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Robin doubles DR401 aircraft production

In April 2018, Robin Aircraft have doubled production of the iconic DR401 from twelve to 24 aircraft per year.

Demand for the DR401 has increased steadily, pushing lead times at the factory in Darois to over 12 months. With a full order book to March 2019, Robin Aircraft have taken on more engineers and craftsmen to meet the demand.

New livery options and interior design enhancements keep the DR401 as the best value in certified four-seat aircraft.

You can see the Robin DR401 at the Elite London (11-12 May) and at AeroExpo UK (14-16 June), both at Wycombe Air Park. Contact us for details.


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Another new Robin DR401 155CDI for the UK

Seen here flown by ferry pilot Mike Nash-Wortham in formation with Steve & Jennie Bailey of Mistral Aviation, a new DR401 155CDI flies from the Robin factory in Darois to its new home in the UK. After issue of its first ARC and its C of A at Elstree, the beautifully finished G-DORO will be based at White Waltham.

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Fly’ins 2017

Robin Aircraft's 2017 Fly’ins at Darois, LFGI, are scheduled for:

  • Friday June 23;
  • Friday June 30;
  • Friday July 7.

The events begin at 12:00 local time (GMT +2), with factory tours, a complimentary barbecue lunch and the opportunity to meet with the Robin Aircraft team and see the latest Robin models.

Ample aircraft parking is on the airfield and there are no landing fees. Fuelling (Avgas and Jet A-1) is self-service with payment by credit card.

There is overnight accommodation en route to Dijon and in Dijon itself. Please contact us if you need recommendations.

If you would like to attend then it is essential to book! On-line booking will be available on Robin Aircraft’s web site or just email us with the following information:

  • Preferred date;
  • Number of aircraft;
  • Number of people.

We shall confirm with you a week before your chosen date. Of course it is understood that weather may cause cancellations, but it is essential that the factory have a good idea of numbers.

Robin launches DR401 Lite at Aero Friedrichshafen

Robin Aircraft announced two new models at Aero Friedrichshafen today.

The DR401 Lite  (picture below) is powered by the 118 hp Lycoming engine operating a Duc carbon fibre, ground adjustable, propellor. A version fitted with the Rotax 915 engine is intended in the future.

The aircraft is an EASA certified two seater, with a MTOW of 800 kg. The design of the fuselage is identical to other DR401 models, but less material is used in the construction, thus lowering the masss and the price.

The DR401 Lite is aimed at flying schools and is extremely keenly priced at only €142,596 + VAT.

The DR401 200 I is powered by the Lycoming IO360 200 hp engine giving a fast cruise of 145 KTIAS and a take-off run to clear 15 m of 320 m. Starting price is €244,802 + VAT.

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Aero-Pac motorised tow-bar now available from Mistral Aviation

Mistral Aviation has designed and prototyped an exclusive adapter that attaches to the tow-bar socket of the DR400 front wheel. The adaptor was further developed by Aero-Pac, who now manufacture it. Mistral Aviation is the UK reseller for the complete motorised tow bar.

This powered tow bar uniquely allows the Robin aircraft to be manoeuvred forward and backward through tight turns, and into and out of spaces with little clearance, without risking damage to the front spat.

A video of the unit in use is on our video page or can be watched by clicking the picture link below. The brochure is here.

Please contact us for more information and to order.


More Royal Aero Club Air Race Wins for the Robin DR401 155 CDI

Our congratulations (again) to Gordon Bellerby (pilot, left) and Dave Lee (navigator, right), this time for winning both the Beverley Snook Memorial Trophy and the City Livery Trophy in very challenging weather conditions at the Royal Aero Club* meeting in Leicester on 8th / 9th May.

Fying Gordon’s Robin DR401 155 CDI in rain and with thunderstorms approaching, the pair beat the competition (including an Extra 300) to win these prestigous trophies across two consecutive days.

The huge silver cup was presented to the victorious pair by John Pond, Chairman of the City Livery Aero Section.

*The Royal Aero Club Records Racing and Rally Association oversees air racing, aviation records and air rallies: www.royalaeroclubrrra.co.uk

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Robin fly-ins 2016

Robin Aircraft are once again hosting their annual fly-ins at Darois, Dijon (LFGI).

The three dates are Friday June 17, Friday June 24 and Friday July 8. The events begin at 12:00 local time (GMT +2), with factory tours, a complimentary barbecue lunch and the opportunity to meet with the Robin Aircraft team and see the latest Robin models.

Ample aircraft parking is on the airfield and there are no landing fees. Fuelling (Avgas and Jet A-1) is self-service with payment by credit card.

There is overnight accommodation en route to Dijon and in Dijon itself. Please contact us for recommendations.

Robin Aircraft’s fly-ins are always popular so if you would like to attend then please register at this link. If you see a message at the end of the process confirming “…the cancelation of your reservation…” then please be assured that this is a mistranslation and you should still receive email confirmation of your registration!

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Continental Diesel engine overhaul now at 2,100 hours

Continental Motors today announced an increase in the overhaul times of the 135 hp and 155 hp engines to 2,100 hours, exceeding those of their competitors.

Gearbox inspection and timing chain replacement will be doubled to 1,200 hours as soon as the final paperwork is complete.

Costs for maintenance and fuel of the 155 hp Robin DR401 is thus reduced to approximately half that of a 180 hp petrol SEP aircraft for business use and to around two-thirds for personal use.

Read the full press release here.

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Mistral Aviation with Robin Aircraft at Aero Friedrichshafen

Robin Aircraft will be exhibiting at Aero Friedrichshafen (EDNY) from 20-23 April on Stand 335 in Hall A5. Mistral Aviation will be there in our role of UK & Eire Sales Partner with our IFR demonstrator equipped with G500 EFIS and GTN750.

The website is at: http://www.aero-expo.com/aero-en/ where you can view the exhibitor list and the programme, book accommodation and plan travel. 

Aero Friedrichshafen is the premier GA event of the year. Do join us if you can we look forward to welcoming you on the Robin Aircraft stand.

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Further reduction in DR401 diesel maintenance costs!

Last year, the introduction of a dual mass flywheel in place of the clutch removed the requirement for clutch replacement at 600 hours. Now, CEAPR (Robin Aircraft’s sister company for maintenance) has taken over responsibility for the airworthiness STC for the installation of Continental Diesel engines in all Robin aircraft with further cost savings:

CEAPR have confirmed that all fuel, oil and coolant hoses listed in their STC installations with a CEAPR part number are not subject to the previous 60 month replacement schedule. Instead, the hoses are to be inspected every 100 hours and replaced ‘on condition.’ The potential saving to the operator is up to €4,000 + VAT every five years.

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