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PH-RJL Robinson R22 Beta II c/n 4237 - HeliCentre - Den Helder Airport in Holland - 15 September 2012 PH-UNN EC120 B HeliCentre

The Robinson R22 Beta II 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.

Logjes Beheer BV, Zaandam, registered Robinson R22 Beta II s/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

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