Robinson Helicopter’s [Booth 3501] R44 Raven II ranked as the world’s top-selling helicopter while its R66 became the world’s top-selling civil turbine helicopter, said the company.
The Torrance, California-based manufacturer based those claims on the latest annual tally of aircraft deliveries by the General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. GAMA’s General Aviation Aircraft Shipment 2015 Year End Report, released Feb. 10, stated that Robinson delivered 347 helicopters last year—117 R66s, 152 R44 Raven IIs, 44 R44 Raven Is and 34 R22s. That marked a slight increase over the 329 produced in 2014.
In 2015, in response to customer feedback, Robinson introduced a variety of optional glass avionics along with a stability augmentation system (SAS) and autopilot. The company also announced the development of its latest model, the R44 Cadet, a 2-place R44 designed specifically for training and utilitarian applications.
Robinson said its top priority in 2016 is certifying the R44 Cadet, which it plans to display this week in Louisville.