RotorWay is now the oldest and largest kit helicopter company in the world. Though RotorWay International began in 1990, its roots are much older, grounded in a company called RotorWay Aircraft. RotorWay Aircraft was founded on the principle of providing the joy of helicopter flight to the common man. It premiered its first kit helicopter model, the Scorpion, in 1967.The original Executive model was launched in 1980. In 1990 a greatly improved helicopter, derived from the original Executive and called the Exec 90 was launched. In 1994, Rotorway International moved to a new 37,000 sq. ft. facility, located in Chandler, Arizona. Along with the modern, streamlined factory, the company also introduced a new, improved helicopter, the Exec 162F. In 2007 Rotorway launched the A600 Talon, a much upgraded 162F with a shaft driven tail rotor, cog belt main drive, higher and wider landing gear and a glass cockpit.
A few years ago the company was bought by the Chinese Rotorway distributor and renamed as The Rotorway Helicopter Mfg.co. and since then with the help of General Manager Darron Braymiller the company has gone from strength to strength. With the factory still in Arizona the present model, the A600 Talon is being improved on with lots of upgrades to come. One of the latest upgrades is a turbo charged engine which has greatly improved its performance and Southern Helicopter Ltd is seeking CAA approval to offer this to UK customers.
RotorWay International has sold helicopters in over 50 countries around the world and continues to be the unquestionable leader in the kit helicopter field.