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Following R44 and R66, FAA approve new empennage for R22

Following R44 and R66, FAA approve new empennage for R22

30-Apr-2024Source: Robinson

Robinson Helicopter Company, a global leader in civilian rotorcraft, has secured FAA approval for its new empennage design for the R22 helicopter. With this certification, Robinson’s entire fleet of helicopters is now FAA-certified. The new empennage design includes a symmetric horizontal stabilizer and tailcone, now standard on all newly manufactured Robinson helicopters. The development and... Read more

Rotor Technologies joins with Robinson on uncrewed heli technology

Rotor Technologies joins with Robinson on uncrewed heli technology

20-Mar-2024Source: Rotor Technologies

Rotor Technologies, Inc. and Robinson Helicopter Company jointly displayed the R550X, an uncrewed helicopter based on the Robinson R44 Raven II, at Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California. The R550X is the first production uncrewed aircraft to be built on a Robinson platform. Capable of lifting heavy loads up to 1,200 pounds (550 kilograms) with... Read more

Sloane Helicopters secures six Robinson delivery positions for 2025

Sloane Helicopters secures six Robinson delivery positions for 2025

28-Feb-2024Source: Sloane Helicopters

Sloane Helicopters, the prominent UK and Ireland dealer for the Robinson Helicopter Company, is excited to announce the acquisition of six delivery positions for new Robinson helicopters, with the first expected in February 2025. This order encompasses four R44 helicopters and two R66 helicopters, further reinforcing Sloane’s unwavering confidence in the Robinson range of helicopters.... Read more

David Smith – New CEO at Robinson arrives from Bell

David Smith – New CEO at Robinson arrives from Bell

27-Feb-2024Source: HeliHub.com

Robinson Helicopter Co, founded by the late Frank Robinson, and led more recently by his son Kurt, has a new President/CEO. The California based OEM is now led by David Smith, a 18 year veteran of Textron with most of his time spent in Bell, along with nearly five years at sister company TRU Simulation,... Read more

Robinson launches video series

Robinson launches video series

27-Feb-2024Source: Robinson

Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC), a global leader in civilian rotorcraft, releases the first two episodes in its new video series, ‘Climb Higher,’ highlighting how customers and operators around the world utilize Robinson helicopters for their unique missions. The series features the indispensable role that Robinson helicopters play in bridging the gaps between people, places, and... Read more

FAA approves new empennage design for Robinson R44

FAA approves new empennage design for Robinson R44

5-Feb-2024Source: RHC

Robinson Helicopter Company has secured FAA approval for a new empennage configuration for its R44 aircraft. This accomplishment follows the FAA’s prior approval for the same configuration on the R66 Turbine, announced in September 2023.  The development and testing of the new empennage design spanned several years, resulting in enhance handling characteristics during high-speed flight.... Read more

Rotorcorp warns Robinson operators of Lycoming backlog implications

Rotorcorp warns Robinson operators of Lycoming backlog implications

23-Jan-2024Source: HeliHub.com

During a coordinating and status call with Lycoming, Rotorcorp recently learned that lead times for new orders of critical engines and cylinders for the R22 and R44 fleet are getting worse — not better. The Georgia-based supplier of parts, overhaul kits, engines, and components for Robinson helicopters were told that customers should now account for... Read more

Rotor Technologies unveils R550X unmanned helicopter and starts production

Rotor Technologies unveils R550X unmanned helicopter and starts production

1-Dec-2023Source: Rotor Technologies

Rotor Technologies, Inc., a developer of autonomous vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, unveils the R550X, the largest uncrewed civilian helicopter on the market, and begins production. The R550X is an uncrewed helicopter based on the Robinson R44 Raven II. It is designed to lift heavy loads up to 1,200 lbs, or 550 kg, with... Read more

Robinson lead times stretch out to 2025

Robinson lead times stretch out to 2025

2-Oct-2023Source: HeliHub.com

Robinson Helicopter Co have sent their monthly email to their distributors around the world, advising of the lead time of each of their products – the ex-factory date for a purchaser placing an order today.  Multiple distributors have forwarded this email to HeliHub.com as the lead times stretch out further into the future than ever... Read more

Skyryse testing full flight envelope with matured flight control laws

Skyryse testing full flight envelope with matured flight control laws

29-Jun-2023Source: Skyryse

Skyryse is now running a daily, active flight campaign powered by fly-by-wire and the company’s FlightOS interface. Skyryse has been actively testing FlightOS in a Robinson R44 since 2018 and held its first flight in the R66 testbed in 2022. With the maturity of FlightOS and advancement in simplified operations, Skyryse is now moving its... Read more

Family sues iHeartMedia over TV news helicopter crash

Family sues iHeartMedia over TV news helicopter crash

13-Apr-2023Source: TheDesk.net

The family of a television meteorologist who was killed in a helicopter crash last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against iHeartMedia and the maintenance firm connected to the doomed aircraft. The lawsuit stems from a crash that killed WBTV (Channel 13, CBS) meteorologist Jason Myers and pilot Chip Tayag last November. Myers and Tayag were flying a... Read more

REBTECH completes the 6th R44 NVIS modification

REBTECH completes the 6th R44 NVIS modification

6-Mar-2023Source: REBTECH

REB Technologies Inc. “REBTECH” of Bedford, Texas recently completed a NVIS STC modification to a R-44 operated by Southern Utah University.  This is the 6th R-44 that REBTECH has modified for NVG Flight for the S.U.U. flight training academy located in Cedar City Utah.  REBTECH has recently also modified for NVIS a Bell 206 L-4 for SUU. “We... Read more

Rotorcorp doubles parts inventory to hedge against long lead times

Rotorcorp doubles parts inventory to hedge against long lead times

15-Feb-2023Source: Rotorcorp

Long lead times and manufacturing delays persist across many sectors as the world emerges from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, delays that remain steadfast in the highly-technical and heavily-regulated aerospace sector. In response, Rotorcorp has doubled our available on-hand spare parts inventory (already the world’s largest) in 2023 as a way to mitigate... Read more

Hartzell Engine Tech Achieves FAA PMA for Robinson Sky-Tec Starters

Hartzell Engine Tech Achieves FAA PMA for Robinson Sky-Tec Starters

31-Jan-2023Source: Hartzell Engine Tech

Hartzell Engine Tech recently received FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for its Sky-Tec HT (High Torque) starters for Robinson two-place R22 and four-place R44 light utility helicopters. The company’s Sky-Tec HT starter for Lycoming engines features an integrated self-resetting Kickback Protection System (KPS) to protect the powerplant and starter from an engine kickback. “Hartzell Engine... Read more

Uruguay National Police contracts Rotorcorp for R44 overhaul kits

Uruguay National Police contracts Rotorcorp for R44 overhaul kits

25-Jan-2023Source: Rotorcorp

In June of 2022, Rotorcorp was awarded a contract issued by the Uruguay Interior Ministry to provide 2200-hour maintenance kits, Lycoming O-540 engines, and other spare parts required to complete the overhaul of two Robinson R44 police helicopters operated by the Uruguay National Police. In December 2022, Rotorcorp President Sean Casey made good on the... Read more

Rotorcorp appoints VP of Strategic Growth

Rotorcorp appoints VP of Strategic Growth

23-Jan-2023Source: Rotorcorp

Rotorcorp, an Authorized Robinson Helicopter Company Service Center, announced that it has tapped aviation industry veteran Mike Gomez to join its leadership team. Gomez joins Rotorcorp as the Vice President of Strategic Growth. While the position is new, Gomez and Rotorcorp have a longstanding professional relationship. As President of Allegro Consulting, Gomez has been providing... Read more

Robinson Helicopter Company to celebrate 50 years in 2023

Robinson Helicopter Company to celebrate 50 years in 2023

17-Jan-2023

2023 marks 50 years in business for Robinson Helicopter Company. Founded by Frank Robinson on June 20, 1973, Robinson’s goal was to design and manufacture simple, reliable helicopters as efficiently as possible without compromising quality. Robinson’s 50-year milestone represents more than the passing of time, it is an affirmation of the company’s success. Robinson’s simple, reliable helicopters changed the face... Read more

Australia issues airworthiness bulletin for for R44 after clutch shaft yoke failure

Australia issues airworthiness bulletin for for R44 after clutch shaft yoke failure

9-Dec-2022Source: Australian Government

The failure of a Robinson R44 helicopter’s clutch shaft due to an undetected fatigue crack led to a loss of control before the helicopter collided with a vehicle, an ATSB investigation report details. The R44 had been conducting aerial spraying operations at a property near Clare, South Australia on 22 December 2020. As the pilot... Read more

UK – Management Buyout at Ice Helicopters

UK – Management Buyout at Ice Helicopters

2-Dec-2022

ICE Helicopters announces a management buyout by Head of Training, Capt. Neil Day. Established by Martin Varley in the autumn of 2019 with just a single R44, ICE Helicopters has become the fastest growing flight school in Europe. An extraordinary achievement as a relative newcomer within the industry, and with a global pandemic to ‘navigate’.... Read more

magniX Powers First Point-To-Point Flight of an All-Electric Helicopter

magniX Powers First Point-To-Point Flight of an All-Electric Helicopter

7-Nov-2022Source: magniX

magniX, a manufacturer of electric propulsion solutions for aviation, is pleased to have powered the first fully-electric helicopter flight between airfields, in partnership with Tier 1 Engineering. The modified electric Robinson 44 (eR44) helicopter powered with a magniX magni250 electric propulsion unit (EPU) made its historic journey from Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport to Palm Springs International... Read more

Garmin announces GI 275 electronic flight instrument certification for R22 and R44

Garmin announces GI 275 electronic flight instrument certification for R22 and R44

7-Jul-2022Source: Garmin

  Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN), announced Supplemental Type Certification (STC) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the GI 275 electronic flight instrument in Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters. A powerful solution for helicopter owners and operators, the GI 275 is a scalable, cost-conscious approach to an avionics upgrade that... Read more

26-Jun-22 G-CIMZ Robinson R44 Chalvington, UK

26-Jun-22 G-CIMZ Robinson R44 Chalvington, UK

26-Jun-2022

The helicopter rolled over to the right on takeoff, probably because it had drifted right while the right skid was in contact with the ground. The helicopter was substantially damaged.... Read more

R44 makes first flight with magniX electric propulsion unit

R44 makes first flight with magniX electric propulsion unit

8-Jun-2022Source: magniX

  magniX, the company powering the electric aviation revolution, announced that Tier 1 Engineering, specialists in the design and development of electric aircraft, achieved a successful first flight of an all-electric Robinson 44 helicopter with a magniX electric propulsion unit (EPU). The helicopter flew on Saturday, June 4 at 8:00 am Pacific Time for over three minutes at Los... Read more

06-Jun-22 N94WC Robinson R44 Henderson, US-Texas

06-Jun-22 N94WC Robinson R44 Henderson, US-Texas

6-Jun-2022

Training flight.  Helicopter ended up on its port side N94WC Helicopter Crash Henderson Texas pic.twitter.com/Jva9s6TYfm — FSX Aviation (@FSXAviation3) June 7, 2022  ... Read more

12-Apr-22 N426DB Robinson R44 Calhoun, US-Georgia

12-Apr-22 N426DB Robinson R44 Calhoun, US-Georgia

12-Apr-2022

Gusty conditions caused helicopter to drift and main rotor blades struck building, ending on its port side.  4 POB, no injuries reported Helicopter with children inside crashes into building in Calhoun, officials say https://t.co/rYuoyFWXDi — 13WMAZ News (@13wmaznews) April 13, 2022  ... Read more

26-Mar-22 N288L Robinson R44 Myrtle Beach, US-South Carolina

26-Mar-22 N288L Robinson R44 Myrtle Beach, US-South Carolina

26-Mar-2022

Attempting to land at helipad, but ended up landing in car park and rolled over into bushes... Read more

25-Mar-22 N514CD Robinson R44 Rowlett, US-Texas (2F)

25-Mar-22 N514CD Robinson R44 Rowlett, US-Texas (2F)

25-Mar-2022

Helicopter descended from the sky in multiple pieces – tail rotor gearbox area separated from the boom, and then the boom separated from the cabin area – see video 2 POB received fatal injuries.  Student pilot was named here as Ty Wallis, while the instructor was named here as Lora Trout... Read more

22-Mar-22 N44DQ Robinson R44 Howe, US-Idaho

22-Mar-22 N44DQ Robinson R44 Howe, US-Idaho

22-Mar-2022

FAA – Minor damage under unknown circumstances... Read more

BendixKing, Becker and AvPanels develop new glass panel for R44

BendixKing, Becker and AvPanels develop new glass panel for R44

12-Mar-2022Source: BendixKing

BendixKing from Pheonix Arizona, Becker Avionics from Miramar Florida and AvPanels from Ft. Worth Texas are pleased to announce the cooperative development of a new glass panel cockpit for the Robinson R44 helicopter to be featured in the booth of Helicopter Institute at the upcoming Heli Expo 2022 in Dallas Texas. The new cockpit will center around the BendixKing AeroVue Touch. AeroVue Touch will be installed as the primary flight display.  The 10.1” display provides the highest screen resolution in the industry. The display can be used as full screen primary flight display or a split screen primary and multifunction display. “We are very excited to... Read more

Becker Avionics Partners with BendixKing and AvPanels for Innovation

Becker Avionics Partners with BendixKing and AvPanels for Innovation

10-Mar-2022Source: Becker Avionics

BendixKing from Pheonix, Arizona, Becker Avionics from Miramar Florida, and AvPanels from Ft. Worth Texas are pleased to announce the cooperative development of a new glass panel cockpit for the Robinson R44 helicopter to be featured in the booth of Helicopter Institute at Heli-Expo 2022 in Dallas Texas. The new cockpit will center around the... Read more

Robinson to deliver four helicopters at Heli-Expo in Dallas

Robinson to deliver four helicopters at Heli-Expo in Dallas

7-Mar-2022

Robinson Helicopter Company will display an R66 Turbine, R44 Raven II, R44 Cadet, and R66 Newscopter at this year’s Heli Expo in Dallas. All four aircraft are sold and will be delivered immediately following the exhibit. SKY Helicopters, Robinson’s longtime dealer in Garland, Texas will take delivery of three of the four aircraft. The R66... Read more

03-Mar-22 N183PS Robinson R44 Titusville, US-Florida

03-Mar-22 N183PS Robinson R44 Titusville, US-Florida

3-Mar-2022

Shortly after take-off from Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, an emergency landing was made in a parking lot of a self-storage business following loss of engine power. Helicopter was heading to Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine No damage is evident from the poor press image Helicopter makes emergency landing in Titusville parking... Read more

20-Feb-22 N544SB Robinson R44 Miami, US-Florida

20-Feb-22 N544SB Robinson R44 Miami, US-Florida

20-Feb-2022

Crashed into the water close to a busy beach.  Three POB were seriously injured, and were named here as Morgan Geller, Rachelle Mussary Arkin, and Robert Arkin This afternoon at 1:10 p.m., MBPD received a call of a helicopter crash in the ocean near 10 Street. Police and @MiamiBeachFire responded to the scene along with... Read more

17-Feb-22 N929WA Robinson R44 White Plains, US-New York

17-Feb-22 N929WA Robinson R44 White Plains, US-New York

17-Feb-2022

Dynamic roll-over while attempting to land on a dolly.  No injuries to pilot, only person on board... Read more

Australia – ATSB seeking reports of R22 and R44 governor malfunctions

Australia – ATSB seeking reports of R22 and R44 governor malfunctions

9-Feb-2022Source: Australian Government

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) advises all pilots, operators and maintainers of recently-built Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters to monitor for intermittent or abnormal operations of the helicopters’ engine RPM governor, which can lead to engine overspeed or underspeed conditions. A small number of recent incidents have been reported to both the ATSB and... Read more

Great Britain celebrates 10 years without a fatal Robinson accident

Great Britain celebrates 10 years without a fatal Robinson accident

6-Jan-2022Source: Mornington Sanford Aviation

[Editor Note: to put this article in context, the Robinson fleet in Great Britain is one of the largest in the world.  Today the Civil Aviation Authority records 99 R22s, 141 R44s and 29 R66s on their national register – a total of 269.  Ten years ago the fleet totalled 480, made up of 188... Read more

29-Dec-21 N544SC Robinson R44 Gatlinburg, US-Tennessee (1F)

29-Dec-21 N544SC Robinson R44 Gatlinburg, US-Tennessee (1F)

29-Dec-2021

Crashed east of Gatlinburg–Pigeon Forge Airport. Passenger Juli Wagner received fatal injuries and pilot Matthew Jones was 1 injured.  According to this press report, the U.S. Attorney’s office confirmed that Matthew Jones should not have been in Tennessee, or flying any aircraft, as he is facing a federal prosecution in Utah for mail fraud and... Read more

Tier 1 Engineering picks magniX power for electric R44s

Tier 1 Engineering picks magniX power for electric R44s

8-Dec-2021

magniX, the company powering the electric aviation revolution, has been selected by Tier 1 Engineering, specialists in the design & development of electric aircraft, to provide magniX electric propulsion units (EPUs) for the clean delivery of life-saving organs. Tier 1 is developing the electric helicopter, by modification of the Robinson R44, for launch customer Lung Biotechnology... Read more

Ice Helicopters add second and third R44 Cadets

Ice Helicopters add second and third R44 Cadets

1-Dec-2021Source: ICE Helicopters

ICE Helicopters are thrilled to announce that we now the largest R44 Cadet operator in the country having received two new aircraft to in our training fleet.  G-ICET and G-DDAD are both equipped with the new Robinson cockpit camera, air conditioning, EMU as well as a partial glass cockpit with the new 2021 modernised instrument... Read more

10-Nov-21 N3027W Robinson R44 Fort Davis, US-Texas

10-Nov-21 N3027W Robinson R44 Fort Davis, US-Texas

10-Nov-2021

FAA : Helicopter lost lift due to density altitude, crashed to the ground and rolled over.  Pilot and two passengers had minor injuries... Read more

21-Oct-21 N442UK Robinson R44 Sevierville, US-Tennessee

21-Oct-21 N442UK Robinson R44 Sevierville, US-Tennessee

21-Oct-2021

Emergency landing shortly after take-off.  FAA say damage level “unknown”... Read more

18-Oct-21 N7530E Robinson R44 Homer, US-Louisiana

18-Oct-21 N7530E Robinson R44 Homer, US-Louisiana

18-Oct-2021

Emergency landing in field due to engine issues.  FAA report damage level “unknown”... Read more

17-Oct-21 D-HALR Robinson R44 Buchen, Germany (3F)

17-Oct-21 D-HALR Robinson R44 Buchen, Germany (3F)

17-Oct-2021

Helicopter crashed in woodland area. Wreckage was found scattered across an area of several hundred meters. All three on board died.... Read more

Moog produces Robinson R44 autopilot

Moog produces Robinson R44 autopilot

30-Sep-2021Source: Moog

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have partnered in making safety recommendations to reduce fatigue related aviation accidents. While these recommendations have been primarily focused on reducing work hours for pilots, crews, mechanics, air traffic control operators and other key aviation personnel, there are ways that the aviation... Read more

30-Sep-21 N74706 Robinson R44 Phoenix, US-Arizona

30-Sep-21 N74706 Robinson R44 Phoenix, US-Arizona

30-Sep-2021

Sole occupant pilot seriously injured... Read more

28-Sep-21 N212HT Robinson R44 Miami, US-Florida

28-Sep-21 N212HT Robinson R44 Miami, US-Florida

29-Sep-2021

Blade struck fence on landing.  Minor injury to the 4 POB Helicopter destroyed... Read more

24-Sep-21 N3255H Robinson R44 Prescott, US-Arizona

24-Sep-21 N3255H Robinson R44 Prescott, US-Arizona

24-Sep-2021

FAA report – Emergency landing on golf course due to engine issues.  Image issued by Prescott Airport suggests no damage, although it is unknown how heavy the landing was... Read more

12-Sep-21 RA-06238 Robinson R44 Zheleznodorozhny, Russia

12-Sep-21 RA-06238 Robinson R44 Zheleznodorozhny, Russia

12-Sep-2021

Reportedly due to instrument issues, helicopter landed in shallow river in four feet of water 2 people on board exited without injury... Read more

30-Aug-21 N779DZ Robinson R44 Elfin Cove, US-Alaska

30-Aug-21 N779DZ Robinson R44 Elfin Cove, US-Alaska

30-Aug-2021

Rolled off the side of the landing pad... Read more

27-Aug-21 N544SH Robinson R44 Prescott, US-Arizona

27-Aug-21 N544SH Robinson R44 Prescott, US-Arizona

27-Aug-2021

FAA : Low Rotor RPM, Emergency landing.  Damage level not known... Read more

ATSB seeks info from Robinson owners and operators

ATSB seeks info from Robinson owners and operators

18-Aug-2021Source: Australian Government

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is asking for pilots, operators, and engineers with knowledge of aft tail cone bulkhead or tail rotor gearbox input cartridge damage involving Robinson R22, R44 and R66 helicopters to make contact. The call for information comes as the ATSB releases an investigation update from its ongoing investigation of a... Read more

16-Jul-21 G-WHGA Robinson R44 Halfpenny Green, UK

16-Jul-21 G-WHGA Robinson R44 Halfpenny Green, UK

16-Jul-2021

Student solo flight.  Helicopter ended up on its port side in a wide open flat grass area... Read more

06-Jul-21 SP-CCC Robinson R44 Mikołajki, Poland

06-Jul-21 SP-CCC Robinson R44 Mikołajki, Poland

6-Jul-2021

3 POB escaped from this helicopter after it crashed heavily into the water of Lake Tałty – CCTV footage in this video from YouTube... Read more

Lebanese Army start R44 tourist flights to raise money

Lebanese Army start R44 tourist flights to raise money

5-Jul-2021Source: ARAB NEWS

The Lebanese army announced on Thursday that it is set to offer sightseeing rides in its helicopters in a bid to boost its coffers. The country’s ongoing economic crisis —  which the World Bank describes as “likely one of the world’s worst since the 1850s” — has hit the Lebanese military hard, leaving it struggling... Read more

05-Jul-21 N4945F Robinson R44 Portland, US-Oregon

05-Jul-21 N4945F Robinson R44 Portland, US-Oregon

5-Jul-2021

FAA report “struck a large bird on take off, damaging the door frame”.  Helicopter had not long taken off from Portland-Troutdale Airport... Read more

Lycoming announces major mid-year price rise

Lycoming announces major mid-year price rise

28-Jun-2021Source: Rotorcorp

On Friday, June 24th 2021 aircraft engine Manufacturer Lycoming announced a significant mid-year price hike to take effect next month on 24 July, 2021.  The company cited “inflation costs associated with components, surcharge increases, and ongoing availability” as the primary drivers for the sudden increase which was made even more unexpected by the timing of the increase well... Read more

14-Jun-21 N443SH Robinson R44 Sylva, US-North Carolina

14-Jun-21 N443SH Robinson R44 Sylva, US-North Carolina

14-Jun-2021

FAA report “Aircraft nose and rotor struck the ground” and no reported injuries to 3 POB  ... Read more

University of North Dakota adds fifth R44 Cadet

University of North Dakota adds fifth R44 Cadet

10-Jun-2021Source: Robinson Helicopter Company

In May, the University of North Dakota (UND) took delivery of its fifth R44 Cadet helicopter. This Cadet, like the University’s other four Cadets, will be used for flight training at UND’s helicopter division located in Grand Forks, North Dakota. “The acquisition of the fifth Cadet attests to how much UND approves of the aircraft.... Read more

07-Jun-21 N4162M Robinson R44 Boise, US-Idaho

07-Jun-21 N4162M Robinson R44 Boise, US-Idaho

7-Jun-2021

FAA “Aircraft landed in a field”... Read more

17-May-21 RA-????? Robinson R44 Mudyug Island, Russia (1F)

17-May-21 RA-????? Robinson R44 Mudyug Island, Russia (1F)

17-May-2021

Russian Investigative Committee statement “According to preliminary data, the crash of a Robinson helicopter near the island of Mudyug in the Arkhanglesk region was reported at 21:25 Moscow time on May 17, 2021. The helicopter set off from the Vaskovo airport in the Arkhangelsk region. As a result of the crash, one person died, two were... Read more

Helitowcart introduces R44 Clipper ground handling wheels

Helitowcart introduces R44 Clipper ground handling wheels

5-May-2021Source: Helitowcart

Helitowcart is pleased to announce the recently designed ground handling solution for R44 Clipper operators. The Dual Clipper Wheels are designed to allow Clipper operators a safe and practical way to move their aircraft on all types of surfaces, such as grass, gravel, dirt and asphalt. The kit includes dual 10” wheels for the best... Read more

02-May-21 N4528T Robinson R44 Monroe, US-North Carolina (1F)

02-May-21 N4528T Robinson R44 Monroe, US-North Carolina (1F)

2-May-2021

Wire strike during low level agricultural work.  Pilot died in the accident... Read more

Robinson Delivers 13,000th Helicopter

Robinson Delivers 13,000th Helicopter

30-Apr-2021Source: Robinson

On April 23, 2021 Robinson Helicopter delivered it’s 13,000 helicopter, R44 S/N 14438 to longtime Robinson dealer SKY Helicopters of Dallas, Texas. S/N 14438 shows off a brand-new paint scheme and is equipped with the latest in R44 options; a Lithium-ion battery, heated seats, and a 4K cockpit video camera. The aircraft also includes a... Read more

22-Apr-21 N4055N Robinson R44 Wilkes-Barre, US-Pennsylvania (1F)

22-Apr-21 N4055N Robinson R44 Wilkes-Barre, US-Pennsylvania (1F)

22-Apr-2021

Helicopter crashed in woodland under unknown circumstances at approx 9pm in evening.  The sole occupant pilot was named as the FAA-registered owner Sanjay Kansara, a doctor... Read more

05-Apr-21 N8348X Robinson R44 Johnson, US-Kansas

05-Apr-21 N8348X Robinson R44 Johnson, US-Kansas

5-Apr-2021

Loss of control while hovering (FAA).  2POB not injured... Read more

Robinson’s Cockpit Camera Now Available

Robinson’s Cockpit Camera Now Available

15-Feb-2021Source: Robinson

Robinson’s Cockpit Video Camera introduced at Heli Expo 2020 is now optional on R22/R44 helicopters and standard on R66 helicopters ordered after 15 January 2021. Securely mounted in the ceiling for minimal vibration and optimal field of view, the 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) video camera records video, intercom audio, radio communications, and... Read more

Lithium-Ion Battery Now Available for Robinson R44

Lithium-Ion Battery Now Available for Robinson R44

3-Feb-2021Source: Robinson Helicopter Company

Robinson Helicopter Company recently added the TB17 Lithium-ion battery to its R44 options. TB17 by True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument, offers substantial weight savings, improved starter performance, and longer life. At 16 pounds, the TB17 is substantially lighter than the R44’s standard 29.5-pound battery, reducing the helicopter’s overall weight by 13.5 pounds.... Read more

Eye In The Sky – Flight Data Recorder – achieves NZ certification

Eye In The Sky – Flight Data Recorder – achieves NZ certification

22-Jan-2021Source: Eye In The Sky

The Eye In The Sky has become the first to achieve an AML STC (Approved Model List – Supplemental Type Certificate) in New Zealand. This is a single STC that can be used across multiple helicopter types; initially the helicopters listed are EC130, AS350 and R44 with further aircraft types being added early 2021 Utilising... Read more

16-Jan-21 UR-ASD Robinson R44 Borispol, Ukraine

16-Jan-21 UR-ASD Robinson R44 Borispol, Ukraine

16-Jan-2021

Details unclear, apart from ending up on its port side as below Source... Read more

30-Dec-21 N442VB Robinson R44 Bronson, US-Florida (4F)

30-Dec-21 N442VB Robinson R44 Bronson, US-Florida (4F)

11-Jan-2021

A family of four died in a helicopter crash, named in this press story as Ronald Hicks, 36, Shelly Hicks, 32, Parker Hicks, 8, and Jaylyn Hicks, 5, of Bell, Florida.  The helicopter was registered to Hicks Seal Coating & Striping LLC. A father, mother, and their two children were killed Thursday night when their private... Read more

09-Jan-21 N322SH Robinson R44 Albany, US-Texas

09-Jan-21 N322SH Robinson R44 Albany, US-Texas

9-Jan-2021

Loss of power on take off, autorotation into field.  FAA report substantially damaged.  No injuries to 3POB... Read more

06-Jan-21 PR-WVW Robinson R44 Vila Velha, Brazil (2F)

06-Jan-21 PR-WVW Robinson R44 Vila Velha, Brazil (2F)

6-Jan-2021

Helicopter was on final approach to land at its base airport Vila Velha en route from Guarapari and suddenly lost height from 200ft to the ground.  Both occupants in the helicopter received fatal injuries.  They were named in this report as pilot Octavio Schneider Guieroz (68) and his girlfriend Lucimara Poleto (52). Video of accident... Read more

01-Jan-21 C-FBGT Robinson R44 Eaglesham, Canada (4F)

01-Jan-21 C-FBGT Robinson R44 Eaglesham, Canada (4F)

1-Jan-2021

Helicopter collided with terrain, killing all four on board – the owner, his wife and two of their five children – named in this report as Wade Balisky, 45, and Aubrey Balisky, 37, and two of their children, Jewel, 8, and Fleur, 2.  They were survived by their oldest three children. Location was a wide open... Read more

20-Dec-20 N3264U Robinson R44 Morris, US-Illinois

20-Dec-20 N3264U Robinson R44 Morris, US-Illinois

20-Dec-2020

Substantially damaged – during a touch-and-go, helicopter touched down and fell onto its side 1 minor injury... Read more

16-Dec-20 ZK-IAY Robinson R44 Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

16-Dec-20 ZK-IAY Robinson R44 Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

16-Dec-2020

43 year old pilot injured in accident while involved in ag spraying work, after hitting wires and crashing on a steep hillside.  Helicopter came to a halt further down the slope, but apparently still on its skids.  Airlifted to Gisborne Hospital Registration has been assumed on the basis of this being the only R44 on the... Read more

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