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OO-RWD Robinson R22 Beta II c/n 3895 - Rotor & Wing Business - Hoevenen airfield near Antwerp in Belgium - 1 April 2007 vliegveld Hoevenen (EBHN)

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.

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.

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