Fri, Jan 30, 2009
Built 893 Civil Helicopters In 2008
Robinson Helicopter Company managed to defy the odds as 2008
drew to a close, producing even more helicopters for civil use than
the Torrance, CA company accomplished in record-setting 2007.
Robinson held onto the title of world's leading manufacture of
civilian helicopters, building 893 civil helicopters in 2008...
beating the prior record-setting year of production by 70 aircraft,
due largely to continued strong sales overseas. As of July 2008, a
full 70 percent of Robinson's sales were to non-US customers.
A full 80 percent of the company's sales were models of the
four-seat R44. Introduced in 2002, the Raven II, a more powerful
version of the original R44 now accounts for 60% of the company's
aircraft sales. The original R44, later designated the Raven I,
accounts for roughly 20% of aircraft sales.
Making up the difference was the R22 two-seat training
helicopter. With 164 ships produced in 2008, Robinson says the R22
still maintains its niche in an increasingly competitive
With a wary eye towards global economic conditions, Robinson
says its focus for 2009 will continue to be product development --
including bringing its largest model to date to market, the Rolls
Royce RR300 powered turbine helicopter-- and maintaining its
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