RotorWay began in 1964 when Rotorway founder B.J. Schramm designed and built the Javelin helicopter prototype. What was learned from the Javelin was put into RotorWay’s first production helicopter the Scorpion. In 1967 RotorWay was formed and began building and selling the Scorpion model kit.
From this first helicopter model RotorWay expanded and grew to become the largest kit helicopter company in the world. The reason for our success has been the commitment to offering well designed and quality components at reasonable prices giving more people the ability to experience the joy of helicopter flight.
In the past four decades RotorWay has brought many new concepts to the kit industry. RotorWay was the first to mass market kits worldwide, the first to offer exclusive training in RotorWay helicopters, and the first to manufacture its own engine. We also were the first to introduce the FADEC (Fully Automated Digital Electronic Control) System in our kits, the first in any general aviation aircraft at the time. Our unique parts card system gives the builder a more organized system for assembly while decreasing assembly times and resulting in a high kit completion rate.
RotorWay kits have maintained an excellent safety record. This has been due to many factors including the quality of design and manufacture, great amateur builders, factory maintenance, flight training, and great flying qualities.