Wed, Oct 01, 2003
Frank Robinson's Vision Achieves incredible Milestone
Company reached another milestone this month with the delivery of
its 5,000th helicopter. Since delivering the first R22 in October
1979, Robinson Helicopter Company has produced 3,489 R22 and 1,511
R44 helicopters, including 171 R44 Raven IIs. The 5,000th
helicopter, an R44 Raven II, was shipped to National Airways
Corporation (NAC) of Lanseria, South Africa.
NAC became a Robinson dealership in 1990. The 57-year-old
corporation is the largest general aviation company in South
Africa, and one of the largest in all of Africa with offices in 7
cities. In addition to selling and maintaining Robinson
helicopters, NAC offers helicopter and fixed-wing sales;
maintenance and refurbishment; aircraft parts and avionics sales
and support; charter; and pilot training. The recent delivery is
NAC’s 75th Robinson helicopter.
Demand for Robinson helicopters continues to grow. In response,
the company is increasing its workforce to 850 employees, an
additional 150 production workers since April. The factory now
produces 9.5 helicopters a week and is building toward an 11
helicopter-per-week goal by the end of October.
To meet long-term growth, Robinson has begun construction on an
additional facility, which will nearly double its manufacturing
capacity. The company broke ground in July on the new 215,000 sq.
ft. building located adjacent to the current factory. In addition
to increased production facilities, an expanded delivery center and
training facility will also be located in the new building. Once
completed, the new building will allow Robinson to meet increased
production goals and reduce delivery time on new aircraft and spare
Robinson Helicopter Company is the world’s leading
manufacturer of civil helicopters.
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