The FAA has agreed to pay $4.5 million in damages to Gavin Heyworth, the sole survivor of a Nov. 6, 2003, midair between two helicopters operating at Zamperini Field in Torrance, Calif. In a trial held in May, U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper found the FAA liable for the accident. Heyworth was piloting the Robinson R22 that collided with an R44 flown by Robert Bailey and Brett Boyd, who perished in the crash.
U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper has overturned the NTSB’s probable cause of a November 2003 midair between two helicopters at Zamperini Field in Torrance, Calif. Cooper ruled that the government, “acting by and through the conduct of its ATC, their supervisors and the FAA,” caused serious injuries to Robinson R22 student pilot Gavin Heyworth and the death of R44 pilots Robert Bailey and Brett Boyd.
U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper disagreed with the NTSB’s probable cause of a midair between two helicopters on Nov.
Robinson Helicopter Co. (RHC) will break ground on a 50-percent expansion of its Torrance, Calif. factory later this year. The 260,000-sq-ft combination manufacturing plant, flight-test facility and delivery center will extend westward along the south side of Torrance Airport’s Runway 11/29, adding 130,000 sq ft.
Frank Robinson, the 74-year-old firm-handed founder, chairman and president of Robinson Helicopter, says that as long as he’s sitting behind the big desk he’ll do exactly what he pleases. What pleases him? “Keeping it simple,” he explained, “and when I retire or die, whoever takes my place, hopefully, keeps that long-standing philosophy of mine alive.”