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PH-WNW Robinson R44 Raven I c/n 2077 - HeliFlite Helicopters - Lelystad Airport in Holland - 20 July 2012 PH-HCE Robinson R66 Turbine

The Robinson R44 Raven I is a single-engined light utility helicopter for up to 1 crew and 3 passengers, powered by a carburetted Lycoming O-540-F1B5 piston engine. The Robinson R44 is built and developed by the Robinson Helicopter Company in Torrance, California. Design of the Model R44 began in 1985. The first prototype flew on 31 March 1990 and the second in January 1991. Sales efforts got under way in March 1992 at a base price of 235.000 US-Dollars. FAA Type Certification for the R44 Astro was achieved on 10 December 1992, and the first Robinson R44 Astro was delivered in February 1993. In 2000, the R44 Astro was replaced as the main production model by the hydraulically-assisted R44 Raven. Today the four-seat Model R44 is the world's most popular helicopter with over 6300 delivered to customers all over the world. The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the R44 Raven I helicopters is R44.

On 23 October 2009, Helicon B.V., Bergen op Zoom., reserved registration PH-WNW for Robinson R44 Raven I s/n 2077. The 2010-built Robinson R44 Raven I was registered by Helicon B.V. on 26 May 2010. Robinson PH-WNW was one of four new Robinson R44 Raven I helicopters registered by Helicon B.V. that day. Early 2012, Robinson R44 Raven I PH-WNW entered service with HeliFlite BV, a new operator based at Lelystad Airport in The Netherlands. At that time, HeliFlite Helicopters operated four Robinson R44 helicopters: R44 D-HHED and PH-WMW; R44 I PH-WNW and R44 II D-HEAT. Robinson R44 Raven I PH-WNW was seen in service with HeliFlite during a training flight at Lelystad Airport. On 16 January 2014, registration PH-WNW was cancelled and the permit to fly the helicopter as D-HAAH was issued in Germany on 21 January 2014. Although, permit to fly as D-HAAH was issued, the Robinson was not registered in Germany, but transferred to France. On 8 August 2014, the Robinson R44 Raven I was registered F-HGSL with Larribe SARL, Saint de Laurent les Tours, France.

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