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The Rolls-Royce RR300 engine has moved past the one-million-flight-hour milestone, providing Robinson R66 helicopter operators nearly a decade of reliable service.
The R66 and the RR300 engine were jointly announced in 2007 by the iconic Frank Robinson and Rolls-Royce, and the helicopter was certified into service in 2010. Since that time, Robinson’s first gas-turbine powered helicopter has proven itself in dependable service around the world, with a growing fleet of nearly 1,000 helicopters delivered.
Paul Matthews, Rolls-Royce, senior vice president of sales, said, “We congratulate Robinson Helicopter for this outstanding record of service – one million flight hours is a significant milestone and reflects the exceptional design and reliability of the R66. Rolls-Royce is proud to have partnered with Frank Robinson, and now, his son, Kurt, on the R66 helicopter for more than a decade.”
Kurt Robinson, president of Robinson Helicopter, said, “We believe this milestone is a testament to the R66’s outstanding performance and confirms its place as a leader in the helicopter industry.”
The Rolls-Royce RR300 was developed as a derivative of the M250 turboshaft engine – itself an icon with proven performance over decades of service. The RR300 is a compact, powerful and fuel efficient engine, which has proven to be extremely reliable in service – literally around the world in circumnavigation flights, and to the North Pole.