In The News

“Revolution Aviation gives back to homeless community”

Vertical Magazine [Press Release] – July 25, 2017

Revolution Aviation (EatSleepFly) recently donated a helicopter ride to two lucky winners of the Kings Table feast.

Based in Southern California at John Wayne Airport and offering helicopter and aircraft instruction, Revolution Aviation makes many charitable donations each year.

In conjunction with Newsong Church in Santa Ana, California, Revolution Aviation flight school heard about an outreach event to the local homeless community called the Kings Table. Since Santa Ana is a very densely populated city, ranking fourth nationally in that regard among cities of over 300,000 residents (trailing only New York City, San Francisco, and Boston), is it not hard to believe that the homeless population is growing, yet in 2011 Forbes ranked Santa Ana the fourth-safest city of over 250,000 residents in the United States. [continue article]


“Why I Visited North Korea”

New York Times [Interview] – July 24, 2017

Mark C. W. Robinson is an American pilot based in California. He visited North Korea for four days last month with his wife.

What prompted you to go? My father has visited 69 countries, and I’ve had a few friends who have been to North Korea. I wanted to see for myself since we no longer know what will happen next politically.

What did you see on your trip that resonated with you? When we went to the DMZ, a soldier was extremely friendly. One political conversation came up, and he said he wished that both nations would talk. I was surprised to fly in a helicopter. Being a pilot myself, this was amazing to see the capital from the air. It’s huge!

Do you think that outsiders should visit nations like North Korea? I believe outsiders should visit North Korea and other unusual nations to form their own opinion and see people running their daily lives. Tourism also gives the locals in those areas an opportunity to see Westerners and all the fashion, technology and conversation it creates. [continue article]


“Revolution Aviation acquires Airbus H125”

Vertical Magazine [Press Release] – July 17, 2017

Based in Southern California at John Wayne Airport, offering helicopter and fixed-wing instruction, Revolution Aviation (EatSleepFly) is in a strong state of growth and is currently looking at additional aircraft for revenue.

Starting in August, an Airbus H125 will be added to its fleet, bringing the total amount of aircraft in its fleet to 14. This aircraft comes at a time when the demand from students, blue chip companies and government entities is higher, with requests for additional equipment for various operations.

With the wave of media covering VTOL and drones for the masses, aviation seems to have become more popular and the flight school has noticed a huge amount of interest coming from abroad and a variety of clients wanting to get their pilot qualifications. With such a variety of questions comes many different requests and budgets, the company hopes this Airbus H125 helicopter will help satisfy that need, for now. [continue article]


“Revolution Aviation announces delivery date for first Guimbal Cabri G2”

Vertical Magazine [Press Release] – July 07, 2017

Revolution Aviation has announced that the date has been set for it to receive its first Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter.

Based at John Wayne Airport, Revolution Aviation (EatSleepFly) offers helicopter and fixed-wing instruction and is in a strong state of growth. This new addition enables the company to operate one of the first Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter in Southern California, with an additional aircraft on request.

The Cabri G2 arrived in the U.S. on July 5, by a ship from France, where Guimbal Helicopters (Hélicoptères Guimbal) is located. Federal Aviation Administration-required training will take place on July 17 in Oregon, where the North American Guimbal dealer operates, with instruction already being scheduled from July 20. [continue article]


“Local businesses working together to promote general aviation”

Vertical Magazine [Press Release] – May 24, 2017

It’s been more than a decade since John Wayne Airport has had a school field trip through security at the airport gates. Flight school Revolution Aviation and ACI Jet Center recently came together with Stoneybrooke Christian School, in San Juan Capistrano, California, to bring more than 25 students to see the airport in action and allow everyone on the tarmac.

With a timely helicopter landing, and Orange County Fire Authority’s bright green fire trucks on display, robots in action moving aircraft, jets and many more professionals on scene — it was similar to a mini airshow in the heart of Orange County airport on a Tuesday morning. The opportunity to sit inside a helicopter gives students a real vision of what it might be like to become a pilot, and it’s the best way for anyone at any age to get an idea of how the airport operates and brings business to the local economy. [continue article]


“New FBO at John Wayne Airport signs lease with Revolution Aviation”

Vertical Magazine [Press Release] – April 25, 2017

On April 1, 2017, a new fixed-base operator (FBO), ACI Jet Center, took over from Signature Flight Support at John Wayne Airport, in Orange County, California.

Revolution Aviation was quick to welcome and establish new relationships with ACI Jet Center where they have operated since August 2013.

The growing flight school is the only operation on the airfield that instructs in fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, thus the need for space as it grows is now at the forefront. John Wayne Airport has 501 acres dedicated to the airfield, which is 36 times smaller than Dallas Fort Worth airport in Texas, so space is definitely at a premium in Orange County.

Revolution has signed a lease for three more hangars and additional ramp space totaling almost 7,000 square feet.

“ACI Jet Center has been an absolute pleasure to work with and they really support GA, which is very encouraging considering John Wayne Airport in Orange County gets just four percent of their revenue from GA tenants and the city does little to assist future pilots in their quest of learning to fly,” said Mark Robinson, CEO. [continue article]


“Guimbal Cabri G2 to enter U.S. leasing market”

Vertical Magazine [Article by Oliver Johnson] – March 14, 2017

Hélicoptères Guimbal received an order for up to 10 Cabri G2s from Spitzer Helicopter Leasing at HAI Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas, Texas, last week — marking the type’s entry into the U.S. leasing market.

The deal was secured through Guimbal’s U.S. distributor Precision Helicopters, with the first aircraft to be operated by Revolution Aviation, based in Orange County, California.

Revolution currently operates three fixed-wing aircraft and nine helicopters (six R22s, two R44s, and one R66). When it takes delivery of the Cabri in June, the aircraft will become the first of the type in the Los Angeles area.

“For the career student, it’s a mini [AS350] AStar, so it allows them to get into a counter rotating aircraft with a center cyclic and a couple of other mechanisms,” said Revolution CEO Mark Robinson. “And we have a lot of [private] students who have already purchased an aircraft; we think it’s a lot more relevant for them to be flying a three-bladed system with a center cyclic in order for them to have that transition [between the aircraft].”

Robinson said the Cabri’s ability to take slightly heavier students than the R22 was another bonus, and praised the aircraft’s handling.

“It’s really comfortable, it’s aesthetically pleasing to look at both inside and outside, and then flying itself is very smooth,” he said.

Precision CEO David Rath said the two-seat training helicopter’s entry into the leasing market was a “momentous” event. [continue article]


“AIN Blog: Impressions from Heli-Expo 2016”

AINonline [Article by Matt Thurber] – March 7, 2016

The satisfied author after an hour of dual instruction in a Revolution Aviation Robinson R22. (Photo: Jordy Barrymore)Last week the rotary-wing set descended on Louisville, Ky., for the annual HAI Heli-Expo show, to share information, discuss safety issues, learn about and buy and sell products and, in general, celebrate their love of all things helicopter.

As I did last year, I called up my friend Mark Robinson (no relation to the eponymous and prolific helicopter manufacturer) to schedule an hour of flying in a Robinson R22 at his Revolution Aviation flight school in Santa Ana, Calif. I like to charge up my helicopter batteries before Heli-Expo every year, and there’s no better way than an hour at the controls of a helicopter.

This year, I flew with talented instructor Jordy Barrymore on a gorgeous sunny Southern California afternoon. After departing the John Wayne Class D airspace, I motored south along the coast over Laguna Beach, then we headed back to the airport for some autorotations and hovering. I’m not sure I did much on the controls during the autorotations, but I did feel like I was getting better at hovering the twitchy R22. Barrymore expertly guided my view outside toward a distant hangar, urging me not to peer at the ground just in front of the helicopter, and that helped a lot, especially while I landed and picked up the R22 a couple of times.

I’m definitely starting to feel more comfortable at the controls, and one of these days I know that I’m going to want to plunk down the money to get my private helicopter add-on. Flying a helicopter is incredibly fun, and I recommend giving it a try sometime; it will paint a big grin on your face and make you remember why you like to fly. [continue article]