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OO-JIM Robinson R22 Beta c/n 1512 - Best in Sky - Amsterdam Heliport in Holland - 15 October 2014 Amsterdam Heliport (EHHA)

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 (TCDS H10WE) was achieved on 16 March 1979 and deliveries started in October of that year. On 12 October 1983, the R22 Alpha model was ceritified. On 5 August 1985, the R22 Beta model was certified, followed by the R22 Mariner model on 12 September 1985. 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 model, with the Lycoming O-360-J2A engine installed, entered production. This engine is installed on s/n 2571 and subsequent in production. R22 Beta II is used as marketing designation for the R22 Beta with O-360-J2A engine installed. Over 4600 Robinson R22 helicopters are delivered to customers all over the world.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the Robinson R22 Beta is R22.

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.

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