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September 25, 2000 | PETER PAE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hovering 1,000 feet above Long Beach, Frank Robinson banks his R-44 helicopter and brings into sight an eerie reminder of California's once-dominant aerospace industry, a sprawling McDonnell Douglas factory that now sits idle and empty. But a short time later, as the 70-year-old Robinson begins his approach to Torrance Municipal Airport, the view changes dramatically. Near the runway, two helicopters resembling large dragonflies are preparing to take off.
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January 27, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Federal safety experts are recommending that owners of Robinson Helicopter Co.'s four-seat R44 choppers replace the aircraft's fuel tanks after crash investigators found accidents resulted in deaths that could have been avoided. The National Transportation Safety Board said this month it made the recommendation after investigations found crashes of R44 helicopters that were “survivable for the occupants, but fatal or serious injuries occurred because of a post-crash fire that resulted from an impact-related breach in the fuel tanks.” The Torrance company has produced nearly 6,000 of its single-engine R44 helicopters since the first one was delivered in 1993.
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BUSINESS
February 4, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Robinson Helicopters Remain Airborne: The Federal Aviation Administration announced an "interim" plan to deal with safety questions regarding the R22 and R44 small helicopters built by Robinson Helicopter Co. in Torrance, but the plan does not include grounding the aircraft as was recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board. The board suggested the action in early January in light of several fatal accidents.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2011
Robinson Helicopter Co. Location: Torrance Founded: 1973 by Frank Robinson Employees: About 900 Helicopters: Two-seat R-22, four-seat R-44 and five-seat R-66; more than 9,500 helicopters delivered since 1973 2010 sales: An estimated $75 million Sources: Robinson Helicopter Co., Dun & Bradstreet Inc.
BUSINESS
January 9, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
NTSB Recommends Grounding Two Types of Helicopters: The National Transportation Safety Board said in a letter that it was recommending the action until experts can figure out what caused four crashes that killed seven people in Germany, Switzerland and the United States last year. In each case, investigators suspect malfunctioning rotor blades on the light helicopters Robinson R-22 and Robinson R-44, manufactured by the Robinson Helicopter Co. of Torrance.
BUSINESS
September 28, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court jury awarded about $4.5 million Tuesday to the family of a prominent Orange County surgeon who died in a helicopter crash two years ago, finding that the maker of the aircraft shared some responsibility for the accident. Although the jury found that Dr. Todd L. Passoff was mostly responsible for the accident, it found that the craft made by Robinson Helicopter Co. had a control panel design defect that contributed to the crash. The company promised an appeal.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Federal safety experts are recommending that owners of Robinson Helicopter Co.'s four-seat R44 choppers replace the aircraft's fuel tanks after crash investigators found accidents resulted in deaths that could have been avoided. The National Transportation Safety Board said this month it made the recommendation after investigations found crashes of R44 helicopters that were “survivable for the occupants, but fatal or serious injuries occurred because of a post-crash fire that resulted from an impact-related breach in the fuel tanks.” The Torrance company has produced nearly 6,000 of its single-engine R44 helicopters since the first one was delivered in 1993.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1994 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What caused a helicopter piloted by a prominent Orange County surgeon to crash two years ago is the question confronting jurors in a trial that began Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court. Dr. Todd L. Passoff died in the crash shortly after lifting off from an Anaheim hospital. His family has sued Robinson Helicopter Co., the Torrance-based manufacturer of the helicopter that the orthopedic surgeon was flying.
BUSINESS
December 15, 1992 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Compared to giants like Lockheed, McDonnell Douglas and Northrop, the name Robinson Helicopter Co. may not ring a bell, but the privately owned company in Torrance ranks among the most successful aircraft companies in Southern California. Robinson recently set plans for a major expansion of its plant at the Torrance Airport, following recent federal certification of its newest helicopter model, the R-44. It will add about 300 jobs next year, up from the current 420.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2011
Robinson Helicopter Co. Location: Torrance Founded: 1973 by Frank Robinson Employees: About 900 Helicopters: Two-seat R-22, four-seat R-44 and five-seat R-66; more than 9,500 helicopters delivered since 1973 2010 sales: An estimated $75 million Sources: Robinson Helicopter Co., Dun & Bradstreet Inc.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2000 | PETER PAE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hovering 1,000 feet above Long Beach, Frank Robinson banks his R-44 helicopter and brings into sight an eerie reminder of California's once-dominant aerospace industry, a sprawling McDonnell Douglas factory that now sits idle and empty. But a short time later, as the 70-year-old Robinson begins his approach to Torrance Municipal Airport, the view changes dramatically. Near the runway, two helicopters resembling large dragonflies are preparing to take off.
BUSINESS
February 4, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Robinson Helicopters Remain Airborne: The Federal Aviation Administration announced an "interim" plan to deal with safety questions regarding the R22 and R44 small helicopters built by Robinson Helicopter Co. in Torrance, but the plan does not include grounding the aircraft as was recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board. The board suggested the action in early January in light of several fatal accidents.
BUSINESS
January 9, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
NTSB Recommends Grounding Two Types of Helicopters: The National Transportation Safety Board said in a letter that it was recommending the action until experts can figure out what caused four crashes that killed seven people in Germany, Switzerland and the United States last year. In each case, investigators suspect malfunctioning rotor blades on the light helicopters Robinson R-22 and Robinson R-44, manufactured by the Robinson Helicopter Co. of Torrance.
BUSINESS
September 28, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court jury awarded about $4.5 million Tuesday to the family of a prominent Orange County surgeon who died in a helicopter crash two years ago, finding that the maker of the aircraft shared some responsibility for the accident. Although the jury found that Dr. Todd L. Passoff was mostly responsible for the accident, it found that the craft made by Robinson Helicopter Co. had a control panel design defect that contributed to the crash. The company promised an appeal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1994 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What caused a helicopter piloted by a prominent Orange County surgeon to crash two years ago is the question confronting jurors in a trial that began Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court. Dr. Todd L. Passoff died in the crash shortly after lifting off from an Anaheim hospital. His family has sued Robinson Helicopter Co., the Torrance-based manufacturer of the helicopter that the orthopedic surgeon was flying.
BUSINESS
December 15, 1992 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Compared to giants like Lockheed, McDonnell Douglas and Northrop, the name Robinson Helicopter Co. may not ring a bell, but the privately owned company in Torrance ranks among the most successful aircraft companies in Southern California. Robinson recently set plans for a major expansion of its plant at the Torrance Airport, following recent federal certification of its newest helicopter model, the R-44. It will add about 300 jobs next year, up from the current 420.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1992
The Torrance City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to lease more land at Torrance Municipal Airport to Robinson Helicopter Co. so the company can expand to accommodate production of its new helicopter, the four-seat R-44. Company President Frank D. Robinson said that because of the city's action he will shelve plans to build the R-44 on property he owns in Santa Maria. The company will pay $21,740 per month on the new lease.
NEWS
August 4, 1994 | JON GARCIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hawthorne and Gardena police officials say they will continue to use the R-22 police helicopter despite a National Transportation Safety Board report that the craft may be unsafe. Police departments in both cities began using the helicopter as an airborne patrol unit Friday, only a week after Federal Aviation Administration officials were asked to investigate possible problems with the helicopter's rotor blades. "We've queried (Robinson Helicopter Co.
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