More often than not, helicopter manufacturers have a tendency to think military first, private market second. Producing armored helicopters popular among military forces around the globe is generally seen as a mark of success. And who can blame them? Governments have deep pockets, generally.
Robinson’s philosophy is something different. For the Californian company, the civil market is key, and proudly owning a chopper is not supposed to be something unattainable. This is the philosophy of founder and president Frank D. Robinson, recipient of the Howard Hughes Memorial Award. The R44 and R66 models have proven to be both a commercial and technical success, with the R22 being the fastest helicopter in its weight class. To date, Robinson has enjoyed a massive success, to the point that it can call itself the largest manufacturer of civil helicopter in the world – 2007 saw an output of no less than 800 choppers delivered.