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TheRobinson R44is a four-seat lighthelicopterproduced by theRobinson Helicopter Companysince 1992. Based on the companys two-placeRobinson R22, the R44 features hydraulically-assisted flight controls.
In the early 1930's, Arthur Young, a brilliant young inventor, built and successfully demonstrated a viable, flyable helicopter model. Larry Bell, a successful entrepreneur and founder of the Bell Aircraft Corporation was so impressed with Young's efforts that in 1941 he set the youthful inventor up in a small shop in Gardenville, New York
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The R44 is a single-engined helicopter with a semi-rigid two-bladed main rotor and a two-bladed tail rotor and a skid landing gear. It has an enclosed cabin with two rows of side-by-side seating for a pilot and three passengers.
The R44 was first flown on 31 March 1990, and receivedFAAcertification in December 1992, with the first delivery in February 1993.
Tail rotor direction of rotation on the R44 is reversed compared to the R22 for improved yaw control authority. On the R44 the advancing blade is on the bottom.
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