Robinson Helicopter Production Soars 45 Percent
January 17, 2013 - Robinson Helicopter Company, world's leading manufacturer of civil helicopters, produced 517 helicopters in 2012, a 45 percent increase over the 2011 total of 356.
The company announced it produced 286 R44s, 191 R66s, and 40 R22s. As in previous years, 70 percent of shipments were to foreign customers.
The current order book, coupled with a production rate of 12 aircraft per week, points to increased deliveries in 2013. Robinson Helicopter's workforce is now more than 1,300 people, and the company is well positioned to increase production later in the year, the company stated.
Demand for R66 upgrades, specifically floats and a cargo hook, has been greater than expected, prompting Robinson to make certification of these options a top priority for 2013.