The launching of Robinson Helicopter in 1973 was by Frank Robinson in Torrance, California. Frank Robinson aimed to manufacture the world’s superior, efficient, reliable, and cost-effective helicopters. Robinson designed the R-22 chopper in 1979, which was affordable and accessible; thus, it gained new customers in the global market. Currently, Robinson Helicopter maintains the production capacity of more than 12,000 helicopters annually. As a result, the firm’s two brands, R-44 and R-66, leads in aircraft sales. The two models are designed in various configurations to offer different roles, such as police surveys and news coverage. The Robinson family owns the entire multi-billion business and ensures that the company remains innovative.
Frank Robison was born in 1930 in Carbonado, Washington, during the Great Depression. Frank gained interest in fling objects on the air during his childhood, making him pursue a degree in helicopter design. In 1957, Robison started his Cessna Aircraft Company’s career. He further worked with McCulloch Motor, Bell helicopters, and Hughes companies, where he gained expertise in rotor vane technology. Additionally, he gained experience working on numerous R and D projects, aircraft engine programs. Robinson resigned from Hughes to form his company. In 1975, he flew R-22 which was certified four years later, and the firm became the top seller of civil helicopters in the world. To date, the aircraft holds world records in its density, speed, and altitude.
The firm’s reputation for manufacturing high-quality rotor-wing aircraft enables its brand to penetrate the global market. Frank plays a critical role in the company’s success. His leadership prowess has enabled Robinson Helicopter to become the leading global seller of civilian helicopters and a world supplier of rotor accessories. For a decade, the firm has positioned itself as a worldwide supplier of engines, body parts of R-22, R-44, and R-66 helicopters. The firm has tremendous latest improvements through intensification of research and development, offering glass avionics and autopilot technology. As a result, the Robinson Helicopter’s growth has enabled it to reach 1,500 customers in more than 45 nations around the globe, emerging as the most trusted and recognized helicopter manufacturer.