Robinson Opens Dedicated MRO Facility
On 12 July 2019 Robinson Helicopter Company expanded its FAA/EASA approved Repair Station by opening a stand-alone 37,000 square foot facility dedicated to repairs and overhauls. Completed in approximately 18 months, the facility was designed to streamline the repair, inspection, and overhaul process.
As the size of the Robinson fleet (12,000+) grows, the demand for quick repair of parts and component overhauls increases each year. To maximize efficiency, 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,” stated John Hernandez, Robinson’s Repair Station Manager. Dedicated areas for disassembly and storage of blades, engines, and components, along with a large media blasting room, a clean room for hydraulic disassembly and ultrasonic cleaning, are all situated in close proximity.
In addition to the steady flow of repair and overhauled parts, Robinson performs helicopter repairs and overhauls in-house. The new facility is set-up to efficiently tear-down, clean and inspect components, engines and complete aircraft. Once aircraft are disassembled, cleaned and inspected they are brought to the main facility for reassembly, paint, flight test, and delivery.
Following the opening of the new facility, John Hernandez noted, “Whether it is an aircraft or individual component, Robinson Helicopter is dedicated to supporting our helicopters for as long as they are in operation.”