By James T. McKenna | March 2, 2007
Frank Robinson told a packed briefing room at Heli-Expo 2007 that Robinson Helicopter Co. is developing a five-seat, turbine-powered helicopter to capture the market for replacing the oldest Bell 206 JetRangers. The aircraft wonâ€™t be on the market for 3-5 years. Robinson didnâ€™t say much more than that the aircraft will use a new Rolls-Royce Model 300 turbine engine, which that manufacturer is to unveil today. What will the new aircraftâ€™s performance and price be? Robinsonâ€™s answer to those and most other questions about the aircraft specifics was, â€œSomewhere between the R44 Raven 2 and the JetRanger.â€ His reticence frustrated some in the room who have long awaited the turbine Robinson.