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.
RWD - Rotor & Wing Business was founded in 1990. The company operates a fleet of helicopters, including
Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters. The operating base of RWD - Rotor & Wing Business is the airfield Hoevenen
near Antwerp, Belgium. On 10 August 2005, the 2005-built Robinson R22 Beta II s/n 3895 was registered OO-RWD with RWD - Rotor & Wing Business nv.
On 1 April 2007, the OO-RWD was photographed next to its sistership OO-RWC at Hoevenen airfield, situated hug the motorway
Bergen op Zoom - Antwerp. In 2009, RWD - Rotor & Wing Business nv became part of the Flying Group and the name changed to Heligroup nv.
Robinson R22 Beta II OO-RWC, OO-RWD and OO-RWE and Robinson R44 Raven II were registered with Heligroup nv on 16 February 2009.