Robinson Helicopter president and CEO Frank Robinson said yesterday that he is planning within the next few weeks to flight test an R44 Raven equipped with a two-axis autopilot, possibly paving the way for IFR certification of the four-place piston helicopter. Robinson currently offers an R44 IFR trainer but it can be flown only in VFR conditions.
Robinson Helicopter has been recognized as one of Los Angeles’ fastest-growing private companies. At a November city reception, Frank Robinson was given an award to mark his company’s year-on-year increase in 2004 and 2005. Robinson rated the highest among other private businesses.
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