Robinson R-22 Beta

The Robinson R22 has undisputedly been the world's most popular light helicopter since its introduction in the late 1970s. The R22 has a very low inertia rotor system and the control inputs are operated directly by push rods with no hydraulic assistance. Thus, the flight controls are very sensitive and require a light touch to avoid over correcting. A student that masters an R22 generally does not have a problem transitioning to a heavier helicopter.

The R-22 is a single-engine helicopter with a semi-rigid two-bladed main rotor and a two-bladed tail rotor. The main rotor provides a teetering hinge and two coning hinges. The tail rotor provides only a teetering hinge.

Instead of a floor-mounted cyclic stick between the pilot's knees, the R22 uses a unique teetering "T-Bar" control connected to a stick that emerges from the console between the seats.

The R22 uses a horizontally mounted 98kW (131hp) takeoff rated Textron Lycoming O320B2C., air-cooled, normally-aspirated, carburetor-equipped piston engine, fueled with 100LL grade aviation gasoline.

Specifications

Seats: 2

Cruise Speed: 99 mph (86kts)

Range: 240 Miles

Service Ceiling: 14,000 ft

Rate of Climb: 1,200 ft/min

Pilot Weight Limit: <240 lbs

 

 

Robinson R-44 Astro

The Robinson R44 is a small American light, four-seat, piston-driven civilian helicopter produced by the Robinson Helicopter Company since 1992.

The R-44 is a single-engine helicopter with a semi-rigid two-bladed main rotor and a two-bladed tail rotor and a skid landing gear. It has an enclosed cabin with two rows of side-by-side seating for a pilot and three passengers.

While resembling the company's earlier Robinson R22, the R44 is larger and faster than its predecessor. It also features boosted flight controls, a feature not found on the R22. The Astro model incorporates electric cyclic trim.

The R44 uses a (260hp) Textron Lycoming O-540 flat six (derated to 165kW (225hp) for takeoff) drives two blade main and tail rotors, while other features include an electronic throttle governor, rotor brake and automatic clutch.

Specifications

Seats: 4

Cruise Speed: 127 mph (110kts)

Range: 345 Miles

Service Ceiling: 14,000 ft

Rate of Climb: 1,000 ft/min

Pilot Weight Limit: The R-44 is available for students and passengers with an individual weight of 240 lbs or more. Please call or email for instructional pricing.