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Robinson Delivers 13,000th Helicopter

Forty-two years after Frank Robinson delivered his first helicopter, Robinson Helicopter Company has delivered its 13,000th helicopter.  The aircraft, an R44, went to Robinson dealer SKY Helicopters in Dallas.  It will be used in the company’s Part 135 air taxi and tour operations.  SKY now has 27 Robinsons in its fleet.

“Robinson Helicopter Company has a come a long way since 1979 when its first 2-place R22 was delivered,” the company said.  “Fast forward 42 years, today’s Robinsons are offered in a multitude of sizes and configurations.”  Robinson, which makes R22, R44 and R66 models, says its helicopters are the most cost-efficient on the market. 

Robinson Helicopter Company was founded in 1973 by Frank Robinson.  Its R22 prototype conducted its first flight in 1975, and the model received its FAA type certificate in March 1979.  In addition to its two-seat R22 and four-seat R44 piston models, Robinson manufactures the five-seat R66 turbine helicopter.