Robinson Helicopter Company expanded its FAA/EASA-approved Repair Station in Torrance, California, by opening a standalone 37,000-square-foot facility dedicated to repairs and overhauls. Completed in approximately 18 months, Robinson explains the facility was designed to streamline the repair, inspection, and overhaul process.
The company explains the expansion was necessary to accommodate a growing demand for the quick repair of parts and component overhauls based on the increasing size of its helicopter fleet, which is now greater than 12,000 units.
Robinson organized the new space around the flow of parts. “The goal is to ensure parts are easily accounted for throughout each process and each process is done quickly and efficiently,” said John Hernandez, repair station manager, Robinson Helicopter.
The new facility features dedicated areas for disassembly and storage of blades, engines, and components, along with a large media blasting room, and a clean room for hydraulic disassembly and ultrasonic cleaning.
The Torrance facility is set-up to tear-down, clean and inspect components, engines and complete aircraft. Once aircraft are disassembled, cleaned and inspected, Robinson explains they are brought to the main facility for reassembly, paint, flight test and delivery.
“Whether it is an aircraft or individual component, Robinson Helicopter is dedicated to supporting our helicopters for as long as they are in operation,” said Hernandez.