Robinson Helicopter Company

Robinson HelicopterRobinson was born in 1930 and grew up during the depression. His love for helicopters was roused at nine years when he saw an Igor Sikorsky hovering over his VS300 Prototype helicopter. Throughout his college, he focused on helicopter design. Robinson began his career in 1957 at the Cessna Aircraft Company, working on the CH-1 Skyhook helicopter. After three and half years at Cessna, he spent one year at Umbaugh working on the certification of its gyroplane and then four and half years at McCulloch Motor Company doing design studies on inexpensive rotorcraft. Next, Robinson spent a year at Kaman Aircraft working on gyrodyne-type rotorcraft, followed by two years at Bell Helicopter, where he earned a reputation as a tail rotor expert. In 1969, he moved to Hughes Helicopter Company to work on a variety of R&D projects, including a new tail rotor for the Hughes 500 helicopter and the quiet helicopter program.

Robinson left employment in June 1973 because his interest in some low-cost helicopter was not appealing to his employers. Nevertheless, he built the first R22 prototype and flew it in 1975 on its first flight.

Robinson Helicopter

Robinson Helicopter was established in 1973 by Frank Robinson. He was zeroed on having global most valuable, authentic, capable, and cost-effective helicopters. In 1979, Robinson produced its first Helicopter, a two-place piston R-22. It was a simple design, and its maintenance cost was meager. This made it popular amongst schools, organizations, and individuals. It fueled the will of more people learning to fly and buying the Helicopter. In 1992, following the same design, Robinson Helicopter produced another helicopter. It had a larger Lycoming engine 0-540 and was a 4- place piston R-44. Later, the R44 was designated R44 Raven -1. A decade after R44, Robinson produced R44 Raven 11 with the same design as the former, but a more significant Lycoming’s IO-540 fuel-injected engine and 28-volt electrical system. The R44 Raven 11 could cruise at higher altitudes and hot temperatures. The Helicopter was received well in the market, and within a few years, its sales doubled those of R22. Robinson Helicopter conceived the idea of a turbine-powered Helicopter after the R44 Raven 11. In 2005, Robinson signed an agreement with Rolls Royce to design an RR300 turbine engine derived from the RR250 series engine. After the completion of the machine, plans to produce a 5-turbine engine helicopter kicked in. R66 Turbine was certified by the FAA in 2010.