Skip Robinson Death, Aviation Photographer & Writer Dies at 57

Skip Robinson Death

Death: Vertical Magazine laments the passing of a “unique” aviation photographer and writer – The Vertical staff is heartbroken to learn of the passing of Skip Robinson, a colleague, and friend who was one of the magazine’s longest-serving photographers and contributors. During a wellness check conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department on March 30, Robinson was discovered unresponsive at his house. There is no evidence of wrongdoing. He was 57 years old at the time.

According to, “The news of Skip’s death has startled and saddened all of us,” stated Vertical owner and publisher Mike Reyno. “Skip’s name was synonymous with Vertical for more than 15 years as a self-proclaimed helicopter lover.” Robinson was a well-known writer and a gifted photographer who was enthusiastic about the helicopter industry and the people that work in it.

He began writing for Vertical in 2005 and spent almost all of his time covering the helicopter sector. Reyno added, “He dedicated his heart and soul to the industry.” “As a result, no issue of Vertical or Valor [previously Vertical 911] went out without a story or photograph by Skip Robinson.”

Robinson took our readers along on his repeated visits to field operators through his words and the lens of his camera. His ability to do so distinguished his work from that of others.

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