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Just Say No

Do you have slogans that you like?  I love the Nike slogan “Just do it”, but that is not great advice when you are trying to make a decision about flying and weather! The following are my thoughts on VFR flying and weather decision making that I wrote when ferrying a new helicopter from the USA to Canada over a few... View Article

Robinson Helicopter R44 Pre-Flight Inspection

  Follow along as we do a pre-flight cockpit inspection on the Robinson R44 helicopter. This is how we prepare the helicopter before we do an exterior pre-flight inspection and before we go flying.     Now that you have seen the Interior Pre-Flight inspection checklist, follow along as we do a pre-flight exterior inspection.     Comment below and... View Article

Traffic Light State of Flying

Flying in the Yellow: When I was learning to fly I was taught something by my instructor that I have passed on to my many students and clients over the years.  I find it helps me stay ready and hopefully it helps you.     When flying, you want to be in the “YELLOW” state.  Have you ever heard of... View Article

Robbie Tips with Luke

One of our missions is to always provide the best knowledge about Robinson Helicopters. We also want to give you safety, and technical advice that will help you with your flying adventures. Here are some short tips, so you can remember and remind yourself. After you’re finished reading, leave me a comment. I would like to know your answers to... View Article

Robinson Safety Course Logs 21,000 Graduates

Robinson Helicopter has had more than 21,000 pilots attend the three-and-a-half-day safety course at its California factory since the mid-1980s and thousands more at foreign-based courses sponsored by its dealers in 30 different countries to date. Robinson exports roughly 70 percent of the helicopters it builds. In any given year the factory teaches 14 to 16 courses with attendance averaging... View Article

Technology and VRF Cross Country Flying

Technology and Cross country flying I just completed a flight in an R44 from Canada to Mexico!  What a beautiful flight.  I wanted to share with you some of the technology that I used to assist with my decision making and to make the trip easier.  Technology is a great tool when you learn to use it correctly.  At the... View Article

A Letter from Kurt Robinson

ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY 29 November 2018 To: Robinson Dealers & Service Centers In a recent newspaper article, the Robinson R44 helicopter was called out for its apparent high accident rate. Citing 2006–2016 accident statistics, the reporter blames the helicopter. NTSB accident records, however, dispute this. During the same time period, the NTSB determined that nearly 90% of the accidents occurring... View Article

Robinson Adds Avidyne IFD Options

Robinson Adds Avidyne IFD Options Torrance, CA — Robinson added Avidyne’s IFD 400 series touchscreen GPS navigators to its R22, R44 and R66 avionics options. The 400 series may be operated by either touchscreen or buttons and knobs which allows the IFD to be installed in the helicopter’s lower center console or in the pilot side console. Wi-Fi, for interfacing... View Article

Transport Canada Approves R66 Cargo Hook

Torrance, CA (3 December 2018) — On 8 November 2018, Transport Canada approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation, providing Canadian commercial lift operators with a high performance, low-cost solution giving them a leg up on the competition. The optional cargo hook carries external loads up to 1200 lb., and the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2700 lb. to 2900 lb. The... View Article

Fear and Flying

People ask me all the time, is flying helicopters dangerous? Since I have been asked this many times now, I thought I would write about the topic of fear and flying. Fear is something that I feel is good if you are able to harness it and use it to your advantage. Fear is something that we all deal with... View Article

NEW Tricks for the R66

  Vertical Magazine recently came out with this feature on NEW Tricks for the R66. We hope you find today’s blog post informative, as our mission here is to continue to provide you with more Knowledge about Robinson Helicopters. Robinson’s New External Cargo Hook kit for the R66 can be ordered with optional bubble windows for either side of the... View Article

R66 Utility Helicopter: Latest Upgrades

The Utility R66 Helicopter is full of great specs.  We wanted to feature the R66 today on the blog, so you can gain more knowledge on some of the new features this model has to offer. In the image below, notice the wire strike kit on the nose and in front of each of the skit tubes.  The wire strike kit... View Article

The Global Helicopters Market is growing.

Global Helicopters Market Is Expected to Reach $37.87 Billion, Says Variant Market Research According to the latest report published by Variant Market Research, the global helicopters market size is projected to reach $37.87 billion by 2025. In this report, helicopters market forecast says that the global market is growing at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2017 to 2025. By geography, Asia-Pacific is... View Article

Airwolf offers improved protective blade tape for R44s and R22s

Airwolf Aerospace LLC is now offering improved protective blade tape for Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters. Lab testing shows that the new blade tape is seven times more durable than the original blade tape. Airwolf believes pilots should not be afraid to fly in rainy, dusty, or corrosive conditions. Users of Airwolf’s blade tape do not need to repeatedly sand... View Article

15 Reasons to Buy a Robinson Helicopter

If you have been searching for your next helicopter, you have probably heard of the Robinson Helicopters. Robinson helicopters are the world’s top-selling helicopters, so we thought you should know our 15 reasons why you should buy one! Are you ready? Let’s dive in. 1. KISS principle: These helicopters are simple and easy to fly. Maintenance is simply performed every... View Article

Robinson R66 Cargo Hook Approved

Robinson’s cargo hook installation for the R66 turbine single has received FAA approval. Its optional $28,000 cargo hook increases the R66’s maximum gross weight to 2,900 pounds from 2,700 pounds and carries external loads up to 1,200 pounds. The installation includes an Onboard Systems cargo hook; right- and left-seat controls, allowing solo flight from either seat; a left-seat hydraulic switch;... View Article

Buying Your First Helicopter in Canada

When you get to a stage in life where you can afford some of life’s luxuries you should not have to compromise for safety or quality and you get both at a very reasonable price in the Robinson Helicopter.  This is why it has been the Worlds Top Selling Helicopter for the past 20 years. If you have dreamed of flying... View Article

New Avionics: Garmin TXi Displays for R66

Robinson Helicopter has added new avionics options to its R66 Turbine helicopter. Garmin’s G500H brings primary flight and navigation information on two flat screens mounted on a newly designed panel in the R66. The new landscape display is perfect for the pilot to switch between a full-screen primary function display or full-screen moving map. It has an option for synthetic... View Article

New Garmin Avionics in the 2018 R44

The R44 helicopter delivers the performance of an expensive turbine helicopter at an affordable piston price. Its sleek design, impressive speed, and unparalleled reliability give it the competitive edge in today’s fast-paced, changing environment. Now Robinson Helicopters has updated the gamin avionics system in the 2018 R44 which is super fancy. Way to go Robinson! We recently went to the Vegas... View Article