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Robinson and film producer sued by victim’s relatives over low-level R44 crash and burn-out

Robinson and film producer sued by victim’s relatives over low-level R44 crash and burn-out

6-Nov-2013Source: Variety

The family of a passenger killed in an R44 crash during the production of the documentary “DeepSea Challenge” has filed a wrongful death suit against James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment as well as Robinson and others.  See full story More information on the safety page for this accident – 04-Feb-12 VH-COK Robinson R44 Jaspers Brush, Australia (2F)... Read more

Horry County council approves Huffman Helicopters lease renewal in Myrtle Beach

Horry County council approves Huffman Helicopters lease renewal in Myrtle Beach

2-Oct-2013Source: WBTW

Huffman Helicopters gets their lease renewed despite noise concerns at the location of their heliport in Myrtle Beach  see full story... Read more

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

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

2-Oct-2013Source: HeliHub.com

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

Switzerland – Bonsai Helikopter renamed to Helialpin

Switzerland – Bonsai Helikopter renamed to Helialpin

30-Sep-2013Source: HeliHub.com

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

Helicopter Pilot School Scholarship established in Baton Rouge

Helicopter Pilot School Scholarship established in Baton Rouge

29-Sep-2013Source: Guidance Aviation

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

Spatial disorientation likely caused fatal 2011 R44 crash in Canada

Spatial disorientation likely caused fatal 2011 R44 crash in Canada

29-Sep-2013Source: TSB Canada

A helicopter pilot who took off more than an hour after sunset  likely crashed after becoming spatially disoriented, according to an investigation report (A11Q0168) released today by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB). The accident, which occurred on 27 August 2011, killed the pilot and the three other occupants shortly after takeoff. All had been flying in... Read more

Heli Air opens its first base in Scotland

Heli Air opens its first base in Scotland

2-Sep-2013Source: Heli Air

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

Star Helicopters appointed tour operator for 12th Annual Wings Wheel Rotors & Expo

Star Helicopters appointed tour operator for 12th Annual Wings Wheel Rotors & Expo

20-Aug-2013Source: Star Helicopters

Star Helicopters, a popular Southern California helicopter tour company, is once again the proud official tour operator of the Wings Wheel Rotor & Expo show. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, October 27 at the Los Alamitos Army Airfield, joint Forces Training Base. A portion of the proceeds from helicopter tours during the show... Read more

Bristow Academy Adds Glass Cockpit Technology to R44 Training Fleet

Bristow Academy Adds Glass Cockpit Technology to R44 Training Fleet

13-Aug-2013Source: Bristow Academy

Bristow Academy Inc., a division of Bristow Group Inc., today announced that its first four R44 Raven 1 training helicopters with the Garmin 500H electronic flight display have been introduced into service. Bristow Academy trainees flying this R44 aircraft will be using dual 6.5-inch LCDs, mounted side-by-side in the bezel, with both Primary Flight Display... Read more

Donaldson offers filters for Robinson R22s, R44s

Donaldson offers filters for Robinson R22s, R44s

29-Jul-2013Source: Donaldson

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

Robinson Introduces Reusable Engine Air Filters for R22 and R44

Robinson Introduces Reusable Engine Air Filters for R22 and R44

23-Jul-2013Source: Rotorcorp

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

Bristow Academy introduces fourth R44 IR trainer

Bristow Academy introduces fourth R44 IR trainer

17-Jul-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Bristow Academy have announced on their Facebook page that their fourth glass cockpit instrument trainer has arrived at their base at Titusville in Florida.  The panel includes a full Garmin G500H fit.  The ramp photo here is of their third R44 IR trainer N448BA as the photo of the fourth one – N449BA – is... Read more

Rebtech supports Estonia Air Force with NVG Technology

Rebtech supports Estonia Air Force with NVG Technology

17-Jul-2013Source: Rebtech

Texas-based night vision technology lighting leader, REBTECH, has recently completed a contract to modify four Robinson R44 helicopters for the Estonian Air Force. The installation included the modification of all aircraft lighting, which is based on REBTECH’s NVG Supplemental Type Certificated (STC), and was provided by REBTECH technicians on location at the Estonian Air Force... Read more

Sweden – Heliholding acquires Copterflyg

Sweden – Heliholding acquires Copterflyg

16-Jul-2013Source: Nordic Rotors

Heliholding AB of Östersund announces that it has acquired the helicopter company Copterflyg AB of Kilafors. The investment has been made in order to strengthen Heliholding’s presence in the European helicopter market and to add valuable elements to the Heliholding group. Heliholding has a profound experience in the helicopter industry. It owns the sales company Storm Heliworks... Read more

Phoenix Helicopters reports best ever British Grand Prix

Phoenix Helicopters reports best ever British Grand Prix

3-Jul-2013Source: Phoenix Helicopters

The formula one championship came to Silverstone last weekend to a sell out British crowd. The Silverstone grand prix is one of the most popular rounds on the F1 calendar and is famous for its helicopter activity. Phoenix Helicopters have always had a busy weekend when the British GP comes around but this year was... Read more

Sloane Helicopters launches Ibiza-based service

Sloane Helicopters launches Ibiza-based service

2-Jul-2013Source: Sloane Helicopters

Established in Mallorca since 1995, Sloane Helicopters has made an exciting decision to base a four-seater Robinson R44 aircraft in Ibiza for various dates throughout summer 2013. Flying in and out of Ibiza Airport, the Company will offer heli-sightseeing trips and a platform for aerial photography. Chief Pilot, Jonny Greenall, says, “We’ve enjoyed a fabulous 18 years... Read more

Precision Aviation Services appointed Robinson Service Center and Dealer

Precision Aviation Services appointed Robinson Service Center and Dealer

27-Jun-2013Source: Precision Aviation Services

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

Heli Air move into Scotland with purchase of Scotia Helicopters

Heli Air move into Scotland with purchase of Scotia Helicopters

24-Jun-2013Source: HeliHub.com

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

Two R44s committed to fight against rhino poaching

Two R44s committed to fight against rhino poaching

15-May-2013Source: IOL

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has given the green light for a R4-million sponsorship of two anti-rhino poaching helicopters as well as securing two fixed-wing aircraft to bolster the fight against the onslaught of rhino poaching in KZN. (See Full Story)... Read more

Helifilte WA Celeberates Five Years Of Operation

Helifilte WA Celeberates Five Years Of Operation

15-May-2013Source: Helifilte

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

Tour operator expands in Orange Beach with second heliport

Tour operator expands in Orange Beach with second heliport

13-May-2013Source: Alabama Media Group

A helicopter tour and charter business continues to expand in the city with the council’s approval of a second heliport this week. (See Full Story)... Read more

Colorado Heli-Ops expands with two more helicopters

Colorado Heli-Ops expands with two more helicopters

7-May-2013Source: Colorado Heli-Ops

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

Australia grounds R44s without bladder tanks

Australia grounds R44s without bladder tanks

7-May-2013Source: Sky News

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has issued an order grounding all Robinson R44 helicopters that have not undergone a recently ordered safety upgrade. (See Full Story)... Read more

EASA approves Aspen Avionics in Robinson R44

EASA approves Aspen Avionics in Robinson R44

30-Apr-2013Source: Aspen Avionics

Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the innovative Evolution Flight Display System, announced today the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for installation of Aspen Evolution H-series Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) and Multi-function Flight Displays (MFDs) into the Robinson R44 and R44 II model helicopters. Previously announced for N-registered aircraft, this expanded Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from... Read more

Appeal made for Montreal R44 axe vandal

Appeal made for Montreal R44 axe vandal

29-Apr-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Robinson specialist Rotorcorp has posted an online video to help the appeal to track down an axe-wielding vandal who seriously damaged a Robinson R44. The helicopter was parked outside overnight in Montreal Canada on Friday 19th April 2013, when someone. Damage to the tail boom and most windows is evident from the video, as well... Read more

EASA approves 31 more Lycoming engines for UL91 fuel

EASA approves 31 more Lycoming engines for UL91 fuel

24-Apr-2013Source: Lycoming

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

New helicopter license at the age of 76

New helicopter license at the age of 76

15-Apr-2013Source: Nordic Rotors

On March 11 Sweden got a new helicopter pilot, a pilot who passed his skill test at the age of 76. Mr Erik Öinert, a former fighter pilot, gained his private helicopter license (PPL-H) after training with flight instructor Svein Martinsen in Helicopter Assistance’s R44 SE-JOE. As implied, Erik is not new to flying. In... Read more

New Zealand proposes AD to force R44 bladder tank issue

New Zealand proposes AD to force R44 bladder tank issue

11-Apr-2013Source: NZ CAA

The CAA proposes the following new Airworthiness Directive requiring the replacement of aluminium fuel tanks on Robinson R44 series aircraft with new bladder-type tanks of improved resistance to post-accident rupture. The AD is prompted by reports of three Robinson R44 accidents in Australia involving fuel tank ruptures and fires. These accidents resulted in the loss... Read more

Frank Robinson to receive 2013 Guggenheim Medal

Frank Robinson to receive 2013 Guggenheim Medal

10-Apr-2013Source: AIAA

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

Tourist sues South African R44 pilot after crash

Tourist sues South African R44 pilot after crash

10-Apr-2013Source: IOL NEWS

Argentine passenger in R44 accident sues the pilot – her boyfriend’s father (see full story).... Read more

Tour operator vows to fly helicopters quietly

Tour operator vows to fly helicopters quietly

8-Apr-2013Source: Florida Today

This site is across the highway from Xtreme Fun at Jungle Village, and he plans to lease a Robinson R44 he calls the Honda of helicopters (see full story)... Read more

Australia may ground R44s without bladder tank upgrade

Australia may ground R44s without bladder tank upgrade

5-Apr-2013Source: ATSB

Robinson R44 helicopters that have not been fitted with upgraded fuel tanks face being grounded from 30 April 2013. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has issued a direction to all affected R44 helicopter operators about the installation of flexible fuel tanks to reduce the risk of post-accident fires. CASA has made it clear that R44... Read more

Bravo Helicopters owner dies in R44 accident

Bravo Helicopters owner dies in R44 accident

4-Apr-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Miami-Dade Police have today issued a statement naming Mark Palmieri, aged 53, as the deceased pilot of the R44 which came down in a fatal crash close to Tamiami Airport yesterday. Palmieri was the owner of Bravo Helicopters, which was based at the airport. There is no indication at this time as to the cause... Read more

R44 in fatal NSW crash had not had bladder tank upgrade

R44 in fatal NSW crash had not had bladder tank upgrade

25-Mar-2013Source: The Australian

An R44 that burst into flames when it crashed south of Sydney, killing four people, was fitted with older-style fuel tanks known to pose a fire hazard (See Full Story).... Read more

ATP releases five new Robinson libraries

ATP releases five new Robinson libraries

22-Mar-2013Source: ATP

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... Read more

Helicopter prison escape in Canada succeeds

Helicopter prison escape in Canada succeeds

18-Mar-2013Source: The Daily Observer

Four people are in custody including two inmates of a maximum-security jail who made a brazen daylight escape when a hijacked helicopter dropped a cable to the convicts and flew off (see full story).  The successful escape was then curtailed when Quebec Provincial Police tracked down the escapee, who gave himself up peacefully.... Read more

Maintenance cloth caused R44 accident in Sweden

Maintenance cloth caused R44 accident in Sweden

18-Mar-2013Source: Nordic Rotors

The Swedish Accident Investigation Board (Statens Haverikommission, SHK) has published its final report after an accident that occurred on 6 September 2011 in Ånn, close to Åre, involving a Norwegian helicopter with the registration LN-OAB. The aircraft, a Robinson R44 Astro, was taking off for a private flight with three people onboard when the engine... Read more

Sevier County Sheriff gets airborne with R44

Sevier County Sheriff gets airborne with R44

15-Mar-2013Source: Seymour Herald

Public Safety Aviation, a public private partnership, held a presentation conference to highlight the benefits of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department new helicopter patrol Feb. 22 (see full story)... Read more

Helidecks releases cockpit guide/checklist iPad apps for AW109 and R44

Helidecks releases cockpit guide/checklist iPad apps for AW109 and R44

28-Feb-2013Source: Helidecks Software Solutions

Helidecks Software Solutions has released a series of cockpit guide and checklist apps for the AW109 and R44 helicopters. A professional-grade pilots checklist, the app is designed to provide pilots and instructors with an easy-to-follow challenge and response style set of checklists. The app is available to purchase through the Apple iTunes store. for use... Read more

Helitowcart launches dual wheels for R66 and R44

Helitowcart launches dual wheels for R66 and R44

27-Feb-2013Source: Helitowcart

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... Read more

Obituary – Helicopter leasing specialist Matthew L. Spitzer

Obituary – Helicopter leasing specialist Matthew L. Spitzer

20-Feb-2013Source: HAI

Matthew L. Spitzer, musician, entrepreneur, and flying enthusiast, passed away in Hayward, Calif. on February 8, 2013. Matthew was born June 20, 1929, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and raised in Niagara Falls, N.Y. A talented professional pianist with perfect pitch, Matthew played in the Niagara Falls/Buffalo area both solo and with The Billy Howells Band. Matthew... Read more

Rotorcorp solves crankshaft replacement problem for R44 owners

Rotorcorp solves crankshaft replacement problem for R44 owners

18-Feb-2013Source: Rotorcorp

Airworthiness Directive 2012-19-01  has been issued by the FAA in September of 2012 for certain O540 and IO-540 engines installed in Robinson R44 helicopters. RotorCorp has arranged for priority pricing on Lycoming factory overhauled and rebuilt zero time engines that renders this new AD a non-issue for R44 helicopter owners around the world. The AD... Read more

NTSB sending investigators to assist with R44 accident in Paraguay

NTSB sending investigators to assist with R44 accident in Paraguay

5-Feb-2013Source: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending investigators to assist in the investigation of a Robinson R44 II helicopter that crashed about 80 miles north of Asuncion, Paraguay. Initial reports indicate that the pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The investigation is being led by the Paraguay Civil Aviation Authority (CIPAA). The NTSB has... Read more

Paraguayan presidential candidate killed in R44 crash

Paraguayan presidential candidate killed in R44 crash

3-Feb-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Presidential candidate Lino Oviedo, aged 69, died in an accident involving the Robinson R44 he was flying in on Saturday night.  The accident also claimed the lives of his bodyguard Derlis Galeano, and the pilot, Ramón Aurelio Picco. Our safety data pages have more details at 02-Feb-13 ZP-HAH Robinson R44 Puerto Antequera, Paraguay (3F) Some... Read more

Court orders refund of Topeka Police R44 down payment

Court orders refund of Topeka Police R44 down payment

3-Feb-2013Source: Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Supreme Court upholds the decision of a lower court to invalidate a 2008 contract for Topeka Police to buy an R44 after the down payment of $74,000 had been paid.  (see full story here – and the documentation from the court here)... Read more

Gemini Helicopters issues statement on fatal R44 crash

Gemini Helicopters issues statement on fatal R44 crash

30-Jan-2013

“In the evening of January 27, 2013 Gemini was alerted of an overdue helicopter with a last known location approximately 77 kilometers southwest of Fox Creek. ” (see full story) File photo... Read more

Australian fatal R44 accident caused by pilot incapacitation

Australian fatal R44 accident caused by pilot incapacitation

27-Jan-2013Source: ATSB

ATSB summary of the accident follows:- What happened On 3 September 2011, the pilot and one crewman of a Robinson Helicopter Company R44 helicopter, registered VH-HCA (HCA), departed an airstrip located near Kumarina roadhouse, approximately 150 km south of Newman, Western Australia. The crew were conducting low-level geophysical survey operations when the pilot was observed... Read more

Jerry Trimble Helicopters opens in Texas

Jerry Trimble Helicopters opens in Texas

18-Jan-2013Source: Smithville Times

From the company being founded in Oregon in 2007, and expanding into California, Jerry Trimble Helicopters has now opened at Smithville Crawford Municipal Airport in Texas (see full story)... Read more

Bolvian Police order two Robinson R44s

Bolvian Police order two Robinson R44s

16-Jan-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Bolivian Government Minister Carlos Romero is reported in local press as announcing that the the national law enforcement agency “Policía Boliviana” will receive two Robinson R44s later this month. Due to the altitudes involved in Bolivia, the pair will not be able to fly around the capital La Paz, which lies between 10,650 and 13,250... Read more

Robinson 2012 production 45% up on 2011

Robinson 2012 production 45% up on 2011

14-Jan-2013Source: Robinson

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... Read more

Search ends for R44 in Arizona lake

Search ends for R44 in Arizona lake

3-Jan-2013Source: Payson Roundup

Gila County Sheriff’s Office dive teams scoured the bottom of the lake for more than a week, but found no sign of the helicopter, which splashed into the lake during a sightseeing flight out of Mesa (see full story).  File photo see also the following from HeliHub.com safety data pages – 07-Dec-12 N557AC Robinson R44... Read more

New B206/R44 charter operator at Hawthorne, California

New B206/R44 charter operator at Hawthorne, California

17-Dec-2012

Star Helicopters, one of the leading helicopter tour operators in Los Angeles, is proud to begin operating charter and air taxi helicopter rides with an FAA Part 135 certification. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that all aircraft operators carrying passengers for hire in point-to-point helicopter rides or charters and commuter flights must carry this... Read more

Lawyer reminds R44 owners of bladder tank retrofit rebate cut-off date

Lawyer reminds R44 owners of bladder tank retrofit rebate cut-off date

17-Dec-2012Source: Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman

Robinson helicopter crash lawyers, Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, can report that Robinson Helicopter Company’s R44 fuel tank rebate offer is about to expire. After many low impact post-crash fires, the company announced that it was offering a $1,000 incentive to R44 owners who purchase and install their bladder fuel tank kit by December 31,... Read more

Sloane Helicopters commits to Northern Ireland with Robinson overhauls

Sloane Helicopters commits to Northern Ireland with Robinson overhauls

11-Dec-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Britain’s Sloane Helicopters opened its base in Northern Ireland at Enniskillen Airport back in 2007 before the recession hit – and it’s no secret that helicopter operations in Northern Ireland have been hit nearly as badly as those in the country of Ireland to the south.  Undaunted by this, Sloane are showing a continued commitment... Read more

Kurt Robinson named to IHST Executive Committee

Kurt Robinson named to IHST Executive Committee

11-Dec-2012Source: IHST

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... Read more

UTair Engineering starts its first R44 overhaul

UTair Engineering starts its first R44 overhaul

5-Dec-2012Source: UTair

The first Robinson R44 helicopter has been delivered to the UTair-Engineering MRO facility in Tyumen for capital repairs. The compete inspection and refitting is expected to take 3 months. In 2012 UTair-Engineering passed the Robinson Helicopter and Russian Aviation Authority MRO performance audits in 2012, qualifying for capital repair operations on R44 helicopters, making UTair-Engineering... Read more

Hong Kong approves Dart’s R44 emergency floats

Hong Kong approves Dart’s R44 emergency floats

4-Dec-2012Source: DART helicopter Services

DART helicopter Services is pleased to announce Hong Kong Approval of their R44 Emergency Float Kits. FAA, EASA and Transport Canada approvals have already been granted. The Apical Emergency Float System provides a lightweight and easy to install solution for R44 Raven operators who need to fly over water, and are requesting the added increased... Read more

Eccentric R44 owner has helicopter siezed

Eccentric R44 owner has helicopter siezed

29-Nov-2012Source: Phoenix New Times

The problem began on October 12, 2011, when a report about a suspicious pilot came into the Flagstaff office of the US Dept of Homeland Security Investigations. (see full story)... Read more

Redlands and Fontana Police departments share aerial coverage

Redlands and Fontana Police departments share aerial coverage

31-Oct-2012Source: San Bernardino Sun

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)... Read more

DeSoto Parish Sheriff acquires R44 from DeSoto County Sheriff

DeSoto Parish Sheriff acquires R44 from DeSoto County Sheriff

22-Oct-2012

The DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office has a new weapon to help fight crime.  The Sheriff recently bought a Robinson R44 Helicopter from the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office in Mississippi.  (see full story)... Read more

Cool City Avionics announces Authorized Dealers

Cool City Avionics announces Authorized Dealers

19-Oct-2012Source: Cool City Avionics

Cool City Avionics, a manufacturer of low cost, professional-grade automatic flight guidance control systems and helicopter stability augmentation systems, is pleased to announce that it has appointed thirteen new authorized dealers in the United States, three in Canada and one each in Denmark, Germany and Guatemala. Additional dealers will be appointed in the coming months.... Read more

Okaloosa County approves new helicopter tour company in Destin

Okaloosa County approves new helicopter tour company in Destin

12-Oct-2012Source: Destin4Me

Okaloosa recently approved a new tourism helicopter company in Destin that has some residents up in arms. Beach Helicopter can proceed with their plans to set-up a 6,000-square-foot helipad off U.S. Highway 98  (see full story).  Beach Helicopter are understood to operate a Robinson R44... Read more

Robinson Helicopter Co donates to area middle schools

Robinson Helicopter Co donates to area middle schools

7-Oct-2012Source: EasyReader

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)... Read more

Austin Helicopter Tours opens for business

Austin Helicopter Tours opens for business

30-Sep-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Stacy and Randy Riggs, owners of Alamo Helicopter Tours of San Antonio are expanding to a second Texan city with the launch of Austin Helicopter Tours.  They open for business on 1st October from Bud Dryden Airport, which is about four miles north east of the main Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Initially focusing on the tour... Read more

New R44 Stability Augmentation System approved

New R44 Stability Augmentation System approved

11-Sep-2012Source: Cool City Avionics

Cool City Electronics, Inc., dba Cool City Avionics, a manufacturer of low cost, professional-grade automatic flight control systems and stability augmentation systems for helicopters, is pleased to announce that it has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate SR09624RC for its SAS-100 Stability Augmentation System, allowing its installation in Robinson R-44 helicopters. The new Stability Augmentation System... Read more

Helicopter Fuel-Savings Program Expands to Europe

Helicopter Fuel-Savings Program Expands to Europe

31-Aug-2012Source: JTI Air Holdings

Using gasoline as an alternative helicopter fuel is not only better for the environment, but also more cost efficient, Fuller says. In Europe, JTI’s automotive gasoline supplemental type certificates (STCs) are sold by company representative Joop van Weele of Holland. (Seehttp://www.vliegwerkholland.nl/autofuel.html for info.) Leaded helicopter fuel is being phased out worldwide due to environmental concerns. JTI Air Holdings has led... Read more

Update on Robinson lead times

Update on Robinson lead times

28-Aug-2012Source: HeliHub.com

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... Read more

Helicopter tours begin in Queen City

Helicopter tours begin in Queen City

1-Aug-2012Source: WIVB Channel 4

Western New York Helicopters has opened up Buffalo Waterfront Tours, which will take people along the lakefront, the Naval Park, and downtown Buffalo (see full story)... Read more

FAA approves Aspen’s Evolution Flight Display System for Robinson R44

FAA approves Aspen’s Evolution Flight Display System for Robinson R44

25-Jul-2012Source: Aspen Avionics

Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the innovative Evolution Flight Display System, announced today the FAA approval for installation of Aspen’s H-series Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) and Multi-function Flight Displays (MFDs) into the Robinson R44 and R44 II model helicopters. Aspen’s H-series PFD and MFD systems are designed and manufactured to meet the rigors of helicopter operations.... Read more

R44 and R22 among types approved by EASA for UL91 unleaded fuel

R44 and R22 among types approved by EASA for UL91 unleaded fuel

19-Jul-2012Source: Lycoming

Lycoming Continues Call for ‘UL 100’ as a Fleetwide Solution Williamsport, PA – July 18th, 2012 – Lycoming Engines, a division of Avco Corporation, released Service Instruction SI-1070R on April 16th, 2012, which approved a wide variety of engines for use with ASTM D7547 UL 91 unleaded avgas. European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) Safety Information... Read more

Airborne Energy Solutions choses SkyTrac to equip R44 fleet

Airborne Energy Solutions choses SkyTrac to equip R44 fleet

18-Jul-2012Source: SkyTrac

Airborne Energy Solutions (AES), with headquarters in Whitecourt, AB operates helicopters in remote locations where communications are either limited or non-existent. This makes flight following difficult and ineffective. This, and the desire for a reliable system to fill the safety void that existed started AES’s search for a flight following vendor. Looking for a system... Read more

Current Robinson lead times for new orders

Current Robinson lead times for new orders

10-Jul-2012Source: Robinson

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... Read more

Rotorcorp offers free R44 bladder fuel tank kit with purchase of overhaul kit

Rotorcorp offers free R44 bladder fuel tank kit with purchase of overhaul kit

22-Jun-2012Source: Rotorcorp

On June 15th, 2012 Robinson Helicopter Company released an announcement offering R44 Astro, Raven I and Raven II operators a $1000 rebate on the KI-196 Bladder Tank Retrofit Kits in accordance with Service Bulletin 78A.  This bulletin requires R44 helicopters with all-aluminum fuel tanks to be retrofitted with bladder-type tanks.   To improve the R44 fuel system’s resistance to... Read more

Robinson offers $1,000 rebate on R44 bladder tank kits

Robinson offers $1,000 rebate on R44 bladder tank kits

19-Jun-2012Source: Robinson

Addressed to “All R44 Dealers, Service Centers and Owners” (original pdf here) Robinson Helicopter Co. (RHC) is offering a U.S $1,000 rebate to all R44 owners who purchase and install the KI-196 Kit, in accordance with SB-78A, on or before December 31, 2012. To receive the rebate, the owner must provide RHC with the aircraft... Read more

Heliflite’s Robinson safety courses a major success

Heliflite’s Robinson safety courses a major success

13-Jun-2012Source: Heliflite

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... Read more

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