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. Over 6400 of the four-seat Model R44s are delivered to customers all
over the world. The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the R44 Raven II helicopters is R44.
On 6 June 2001, Robinson R44 Raven I s/n 1057 was registered PH-MVR in the Netherlands
with Wibo Vastgoed BV, Utrecht. The 2001-built Robinson R44 Raven I
PH-MVR was registered with Lelykopters BV, Lelystad, on 4 January 2013. Registration PH-MVR was cancelled as exported to Russia on 1 November 2013.