Robinson Helicopter Company
Robinson Helicopter is a manufacturer of helicopters based at Zamperini Field Airport ( ICAO code: KTOA ) in Torrance, California.
The company was founded in 1973 in California by Franklin Davis Robinson and is located in his private possession. The annual production rate amounted in 2008 to 823 pieces, of which approximately 65 % are exported. 2009 300 employees were terminated due to financial crisis and the production rate is halved.
Frank Robinson announced via press release its functions back down as president and chairman of Robionson Helicopter and retire from the company on 10 August 2010. The functions as chairman and president were taken over by his son Kurt Robinson. The company delivered on 14 November 2011 with a R44 (S / N 13217 ) its 10,000 helicopter a Brazilian traders from. According to statistics from the Association of Aerospace Industry of the U.S. Aerospace Industries Association ( AIA) Robinson Helicopter has so since the early eighties produces more helicopters than all U.S. helicopter manufacturer.
The first model was the two-seat Robinson R22, were delivered from the more than 4,000 pieces. In February 1993, the four-seat Robinson R44 came on the market, which is configured for different purposes. Both models are available only with a Lycoming piston engine.
The latest model is currently the R66, a five-seater, which is the first time equipped with a turbine engine. As turbine developed by Rolls- Royce RR -300 turbine is employed.