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 3 May 2014, four Russian registered Robinson helicopters, including Robinson R44 Raven I RA-06359,
came in from Bremen at Amsterdam Heliport on the aerosouz' 2014 tour from Moscow to Paris.
On 5 May 2014, Robinson R66 Turbine RA-06215 and Robinson R44s RA-04327; RA-06313 and RA-06359 departed from Amsterdam Heliport on their way to Paris.