Rolls-Royce RR300

November 15, 2011 - 11:21am

Robinson delivered its 10,000th helicopter last Friday. The milestone comes less than four years after the company delivered its 8,000th helicopter and 32 years after the first Robinson, a two-seat R22, was certified. Number 10,000–a four-seat R44 Raven II–was delivered to Audi Helicopters, one of two Robinson dealers in Brazil. Audi has been affiliated with Robinson for 25 years.

November 12, 2011 - 7:45pm

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is about to get its first-ever rotorcraft manufacturer, with local company Quest Helicopters unveiling a completely new design on today at 1:15 p.m. on the Dubai Air Show’s static display.

March 7, 2011 - 8:50am

Engine maker Rolls-Royce released its annual turbine helicopter sales forecast at Heli-Expo 2011. The company predicts 16,900 new turbine helicopters will be delivered between now and 2020 with a value of $140 billion.

March 6, 2011 - 1:30pm

The obvious difference between the piston-powered R44 and the turbine-powered R66 is the engine, but there are other features that make the R66 an entirely new machine, even though there's no mistaking that it is a product of Robinson Helicopter.

November 30, 2010 - 6:42am

On October 25, Robinson Helicopter entered a new phase as a manufacturer of turbine-powered rotorcraft when the FAA handed over the new R66’s type certificate to founder Frank Robinson and his son and company president Kurt.

October 26, 2010 - 12:51pm

Robinson’s long-awaited R66 turbine single was scheduled to receive FAA type certification on October 25. The price has increased to $790,000 and the company says it has firm orders for ­approximately 100 of the helicopters.

October 26, 2010 - 12:04pm

The FAA handed over two certification documents to Robinson Helicopter founder Frank Robinson and his son and company president Kurt yesterday at a ceremony at the helicopter manufacturer’s Torrance, Calif. factory.

September 21, 2010 - 10:11am

Frank Robinson feigned insult when asked about his possible retirement at a 2009 press conference.

“Why?” Robinson shot back with a grin when asked about it. “You know what [the late comedian] Jack Benny said when they asked him what he was going to do with all that money when he died? He said, ‘If I can’t take it with me I won’t go.’ He didn’t need [a retirement] and I think I don’t either.”

September 21, 2010 - 9:32am

FAA certification of the Rolls-Royce RR300-powered Robinson R66 turbine light single could come later this month.

February 23, 2010 - 9:58am

Nearly 15,000 attendees filled the exhibit hall at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston through the second day of Heli-Expo 2010. The three-day show officially comes to a close today. The total number of exhibitors this year was 596, up from 585 last year. Total attendance was expected to be within 1 to 3 percent of last year’s record 17,373.

 
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