Frank Robinson says the record production run his eponymous helicopter company has enjoyed in recent years has come to an end. “This won’t be a record year,” he says. “This is a recession year. [The high production rates] stopped last December.” Nevertheless, he says certification work on the R-66—Robinson Helicopter Co.’s first turbine-powered model—continues, albeit at a slower pace than anticipated because of new FAA requirements for increased testing and analysis. As a result, he says ...


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