Robinson To Build Its First Turbine Helicopter

 - March 5, 2007, 9:21 AM

Coming off its best year ever in terms of sales, Robinson Helicopter president and founder Frank Robinson today confirmed in an interview with AINtv long-time speculation that the company is developing a five-seat turbine-powered helicopter called the R66. Robinson said the R66 will be powered by a new Rolls-Royce engine, the Model 300, which will be officially announced tomorrow by Rolls-Royce. It has long been Robinson’s philosophy that designs should be simple to keep costs down and make it easier on the operators. The R66 will almost certainly follow this principle. Though Robinson has not yet detailed the specifications, configuration or price of the R66 or when it will be certified, he did say to expect it to enter service in about three years.