Tyres Fitter Gets a Handle on Most Unusual Job of the Week

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The most unusual job of the week saw one of our fitters called out to Cambridge Airport to replace the inner tubes in the tyres of a Robinson R22 helicopter.

Our tyres fitter was asked to fit the inner tubes to a pair of 4 inch handling wheels which are used for the ground handling of the Robinson R22.

Like most light single engine helicopters, Robinson’s have detachable handling wheels with very small tyres. But to complicate matters further, the wheels are split rims which are made in two halves and connected by four bolts.

But our fitter was totally unphased by the job and it was finished in a matter of minutes.

Though originally designed primarily as a small two-seat helicopter for personal use, the Robinson R22 is a popular pilot training helicopter, due to its affordable price and low maintenance and operating costs.

The Robinson Helicopter Company of Torrance, California, is the largest manufacturer of civil helicopters in the world.

It was founded in 1973 by Frank Robinson, an ex-employee of Bell Helicopter and the Hughes Helicopter Company.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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