Wed, Dec 15, 2010
Frank Robinson, founder of Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC),
officially announced on August 10, 2010 that he has resigned as
President and Chairman of the Board. We all knew the announcement
was coming... but to those of us at ANN who have been privileged to
call him a friend, we covered Frank Robinson's retirement
announcement with bittersweet feelings.
There is NO DOUBT that a large part of today's helicopter
industry would simply not exist without the genius and inspiration
of Frank Robinson, but we are pleased to see his legacy passed to
such capable and proper hands -- his son Kurt Robinson.
Kurt Robinson, who started at the Company in 1987, stated that
"while there is no one person that can replace Frank, we have a
very strong team of managers that have been with the Company for
more than 20 years. We are looking forward to a smooth transition
and an exciting future."
Kurt has been a part of RHC for over two decades and has
obviously been at Frank's side pretty much all his life... so the
fact that he was chosen to take on the leadership role from his Dad
assures a dedicated community that the direction of Robinson Heli
remains both in keeping with Frank's vision as well as being under
the leadership of a qualified, impassioned expert.
ANN and Aero-TV sat down with Kurt after our test flights of the
R66 Turbine helicopter to get a feel for how Kurt is taking on the
mantle of leadership and to chat about the future of a company that
changed the rotorcraft industry forever.
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