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Robinson R44 flying renderRobinson R44 Raven 2 Helicopter

 

 

 

 

 

The Robinson R44 Raven 2 is a great helicopter. It is said to be the most popular helicopter in the world! It has a great safety rating and can give nearly any other helicopter a run for it’s money as far as speed is concerned. It is also a comfortable helicopter, most modern versions are outfitted with leather seats and bubble windows so every occupant has a great view. The Robinson R44 is the primary helicopter used by all helicopter tour companies in the Los Angeles area.  In 2002, the Raven II, an R44 with a fuel injected engine was introduced and the R44 quickly became the company’s best-selling helicopter. By the end of 2010, more than 5000 R44 helicopters had been delivered worldwide.

Robinson has had different versions of both the R22 and R44 helicopters on the market for quite some time. Robinson recently introduced the R66 a larger helicopter with a turbine engine. The first R66 turbine helicopter was delivered in November 2010.

Frank Robinson started the Robinson Helicopter Company in Torrance, Ca at the Zamperini Field airport just south of Los Angeles in 1973. Frank had worked for both Bell Helicopter and the Hughes Helicopter Company. Robinson delivered their first helicopter in 1979.

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Los Angeles Airways Helicopter Service- A blast from the past

Los Angeles Airways Sikorsky S-55

Helicopter over Los Angeles in the 1950's

Los Angeles Airways was a helicopter airline offering several services around LA from the 1950′-60’s. The Picture above is a Sikorsky S-55 in flight over downtown Los Angeles. I love this photo! I love it for many reasons, first of all is because I am fascinated by anything and everything to do with Los Angeles history. Secondly, I think it is incredable that nearly 70 years ago there were helicopters flying the same path as we do today on our Los Angeles helicopter tours and other LA helicopter flights.

Los Angeles Airways helicopter tours

Los Angeles Airways Sikorsky S-61L (N300Y) lifting off from the Disneyland Hotel Heliport in 1963. (Photo by Robert J. Boser)

The Los Angeles Airways helicopter services were available from LAX to Disney Land and many other destinations around the city. Disney Land originally had a helicopter heliport located inside the park near Tomorrowland. It was later moved to the Disneyland hotel. I wish I could go back in time and go for a LA Airways flight!!

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