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Beginning in the mid-1950s, most new helicopter designs utilized gas-turbine engines in place of reciprocating (piston) models. When Frank Robinson introduced the R44 in 1992, he altered this trend in the light-utility class by utilizing a low-cost reciprocating powerplant combined with a simple teetering rotor system to significantly lower acquisition and operating costs without substantial reductions in performance.
G-MURY has flown around the world twice with Jennifer Murray at the controls. From May 10 to August 8, 1997, with her instructor, Quentin Smith, she became the first person to pilot a piston-powered helicopter around the world and the first woman to fly a helicopter around the world. Between May 31 and September 6, 2000, Murray made her second around-the-world flight, becoming the first woman to do so solo in a helicopter.