The Robinson R22 Beta is a two-seat small rotorcraft powered by a single Lycoming O-360-B2C four-cylinder,
air-cooled piston engine. The R22 was designed by the founder of the Robinson Helicopter Company, Frank Robinson.
Design of the Robinson R22 helicopter began in 1973, and an 85kW (115hp)
Lycoming O235 powered prototype flew for the first time on 28 August 1975. A second
followed in early 1977. The FAA certification was achieved on 16 March 1979 and deliveries
started in October of that year. On 5 August 1985, the Beta model was certified. The R22 Beta had a
larger oil cooler and associated installation changes were made to permit the 131 hp. takeoff rating with the O-320 engine.
In 1995, the R22 Beta II model, with the Lycoming O-360-J2A engine installed, entered production. This
engine is installed on s/n 2571 and subsequent in production. Over
4600 Robinson R22 helicopters are delivered to customers all over the world.
On 22 August 1990, Robinson R22 Beta s/n 1512 was registered
N151NH with Robinson Helicopter Company in the USA. On 25 September
1990, registration N151NH was cancelled as exported to Finland.
On 15 October 1990, The Robinson was registered OH-HJA in Finland. In
March 1993, registration OH-HJA was cancelled as exported to the UK and
on 30 June 1993, the helicopter was registered G-BUZW with Sloane
HelicoptersLtd., Sywell. On 2 August 1993, registration G-BUZW was
cancelled as exported to Belgium.
On 23 August 1993, the 1990-built Robinson R22 Beta c/n 1512 was registered OO-JIM
with Heliwood SA, Brussels, in Belgium. On 6 June 2011, the helicopter
was registered with Diatrans NV, Kortrijk, and 20 March 2012, the OO-JIM
was registered with Helihaven Diksmuide bvba, Diksmuide. On 30 May 2013, Robinson
R22 Beta OO-JIM was registered with Best in Sky Srl, Namur. When seen at
Heliport Amsterdam, Robinson OO-JIM was operated by Best in Sky.