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Torrance panels at odds on helicopter noise plan

Torrance panels at odds on helicopter noise plan

The committee, made up of residents, aviation experts and government officials, recommended modifying three established helicopter routes in and out of the airport. The idea was to move the routes farther away from residential areas as well as increase the helicopter flying altitudes to reduce noise.  Torrance is the base of Robinson Helicopter Co

Source: Daily Breeze, 03-Feb-11

Heliflite releases official photos of Australasia’s first R66

Heliflite releases official photos of Australasia’s first R66

Heliflite, Australasia’s longest serving authorised Robinson distributor has released the first official photos of the region’s first R66 Turbine helicopter taken in final completion at the Robinson factory. The base yellow with slate grey trim coloured R66 Turbine helicopter is ready for shipping to Australia and Heliflite looks forward to having it available as a… Read more »

Source: Heliflite, 13-Jan-11

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Robinson production at lowest for 23 years

Robinson production at lowest for 23 years

In line with the global recession, Robinson Helicopter Co produced a very modest 162 helicopters last year, just 18% of their peak figure of 893 just two years earlier.  The total was made up of 40 x R22 Beta II 32 x R44 Raven/Clipper I 80 x R44 Raven/Clipper II 10 x R66 Turbine When… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jan-11

Heli Air launches stand-alone R66 website

Heli Air launches stand-alone R66 website

British helicopter company Heliair have launched a website specifically for Robinson R66 sales at R66Dealer.com – this may, in time, be merged into their main website, but it is currently intentionally stand-alone.Head of Marketing Brian Kane told HeliHub.com that Heli Air see the R66 as being “the best single engine turbine ever produced”, presumably based… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-11

Robinson cuts corners with new-look website

Robinson cuts corners with new-look website

Robinson Helicopter Co have launched a new website at http://www.robinsonheli.com.   Although no major content changes have been made, the new cleaner design is certainly easier to navigate than its predecessor.  Some new aspects of the site – particularly the World Dealer Locator Map – show that elements of new technology have been introduced. Scratching… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-11

Australia’s Helibiz expecting first R66 in February

Australia’s Helibiz expecting first R66 in February

Helibiz’s first new R66 is scheduled to arrive in early February, Helibiz senior base engineer and grade 1 instructor Peter Thompson was the 1st in Australia to be endorsed on the R66. Peter spent a few days at the Robinson factory flying the R66 all around Los Angeles. “I was amazed at the power, speed… Read more »

Source: Helibiz, 02-Dec-10

Robinson aim at 10,000th helicopter in October 2011

Robinson aim at 10,000th helicopter in October 2011

Robinson Helicopter Co has recently told HeliHub.com that their current production rates are – 1 R22 per week – 3 R44 per week – 3 R66 per week from January And working from the latest known MSNs for each line – R22 -> 4489 – R44 Raven I -> 2100 – R44 Raven II ->… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Nov-10

UK’s Heliair has confirmed orders for seven R66s

UK’s Heliair has confirmed orders for seven R66s

Heli Air, established over 25 years ago is the largest Robinson Helicopter Distributor in the UK and one of the world’s most successful, and eagerly awaits the imminent arrival of the superb new 5-seat R66 Turbine helicopter. Heli Air, who will have the first R66 in the UK and Europe has confirmed orders from confident… Read more »

Source: Heliair, 11-Nov-10

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Flight Test – Robinson R66 Turbine

Flight Test – Robinson R66 Turbine

by Richard Mornington-Sanford Not so long ago, if I had asked Frank Robinson whether there would be a turbine-engine powered Robinson helicopter, Frank would have said: “You know, Dick, that turbine engine is just too damned expensive.” The phrase ‘never say never’ comes to mind as I start a pre-flight inspection with Doug Tompkins, Robinson… Read more »

Source: Mornington Sandford Aviation, 08-Nov-10

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UK: Sloane Helicopters confirms its first Robinson R66 orders

UK: Sloane Helicopters confirms its first Robinson R66 orders

Sloane Helicopters, the longest established international Robinson dealer in the world, is pleased to confirm increasing interest in the new Robinson R66 turbine helicopter. The R66 received FAA certification on 25th October 2010 and EASA certification is expected early in 2011. Sloane was one of the first dealers worldwide to purchase its own R66 and… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 29-Oct-10

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Robinson confirm R66 Turbine now FAA type certified

Robinson confirm R66 Turbine now FAA type certified

[HeliHub.com editor note – purely for completeness we file this story – bear in mind it was HeliHub.com who had the scoop and announced the certification date of 25th October way back on 29th September (see article here)] Torrance, CA— On October 25, 2010, three years and eight months after Robinson Helicopter publicly announced plans… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 28-Oct-10

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Rolls-Royce congratulates Robinson on R66 certification

Rolls-Royce congratulates Robinson on R66 certification

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, congratulates Robinson Helicopter Company on achieving certification of the new R66. The helicopter was FAA certified October 25 during a ceremony held at the Robinson facility in Torrance, CA. The R66 is powered by a single Rolls-Royce RR300 turboshaft engine and is the first turbine powered model in Robinson’s… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 26-Oct-10

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Frank Robinson prefers R44 to R66 (and other anecdotes)

Frank Robinson prefers R44 to R66 (and other anecdotes)

In the final episode of our series from interviewing Frank Robinson last Friday, we are today covering various anecotes from our time with him. The most surprising point was that he prefers the R44 to the R66. Ask any marketing specialist and you are most likely to find them promoting their latest and greatest product… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Oct-10

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Surviving the recession, by Frank Robinson

Surviving the recession, by Frank Robinson

Robinson Helicopter Company “RHC” has no doubt been the number one success story of the light helicopter market in the last three decades, but it is this sector that demonstrates the greatest volatility when the going gets tough. In our interview with Frank last Friday, he described how the company went from the high of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-10

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Frank Robinson talks to HeliHub.com about the market for the R66

Frank Robinson talks to HeliHub.com about the market for the R66

As part of our interview with Frank Robinson last Friday, we discussed the future – principally the upcoming R66 model which is due for FAA certification in two weeks time on 25th October and the EASA approval 6-8 months after that. As the total number of helicopters delivered from the RHC factory at Torrance closes… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-10

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Frank Robinson completes UK tour

Frank Robinson completes UK tour

Frank Robinson has just completed a week’s tour of the UK accompanied by his daughter Terry hane, covering three principal events. Starting last Tuesday 5th, he made a very well-received presentation at the Royal Aeronautical Society – their annual “Cierva Lecture” – to an audience of over 150. The venue was very much “standing room… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Oct-10

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R66 certification expected 25th October

R66 certification expected 25th October

FAA certification for the turbine powered Robinson R66 is expected on Monday 25th October, and all dealers have been invited to the factory at Torrance for a celebratory party. The R66 is powered by the new Rolls Royce RR 300, rated by the manufacturer at 240-300 shp, and weighing in at 176lb (a fraction under… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Sep-10

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Robinson R66 performance figures and pricing released

Robinson R66 performance figures and pricing released

Sloane Helicopters Ltd., the UK and Ireland distributors for the Robinson Helicopter Company, is pleased to be able to announce some preliminary performance information for the new Robinson R66 Turbine helicopter. The Robinson R66 is in the final stages of FAA certification and, as part of the certification programme, some pilots from Robinson operators around… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 01-Sep-10

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Robinson R66 test flying at Big Bear City Airport

Robinson R66 test flying at Big Bear City Airport

A flight crew from Robinson Helicopter Company in Torrance, Calif., is testing the company’s newest helicopter at Big Bear City Airport. Full story on external site here

Source: Big Bear Grizzly, 03-Aug-10

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Robinson: R66 dealers must be Part 145 OK’d

Robinson: R66 dealers must be Part 145 OK’d

Robinson VP Kurt Robinson said he does not expect all dealers of the company’s existing piston-engine R22 and R44 helicopters to become R66 dealers, in part due to a new Robinson-mandated requirement that R66 dealers hold a valid FAA Part 145 repair station certificate.

Source: http://www.ainonline.com/news/single-news-page/article/robinson-r66-dealers-must-be-part-145-okd-24649/, 04-May-10

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Sloane Helicopters order first Robinson R66

Sloane Helicopters order first Robinson R66

Following the recent announcement by Robinson Helicopter Company – see HeliHub 8th February 2010 – that they were accepting orders for the new turbine powered Robinson R66, David George, Chairman of Sloane Helicopters Ltd. has confirmed that Sloane have placed their first order for a new Robinson R66 Sloane Helicopters were one of Robinson’s very… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 10-Feb-10

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Robinson R66 – deposits being taken

Robinson R66 – deposits being taken

Robinson Helicopter Co seem to have got themselves in a PR pickle today.  No press release put out, yet a number of their dealers start to put information out on their own websites to say that the R66 Turbine is now released and you can put a $75K deposit down on one.  Try navigating their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Feb-10

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Rolls-Royce expands RR300 global reach through exclusive distribution agreement with AAR

Ken Roberts, President of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter Engine business said, “With the turn-key solution AAR will provide, RR300 operators will have 24/7 access to parts and services critical for their day to day operations. As the Rolls-Royce Helicopter business continues to grow, meeting the needs of our customers around the world remains a top priority.”

Source: Rolls-Royce, 24-Sep-09

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Party at Frank’s House

Source: Vertical, 04-Mar-09

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VIDEO: First Public Flight of Robinson R66

Source: LoopTV, 25-Feb-09

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Industry perspective: Robinson Helicopter

Source: AIN, 25-Feb-09

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RotorWay Launches FAA-certified Two-place Turbine Trainer To Rival R66

Source: AIN, 24-Feb-09

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Robinson ties its future to R66

Source: AIN, 22-Feb-09

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