Robinson Helicopter Company Delivers 12,000th Helicopter

Robinson Helicopter Company ends 2016 by rolling an R66 S/N 0763—its 12,000th helicopter—off the production line. “A nice way to end the year,” says Robinson president, Kurt Robinson.

S/N 0763 will be delivered to Hover Dynamics, one of three longtime Robinson dealers in South Africa. The helicopter was purchased by a new charter and tour operator, Fly Karoo Air Services, operating in the area of Graaff-Reinet. According to Dean Feldman of Hover Dynamics, Fly Karoo chose the R66 because of its powerful turbine engine, quieter cabin, spacious baggage compartment and low operating costs.

Robinson’s first two-place R22 was produced and delivered in 1979; the first four-place R44 in 1993; and the first five-place R66 in 2010. Robinson also offers a multitude of variants, including the recently introduced R44 Cadet, a two-place helicopter specially configured for training.

Founded in 1973, Robinson Helicopter Company is a leading manufacturer of civil helicopters. For additional information, visit