US based Robinson Helicopters more than doubled its production numbers in 2011, turning out 356 helicopters as compared to 162 in 2010.
The numbers are a welcome turnaround for the world’s largest maker of civilian helicopters, which saw orders plummet amid the US recession. The company built 893 aircraft at its peak two years ago.
For 2011, Robinson said it made 214 four seat R44s, 56 two-seat R22s and 88 of its new turbine powered, five-seat R66s.
Robinson enters 2012 with a backlog of more than 400 orders.