots for Apex Helicopters, which was performing aerial spraying for a forestry company in the area. CADORS 2015O2625

09-Sep-15

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07-Sep-15 RA-04151 Robinson R44 Baltasinsky, Russia

During a hard landing in a field with low-level crop (presumably an emergency landing?), the helicopter rocked back onto its tail, resulting in the tail rotor gearbox and tail shearing off.   Rest of helicopter appears unscathed, apart from the skids being splayed out as a result of the heavy landing.

07-Sep-15

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Robinson expands R44 & R66 Autopilot and Aspen package

Robinson expands R44 & R66 Autopilot and Aspen package

The same Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS (Helicopter Stability Augmentation System) and autopilot that was FAA approved on the R66 earlier this year is now available on Robinson’s top selling R44. The R44 autopilot option has all of the same modes and functionality as the R66 including basic stability augmentation, heading hold, altitude hold, navigation signal tracking,… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 04-Sep-15

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28-Aug-15 N440SA Robinson R44 Cheyenne, US-Wyoming

The helicopter landed hard from an altitude of about 15 feet and slid about 8 to 10 feet. Both skids were spread apart and broken and the helicopter came to rest on its fuselage. Both tail rotor blades separated and the vertical stabilizer was damaged. There was some buckling of the fuselage. The tail boom… Read more »

28-Aug-15

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25-Aug-15 N444KD Robinson R44 Ketchum, US-Oklahoma

Pilot John Marcotte suffered minor injuries. Tail boom sliced in two places, helicopter ended on its starboard side in a hay field – approx one mile out after departing local airfield

25-Aug-15

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22-Aug-15 Robinson R44 College Station, US-Texas

Clipped tree and crashed to the ground during filming operations.  Wayne Bomstad received minor injuries.  Pilot Jacob Oliver was still in hospital four days later according to this report.

22-Aug-15

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17-Aug-15 G-LHXL Robinson R44 Goodwood, UK

Large taildragger fixed wing (Boeing Stearman N56200) taxied directly into the parked and unattended R44, causing extensive damage to cabin, avionics etc.

17-Aug-15

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British R44 pilot fined for downwash incident

British R44 pilot fined for downwash incident

TORBAY millionaire hotel owner Keith Richardson has been fined £3,000 after his helicopter caused a parasol to take off and strike a teenage guest. See Full Story

Source: Torquay Herald Express, 10-Aug-15

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08-Aug-15 RA-04383 Robinson R44 Alehnovo, Russia (4F)

Mid-air with Cessna U206F Floatplane RA-67523 killing all four in the R44 and five in the Cessna.  Initial reports say the Cessna pilot was taking off in the evening into the sun and likely did not see the helicopter

08-Aug-15

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Aberta Dinosaur Museum premiers helicopter tours

Aberta Dinosaur Museum premiers helicopter tours

Leading up to the September 3rd soft opening, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum will begin offering helicopter tours from August 5th throughout the summer over one of the world’s densest dinosaur bone-bed sites. The tours will showcase stunning aerial views of the museum, Pipestone Creek and Wapiti River, snaking through heavily wooded terrain to the mass gravesite of… Read more »

Source: Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, 06-Aug-15

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01-Aug-15 OO-KMN Robinson R44 Belgium

Date is estimated, and may be any time in the range 23-Jun (last known flight) to 05-Aug, when the helicopter was seen damaged on a trailer in the insurance compound at Fairoaks Airport in the UK. Helicopter looks mostly complete, but tail boom a little bent and the lower part of the tail is bent… Read more »

01-Aug-15

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27-Jul-15 5Y-HCC Robinson R44 Karuga, Kenya

Landing accident with helicopter ending on its starboard side.  3 POB not serious injured

27-Jul-15

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24-Jul-15 C-FRAP Robinson R44 Strathroy, Canada

Helicopter was being used to spray fungicide on fields of corn. The pilot approached and overflew one field checking for hazards and wind conditions, and then began a spray swath across the field. Midway through the first swath, the pilot heard the low rotor horn sound. Manually rolling the throttle up did not prevent the… Read more »

24-Jul-15

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16-Jul-15 N804DF Robinson R44 Fentress, US-Texas

Force landing in field.  3 POB.  Minor damage

16-Jul-15

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15-Jul-15 N8337Z Robinson R44 Sandusky, US-Michigan

Helicopter landed at a manufacturing business, severing powerline.  After brief stop on the ground – and “the authorities had arrived at the scene“, the helicopter took off again and departed the area

15-Jul-15

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14-Jul-15 VH-VOH Robinson R44 Alice Springs, Australia

During mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage (photo). The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the helicopter, sustained minor injuries. Final report says “According to the Carburettor Icing Probability chart, the conditions indicated a high probability of serious carburettor icing at descent power.”

14-Jul-15

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12-Jul-15 N577AT Robinson R44 Viola, US-Tennessee

Substantially damaged after hitting wires during agricultural operations

12-Jul-15

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10-Jul-15 C-FTJG Robinson R44 Canmore, Canada

There were no reported injuries among the 4 souls on board. Search and rescue located the site via emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal and extracted the occupants. Unknown damage to the aircraft. CADORS 2015C2524

10-Jul-15

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01-Jul-15 N824DK Robinson R44 Gettysburg, US-South Dakota

Clipped a power line on climb-out at 9.30pm, landed and skidded on a highway and came to a stop in a ditch

01-Jul-15

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27-Jun-15 RA-05765 Robinson R44 Tisulskom, Russia (3F)

After striking a low level wire, the pilot elected to land on the shoreline (or sandbank?) of a river.  On subsequent take-off the pilot lost control and crashed – photo shows it on a rocky shoreline.

27-Jun-15

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25-Jun-15 G-CDXX Robinson R44 Leicester, UK

Take off accident, helicopter fell onto its side.  One minor injury

25-Jun-15

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25-Jun-15 G-CDXX Robinson R44 II Leicester, UK

The pilot was intending to make a local flight and having completed his pre-flight checks, gradually increased the rotor rpm to about 80%. From the CCTV it can be observed that at about this time, the helicopter rapidly yawed to the left and rotated through about 290° before tipping over onto its right side. The… Read more »

25-Jun-15

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Contact Aviation Completes Cool City Avionics R44 Autopilot Installation

Contact Aviation Completes Cool City Avionics R44 Autopilot Installation

Cool City Avionics congratulates Contact Aviation in Waterford, Michigan on the successful completion of their first Cool City Avionics HAP-100 autopilot installation. The installation was completed on a Robinson R-44 helicopter. John Shirk, Managing Director of Contact Aviation, reports: “The HAP-100 was delivered on time, on budget, squawk free, and is performing perfectly.” Most importantly,… Read more »

Source: Cool City Avionics, 24-Jun-15

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Australia – CASA calls on FAA and EASA to act over R44 bladder tanks

Australia – CASA calls on FAA and EASA to act over R44 bladder tanks

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has called on US and European regulators to improve the safety of helicopter fuel systems. See Full Story

Source: Australian Flying, 22-Jun-15

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21-Jun-15 N305CG Robinson R44 Danville, US-Arkansas

Force landing in field, aircraft destroyed

21-Jun-15

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14-Jun-15 VH-KJJ Robinson R44 Timber Creek, Australia (1F)

The aircraft collided with terrain while conducting aerial agriculture operations. The pilot, the only person on board, died as a result of the accident – named here as Dougal Brett

14-Jun-15

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Brazil approves Simplex spray system for R44

Brazil approves Simplex spray system for R44

Simplex Aerospace has been granted validation of Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Brazilian Agencia Nacional de Dviacao Civil (ANAC) for its Model 244 Agricultural Spray System for the Robinson R44 helicopter. The Brazilian ANAC approval, CST# 2015S05-06, gives Brazilian helicopter operators the opportunity to meet contract requirements in Brazil’s growing agricultural industry. The Brazil… Read more »

Source: Simplex, 12-Jun-15

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12-Jun-15 CC-PTR Robinson R44 El Rosario, Chile

Crashed into a tree on approach to airport.  The pilot, Juan Manuel Urrutia was slightly injured, while his passenger was uninjured.

12-Jun-15

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22-May-15 Robinson R44 Bumbu River, Papua New Guinea

Crashed into a shallow river, possibly after hitting wires.  4 POB rescued OK.  Even if the helicopter survived in a rebuildable state, the locals manage to pull it apart sufficiently in this video that it is most unlikely to be rebuilt.  This tweet claims it was unregistered.  The occupants were all from Frabelle Fishing, a… Read more »

22-May-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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24-Apr-15 N7371T Robinson R44 Lakeland, US-Florida

Blade damaged while helicopter being fueled.  The location and date suggest that this was at the Sun’N’Fun event

24-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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22-Apr-15 HS-PLL Robinson R44 Koh Kret, Thailand

Crashed and ended on its port side in farm field. Female passenger slightly wounded, while the two men were transported by a local rescue team to Chonpratan Hospital

22-Apr-15

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22-Apr-15 F-HLOU Robinson R44 Lyon, France

Date assumed given posting date of the incident on Facebook.  Helicopter had been peppered with over 100 lead shots from close range, causing damage the tail boom close to the root

22-Apr-15

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03-Apr-15 ZS-HFO Robinson R44 Coniston, South Africa

Very heavy autorotation landing resulted in skids being ripped off and helicopter coming to rest on its starboard side. Owner reported in his own Facebook post that this was after the “newly fitted Lycoming Engine had just 15 minutes of flight time and lost power on its second flight approx 10 minutes after take off”,… Read more »

03-Apr-15

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29-Mar-15 OK-RRJ Robinson R44 Modrava, Czech Republic (1F)

Crashed into trees shortly after take-off from a site described as ” inaccessible” – pilot reported to have stayed the night in a cottage in the woods.  Weather mentioned as a possible factor in some reports

29-Mar-15

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22-Mar-15 N30242 Robinson R44 Orlando, US-Florida (3F)

R44 went down two miles west of the airport it took off from, crashing into a house and killing the pilot and two passengers – later named here as Bruce Teitelbaum, 48, and Marsha Khan, 55,  and Harry Anderson, 42

22-Mar-15

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20-Mar-15 N701CT Robinson R44 Hot Springs, US-Arkansas

While landing at his own helipad, the pilot said the ground gave way beneath the pad causing the tail rotor to strike the dirt. This caused the helicopter to spin uncontrollably, and it ended up in nearby trees

20-Mar-15

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US flight schools exploit GI Bill loophole

US flight schools exploit GI Bill loophole

For some flight schools that train helicopter pilots, the GI Bill that took effect in 2009 was a windfall the government never intended. See Full Story

Source: Los Angeles Times, 18-Mar-15

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Vanuatu / Cyclone Pam – Garden City Helicopters to the rescue

Vanuatu / Cyclone Pam – Garden City Helicopters to the rescue

New Zealand operator Garden City Helicopters has sent an AS350 and a BK117 to Vanuatu to help with the ongoing humanitarian aid operation in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Pam, which hit the archipelago country on Saturday 14th.  President Baldwin Lonsdale is quoted as saying the storm has wiped out all development of recent… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-15

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13-Mar-15 ZK-IWL Robinson R44 French Pass, New Zealand (1F)

Heilcopter struck wires crossing an 800m wide sea inlet known as French Pass between D’Urville Island and the mainland.  Sole occupant pilot named as Ian John Simcox, 65, from Blenheim was killed

13-Mar-15

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13-Mar-15 N702TF Robinson R44 Hammerton, US-New Jersey

Emergency, with no apparent damage from press photo

13-Mar-15

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12-Mar-15 EW-249LH Robinson R44 Kobrin, Belarus

Fell onto side in landing accident.  No injuries to 4 POB

12-Mar-15

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10-Mar-15 RA-06397 Robinson R44 Barlak, Russia

Helicopter damaged, but no details on circumstances.  pilot not injured

10-Mar-15

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FRASCA International Introduces New Simulator Technology

FRASCA International Introduces New Simulator Technology

FRASCA International, Inc. Urbana, IL, has developed three new simulation technologies to enhance training capabilities of their flight simulators. These include SimTracker™, SimAssist™ and TruCue™. SimTracker™ is FRASCA’s new cloud based utility that helps manage your flight simulators and meet your regulatory quality management needs. Features include: live availability and usage reporting, simplified discrepancy &… Read more »

Source: FRASCA, 09-Mar-15

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FRASCA Provides R44 Helicopter Simulator to China

FRASCA Provides R44 Helicopter Simulator to China

FRASCA International, Inc. Urbana, IL will provide a CAAC Level 5 TruFlite™ R44/S300 convertible Flight Training Device (FTD) to Xilin Fengteng GA Corporation, Guanghang, Sichuan Province, China. The company is the largest helicopter corporation in the Southwest of China with twelve helicopters and 35 pilots and offers helicopter medical, business and training for PPL and… Read more »

Source: FRASCA, 09-Mar-15

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05-Mar-15 F-GOLT Robinson R44 Beaune, France

Extensively damaged – hired by PPL from Hélitravaux.  3 POB all to hospital.

05-Mar-15

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