Robinson Helicopter Company began in 1973 as a helicopter manufacturing company, based in Southern California, which produces the R22, a two-seater model, and the R44, a four-seater model. In 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration certified the company’s newest model, the R66, a turbine-powered model, and since that time more than 100 R66 helicopters have been released to customers. In the past four decades, the company has built more than 10,000 helicopters. The company employs a workforce of approximately 1,000 workers who work in manufacturing, refurbishing older aircraft and providing training for instructors and technicians. Robinson also offers helicopters that are made specifically for law enforcement agencies and news organizations. There have been more than 1,220 accidents involving Robinson Helicopter aircraft. Nearly 300 of these were fatal accidents, and as a result, over 500 individuals have died.