The Robinson R22 is a small, two-passenger helicopter that was and is surprisingly popular. The helicopter was introduced in the late 1980s and has been well-received by both pilots and passengers for its cost, performance, and agility. It can be flown from either an open cockpit or with a bubble canopy depending on the weather conditions.

Robinson Helicopter
United States
1979 to: Present
US$0.318 million (2021)
1x 1 X Lycoming O-360 Four-Cylinder
131 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
96 knots
178 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
250 Nautical Miles
463 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
10.86 nautical mile / gallon
5.313 kilometres / litre
Service Ceiling:
14,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
1200 feet / minute
6.10metre / second
Take Off Distance:
Landing Distance:
Max Take Off Weight:
621 Kg
1,369 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
234 Kg
516 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
28 gallon
105 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
2 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
1.2 metre - 3.94 feet
Cabin Width:
1 metre - 3.28 feet
Cabin Length:
1.3 metre - 4.27 feet
Exterior Length:
8.76 metre - 28.74 feet
Tail height:
2.72 metre - 8.92 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.2 metre - 3.94 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
7.7 metre - 25.26 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

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The Robinson R22 is a lightweight, two-place helicopter that has been in production since 1972. It’s powered by a single piston engine and is known for its versatility as it can be used for both private use and commercial purposes such as aerial photography. The R22 came with the new “geared” main rotor system which shifted the torque to other parts of the aircraft instead of relying on the tail rotor for stability.

It was designed by Frank Robinson who had previously worked at Bell Aircraft Corporation before he founded his own company in 1960 called Robinson Helicopter Company. He died just six months after introducing this model but it lives on today through upgrades and improvements made to each year’s models.

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