ROBINSON R44 RAVEN II LIGHT HELICOPTER AT KASSEL AIRPORT ON 7TH SEPTEMBER 2015 l PHOTOS, VIDEO & TEXT BY KLAUS EWALD
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Franklin Davis Robinson, born in 1930 in Carbonado/Washington, is a world famous helicopter specialist and an award winning aviation industrialist. After given a diploma in aviation and space engineering at the Wichita State University of Kansas Frank Robinson worked for some of the biggest names in aviation industry such as Cessna, Bell Helicopters and Hughes Helicopters. In 1973 he decided to create a helicopter company of his own, because he had not been able to convince one of his former employers to construct a small and light multi-purpose helicopter to be sold on a reasonable price. Today the Robinson Helicopter Company, residing at Torrance/California, is the leading producer of civilian helicopters employing some 1200 people. Frank Robinson, who handed over the presidency of his company to his son Kurt in 2010, is a holder both of a helicopter and plane licence and received a lot of highly respected awards like the Igor I. Sikorsky Trophy (1990), the Howard Hughes Memorial Award (2004) and the Daniel Guggenheim Medal (2013). In 1998 he was Enterpreneur of the Year.
The Robinson R44 had it`s maiden flight in 1993. It is 8.97 metres long and 3.02 metres high and has got a weight of 684 kilograms. It`s travel speed is about 210 km/h carrying one pilot and three passengers. The helicopter is powered by a 6 cylinder boxer engine made by Lycoming that is supplied with fuel injection at the Raven II model in contrast to the type I, that is equipped with carburettors. Top model of Robinson Helicopters is the R66, designed on the R44 base, with five seats and powered by a Rolls Royce turbine engine. The R44 with the registration code D-HNEL shown here is sponsored by a German banking group under public law and is owned by a private charity foundation collecting money for schools in developing countries by selling sightseeing flights to interested people. The video was recorded at the modern Kassel Airport in central Germany, home of big AIRBUS Helicopters, ZF and Piper facilities, at very wet and cloudy weather conditions in the afternoon of 7th September 2015.
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