The Robinson R22 Beta II is a two-seat small rotorcraft powered by a single Lycoming O-360-J2A 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.
The 1999-built Robinson R22 Beta II c/n 3010 was test flown as N9081U. On 19 November 1999, the helicopter was registered PH-FHC
with Helico Heythuysen BV, Heythuysen in the Netherlands. On 3 June 2003, the chopper was
registered with Coolen-Huijbregts V.o.F., Heythuysen. After the R22 II was sold in Switzerland,
registration PH-FHC was cancelled on 19 May 2006. The aircraft was registered HB-ZHL
in Switzerland with PT-Aviation Service GmbH on 27 June 2006.
The helicopter was registered with Bio Medi Face SA, in July 2006.
Registration HB-ZHL was cancelled on 11 March 2009.