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Friday, January 29, 2010

Advanced Flight Tours the Los Angeles Area in the Robinson R44 Helicopter

The Robinson R44 is a four-place light helicopter produced by the Robinson Helicopter Company since 1992. Based on the company's two-place Robinson R22, the R44 features hydraulically-assisted flight controls. The R44 was first flown on 31 March 1990, and received FAA certification in December 1992, with the first delivery in February 1993.

The R-44 is a single-engined helicopter with a semi-rigid two-bladed main rotor and a two-bladed tail rotor and a skid landing gear. It has an enclosed cabin with two rows of side-by-side seating for a pilot and three passengers. Tail rotor direction of rotation on the R44 is reversed compared to the R22 for improved yaw control authority. On the R44 the advancing blade is on the bottom.
Designed during the 1980s by Frank Robinson and his staff of engineers, the R44 first flew on March 31, 1990. The R44 Astro was awarded an FAA Type Certificate in December 1992, with the first deliveries taking place in January 1993. In January 2000, Robinson introduced the Raven with hydraulically-assisted controls and adjustable pedals. In July 2002, Robinson introduced the Raven II featuring a more powerful, fuel-injected engine and wider blades, allowing a higher gross weight and improved altitude performance.

In 1997, a Robinson R44 was piloted by Jennifer Murray for the first helicopter circumnavigation of the world by a woman, covering a distance of 36,000 miles in 97 days.


President George W. Bush Visits Robinson Helicopter Company

Torrance, CA— President George W. Bush, accompanied by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, visited Robinson Helicopter Company to promote free trade agreements pending before Congress.

Robinson was selected as the venue for Bush’s statement based on the strength of its international sales. In 2007, exports accounted for over seventy percent of Robinson’s total sales.

Escorted by Frank Robinson, the president toured the factory, greeted workers, and addressed an audience of company employees as well as distinguished guests Congresswoman Jane Harmon, Congressman David Drier, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Congressman Ed Royce, California State Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, and Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto.

Robinson Helicopter Company is the world’s leading manufacturer of civil helicopters. For additional information about Robinson, visit the website at http://www.robinsonheli.com/.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Join Us On the Coasts of California

Our helicopter rides offer spectacular views of local beaches and landmarks and it's all recorded to your complimentary DVD for you to experience again in the comfort of your own home.