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Robinson R22


Very Light Utility / Trainer Helicopter


United States | 1979



"The very-lightweight Robinson R22 helicopter has proven itself a commercial success since series introcuction was had in 1979."



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 02/14/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

January 2020 - UAVOS has announced plans to develop a heavy-lift, unmanned version of the popular R22 helicopter.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Robinson R22 Very Light Utility / Trainer Helicopter.
1 x Lycoming O-320-A2B/A2C Flat-4 piston engine developing 124 horsepower driving a two-bladed main rotor unit and two-bladed tail rotor unit (facing port side).
Propulsion
118 mph
190 kph | 103 kts
Max Speed
14,108 ft
4,300 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
242 miles
390 km | 211 nm
Operational Range
1,200 ft/min
366 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
NYC
 
  LON
LON
 
  PAR
PAR
 
  BER
BER
 
  MOS
MOS
 
  TOK
TOK
 
  SYD
SYD
 
  LAX
LAX
 
  NYC
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Robinson R22 Very Light Utility / Trainer Helicopter.
1
(MANNED)
Crew
28.7 ft
8.75 m
O/A Length
25.2 ft
(7.67 m)
O/A Width
8.9 ft
(2.72 m)
O/A Height
882 lb
(400 kg)
Empty Weight
1,378 lb
(625 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Robinson R22 family line.
R22 - Base Series Designation; initial production model; powered by Lycoming O-320-A2B/A2C engine.
R22 HP - "High-Powered" variant with Lycoming O-320-B2C engine of 160 horsepower.
R22 "Alpha" - Model of 1983; Lycoming O-320-B2C engine.
R22 "Beta" - With uprated Lycoming O-320-B2C engine.
R22 "Beta II" - With Lycoming O-360-J2A engine.
R22 "Beta II Police" - Law enforcement model with loudspeaker system and searchlight.
R22 "Police" - Law enforcement variant.
R22 "Mariner" - Over-water daytime-only variant; Lycoming O-320-B2C engine; float-equipped for on-water landings and take-offs.
R22 "Mariner II" - Over-water daytime-only variant; Lycoming O-320-J2A engine; float-equipped for on-water landings and take-offs.
R22 IFR - IFR training model.
Maverick - UAV offering from Boeing based in the R22 helicopter.
Renegade - UAV variant used by DARPA for testing.
R22 UAV - UAV offering from being developed UAVOS with autopilot system; heavy-lift capability.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Robinson R22. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 4,650 Units

Contractor(s): Robinson Helicopter Company - USA
National flag of Australia National flag of the Dominican Republic National flag of the Philippines National flag of Portugal National flag of the United Kingdom National flag of the United States

[ Australia; Dominican Republic; Philippines; Portugal; United Kingdom; United States ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 120mph
Lo: 60mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (118mph).

Graph Average of 90 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
4650
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Image of the Robinson R22
Image from official Robinson Helicopter marketing materials.

Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
SEARCH & RESCUE
RECONNAISSANCE
TRAINING
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
Going Further...
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