Mon, Jan 16, 2006
As the year came to a close,
Robinson Helicopter Company completed another milestone in 2005;
delivery of its 4,000th R22 helicopter. Thirty years after test
flying the first R22, himself, Frank Robinson presented the keys of
ship S/N 4000 to John Skeen of Heliflite, Australia. This ship is
one of approximately 400 R22 helicopters used in Australia for
various tasks including flight training and cattle herding.
Developed with the idea of creating a small, low-cost, reliable,
and high performance helicopter, the first R22 prototype was
completed in 1975 and received its FAA Type Certificate in 1979.
The helicopter soon became the world’s top-selling civilian
helicopter and holds world records for speed and altitude within
its weight class.
Sticking to the original concept and incorporating many
refinements, the R22 has remained one of the top-selling civilian
and training helicopters. As a result, Robinson Helicopter Company
is the world’s leading manufacturer of civil helicopters.
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