I guess that brings up the old joke on the floor at Robinson.
What is the difference between God and Frank Robinson........
God does not think he is Frank
But seriously, Frank has brought helicopter flying to a large sector of the population that otherwise would never had had the opportunity to feel the freedom of helicopter flying. He has overcome huge obstacles and has my full admiration.
I can not say I am a fan of the new directives. It does seem a bit one sided.
Retrofitting about 2000 R 44 and 2000 R44ll at a cost of $13,000 each Menes an expenditure of approx 52 million, with most of it going to Robinson is a bit hard to swallow, considering it's questionable necessity.
But back to the original rant and off mine. Cause I like a good rant as much as the next guy.
When I purchased my new R44, it was made very clear to me by the dealer that I would not be allowed to take the machine off Robinsons property, unless I met:
- minimum hours required
- had completed the safety course
- had flown the route home at least twice previously
All of the documents requiring this were on the Robinson site at the time.
They appear to be up dated since then but are still on there to this day.
My dealer went over them very carefully with me as he had lots of stories of people getting their money handed back to them as they did not meet Robinson's criteria. Hopefully your dealer can represent you at Robinson and seek a resolution but I doubt Robinson will budge much as these requirements have been in effect for at least 10 years.
Therefor, MileHighR44, with all due respect, I doubt you will find many here cheering on your threat to sue Robinson as it would appear that threats of lawsuits against this self insured company have just kicked all Robinson owners in the wallet again.
This time for 52 million dollars.