To the rotorcraft industry, he's
been a legend... and to those of us at ANN who have been privileged
to call him a friend, we take this announcement with bittersweet
feelings. There is NO DOUBT that a large part of today's helicopter
industry would simply not exist without the genius and inspiration
of Frank Robinson, but we are pleased to see his legacy passed to
such capable and proper hands.
Frank Robinson, founder of Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC),
officially announced on August 10, 2010 that he has resigned as
President and Chairman of the Board.
Robinson intended to retire on his 80th birthday in January,
2010 but elected to postpone his retirement until the design of the
R66 Turbine was complete. With R66 production underway and FAA
certification imminent, Robinson decided to make his retirement
official. Kurt Robinson was elected by the Board of Directors to
assume the positions of President and Chairman on August 10,
Kurt and Frank Robinson
RHC's upper management team remains in place and the Company
does not anticipate any significant changes. Frank Robinson
founded the Torrance, California company in 1973 and without
question has been the driving force behind its success. Robinson
Helicopter currently manufactures more civilian helicopters than
any other helicopter manufacturer in the world.
Kurt Robinson, who started at the Company in 1987, stated that
"while there is no one person that can replace Frank, we have a
very strong team of managers that have been with the Company for
more than 20 years. We are looking forward to a smooth transition
and an exciting future."