Born in 1930, Frank Robinson was born at an opportune point in history As a child he saw a photograph of Igor Sikorsky’s VS300 prototype in a local newspaper. On that day his life’s course was set. By 1957 he had completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering, landed a job at the Cessna Aircraft Company, and was on his way to establishing himself as a force in helicopter industry.
After Cessna, Robinson worked at Umbaugh, McCulloch Motor Company, Kaman Aircraft, Bell Helicopter, and Hughes Helicopter Company. The wide variety of experience included certification work, product development, and even R&D work. Unable to interest any of his employers in his concepts for small, low cost helicopters, he set out on his own in 1973 to form Robinson Helicopter Company near his home in Torrance, California.
For the next 40 years, Robinson Helicopter Company has accomplished Frank’s dream of producing efficient, cost effective, civil aviation helicopters. In the past 40 years over 13,000 Robinson Helicopters have been delivered to companies, military organizations, government agencies, police forces, and training centers around the world. Today, the company is recognized as a leader in the field.
Throughout the company’s existence, Robinson Helicopter Company has been dedicated to maintaining Frank’s goal of continual improvement, development, and dependability. Strong research and development has kept the company at the forefront of technology. A well developed production ethic, which employs a highly skilled manufacturing staff, insures the quality, efficiency, and reliability Frank Robinson has taken on as his life’s work.
For over 40 years, Frank Robinson dedicated himself to his goal of producing a small, affordable, dependable helicopter. After a long career, and numerous awards for innovation, advancement in aviation technology, and product excellence, Frank retired in 2010 at the age of 80. His son, Kurt, took the helm and continues his father’s work.