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. Today over
4600 Robinson R22 helicopters are delivered to customers all over the world.
Logjes Beheer BV, Zaandam, registered Robinson R22 Beta II c/n 4237 on 21 December 2007. The airframe
was delivered in a box at Teuge on 11 December. On 23 May 2007, reservation was made for registration
PH-RJL by Star Airservice, Teuge, for c/n 4239. That airframe was registered LN-OZI on 3 December 2007.
On 15 September 2012, during Heldair Show Maritiem, the 2005-built Robinson R22 Beta II PH-RJL was seen
with HeliCentre titles at Den Helder Airport in the Netherlands. On 11 February 2015, Robinson R22 Beta II
PH-RJL departed to a new owner in Switzerland. On 19 February,
registration PH-RJL was cancelled as exported to Switzerland. On 25 February 2015, the
Robinson R22 Beta II was registered HB-ZOG in Swiss with CultVent Air,
Naters, as operator and Schlosshotel-Brig AG as owner. On 7 November 2016, registration HB-ZOG was cancelled as destroyed:
the helicopter was substantially damaged when it hit the ground and flipped over during a landing attempt at the mountain
airfield Äschhorn (LSVE) /VS, Switzerland, on 22 September 2016