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New empennage design approved by FAA for Robinson R22

May 2, 2024  By Helicopters Staff

2024 marks the 45th anniversary of Robinson’s two-seat R22 helicopter. (Photo: Robinson Helicopter)

Robinson Helicopter Company secured FAA approval for its new empennage design for the R22 helicopter. As a result the company’s entire fleet is now approved for the new empennage design, which includes a symmetric horizontal stabilizer and tailcone. The design is now standard on all newly manufactured Robinson helicopters.

In addition to the R44 and R66, Robinson will offer a retrofit empennage kit for existing R22 owners. Robinson explains the forthcoming retrofit kit for the R22 will be available at a discounted rate through the end of December 2024. The retrofit kit allows the installation of the new symmetrical stabilizer on the existing tailcones in the field without requiring a complete tailcone replacement.

“This certification underscores Robinson Helicopter Company’s dedication to engineering enhancements that make our aircraft more accessible and easier to fly,” said David Smith, CEO of Robinson Helicopter Company. “By doing so, we unlock even more opportunities for the next generation to experience the joy of flight and build long careers in aviation.”



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