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Robinson Helicopter Company reports strong growth and continued product development in 2023

Robison Helicopter Company Press Release | February 27, 2024

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Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC), a global leader in civilian rotorcraft, highlights a strong year marked by increased deliveries, product advancements, and workforce expansion.

“Despite ongoing supply chain challenges, we are pleased to report a significant increase in total aircraft deliveries, from 258 in 2022 to 296 in 2023,” said Kurt Robinson, President of Robinson Helicopter Company. “This strong performance reflects the sustained demand for our reliable and accessible helicopters, both domestically and internationally.”

Key 2023 Highlights:

  • Increased Deliveries: Total aircraft deliveries grew by 15 percent, with all three Robinson models (R66, R44, and R22) experiencing delivery increases. Notably, R66 deliveries reached 118 units, solidifying its position as a popular choice for private, commercial, and law enforcement operators.
  • Global Reach: 64 percent of deliveries occurred outside the United States, illustrating Robinson’s strong global presence. Leading export markets included Brazil, Australia, Canada, and Mexico.
  • Commitment to Quality and Reliability: With over 13,800 aircraft delivered worldwide and the R66 surpassing 1.8 million flight hours without a single engine failure, Robinson continues to emphasize its commitment to building high-quality, reliable helicopters.
  • Growing Team: Recognizing the increased demand, Robinson expanded its workforce from 1,000 employees at the beginning of 2023 to over 1,100 at the start of 2024.
  • Enhanced Product Support: The company saw a substantial increase in spare parts and components deliveries, actively working to reduce lead times and meet current demand.
  • Product Advancements: The year saw the introduction of the FAA-approved symmetrical stabilizer standard on both the R66 and R44 models, improving handling characteristics in high-speed flight and turbulence. The new symmetrical stabilizer is now available on all new R44s and R66s. Retrofit kit options are available for existing models.
  • Focus on Unleaded Aviation Fuel: Robinson remains committed to finding an unleaded replacement for 100LL avgas. While current R22, R44 Raven I, and R44 Cadet models can operate on 91UL or 94UL, work continues with Lycoming and fuel manufacturers to develop a solution for the R44 Raven II.
  • Workhorse of Future Aviation Innovation: Robinson Helicopter Company serves as a workhorse platform for the advancement of future aviation technologies through collaborations with innovative companies like Rotor Technologies, Skyryse, and Tier 1. This includes projects exploring electric and hybrid propulsion, advanced rotorcraft designs, and autonomous flight systems.

HELI-EXPO 2024: Visit the Robinson Helicopter Company booths at HAI HELI-EXPO 2024 in Anaheim, CA, from February 27-29, 2024, BOOTH # 6322.

See the latest aircraft models, including the R66, R44 Raven II, and R22, all equipped with the new symmetrical stabilizer. A police helicopter with the new stabilizer will also be on display.

This press release was prepared and distributed by Robison Helicopter Company.

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