The first Robinson R66 Turbine helicopter in Europe arrives at Heli Air Wycombe
On Saturday 19 February 2011 Heli Air, High Wycombe, the UK's foremost Robinson Distributor hosted a party for the launch of Frank Robinson's latest addition to his successful fleet, the long awaited Robinson R66 Turbine Helicopter.
Inclement weather conditions did not deter anyone and people travelled from France, Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall to witness this historic event with around 500 in attendance.
Heli Air was honoured by the presence of The Mayor of Wycombe, Councillor Jane White and her Escort John Rolfe along with Brian Johnson the Chairman of Wycombe Parish Council.
The crowd waited patiently in great anticipation with the R66 helicopter hidden from view behind huge black satin screens. On hand were a highly professional team of Heli Air staff to answer questions, take bookings for future demonstration flights in the R66 and to ensure guests enjoyed their time. The raffle with a prize of a flight for four in the R66 was supported very well with all proceeds being donated to the British Disabled Flying Association. Heli Air is proud to announce a total of £519 was raised.
Charles Peel, the Chairman of Heli Air opened the launch and invited Sean Brown, Managing Director to count down to the screens being dropped to reveal what lay behind. The avalanche of a spectacular light and laser display drenched the helicopter in different colours - a sight to behold and truly breathtaking which was backed by the 633 squadron being performed by the local High Wycombe Music Centre! Immediately following, customers could get close up and personal with the R66 helicopter.
Sean Brown took the new owners up on the maiden flight with the weather, not brilliant, but good enough to fly a short circuit. Beaming owners were clearly impressed and very happy with their new purchase. There were two other demonstration flights, one being for the French contingency, who believe they may have been the first Frenchmen to fly in the R66 in Europe.
The buzz continued throughout the day - once again Heli Air had created a memory for everyone who attended ..... where did you see your first R66?
Heli Air would like to thank their sponsors Hayward Aviation Limited Insurance Brokers and Lombard Aviation Finance for their support. Also huge thanks to Rick Pope and team, Eagles catering, Aviation Styling, Sheldon Bosley, Damar Signs, DCS Europe, Copter Covers, Pentlands Business & Tax Advisors, LHC and all Heli Air staff for their commitment and continued support.
A short video of Sean Brown, Managing Director, flying the R66 on Saturday, February 19th: