R22 Beta II

Performance • Reliability • Value

Superior performance, outstanding reliability, and exceptional value have made the two-seat R22 the world's most popular entry-level helicopter for nearly two decades. More than 3,600 R22 helicopters have been delivered to more than 60 countries around the globe. The R22 holds major performance records in its weight class including speed and distance. And the latest R22 Beta II is still sensibly priced with the industry's lowest cost of operation.

The Beta II is generously equipped and offers a wide selection of options. Standard features include a precision-engineered RPM governor, a durable rotor brake, an auxiliary fuel system for added versatility and increased range, plus a high-quality voice-activated intercom. The Beta II's clean aerodynamic design allows a high cruise speed up to 110 mph and an average fuel consumption of only 7 to 10 gallons per hour. The cabin provides comfortable seating for two with removable dual controls on the passenger side.

The R22 is a classic example of design excellence. No other helicopter in its class can match its speed, reliability, affordable price, and low operating costs. The R22 has fewer accidents due to aircraft or engine failure than other light helicopters, and Robinson's commitment to the highest quality in design, materials, and craftsmanship make it the enduring choice for flight training, radio traffic watch, power line patrol, and other applications that require performance, dependability, efficiency, and easy maintenance.

High Reliability and Low Maintenance

Reliable Engine.

The dependable Lycoming O-360 engine is derated to 131 horsepower for long life and unmatched reliability.

Patented Rotor Design.

Robinson's patented tri-hinge rotor eliminates lag hinges, dampers, and hydraulic struts. Thick stainless steel leading edge on main rotor blades prevents dust and rain erosion.


No scheduled maintenance, other than oil changes, required between 100-hour inspections.


Teflon-lined, elastomeric, and sealed bearings eliminate most lubrication requirements.


Maintenance-free flexible couplings are used in place of universal joints or gear couplings in the main and tail drive systems.


Primary controls are actuated by maintenance-free bellcranks and push-pull tubes, eliminating the need for control cables and pulleys.


2200 hours or twelve years approved time-between-overhaul period for the R22 engine and airframe. All life-limited components have approved service lives of at least 2200 hours.

Worldwide Service.

Factory-trained technicians at more than 250 service centers throughout the world use certified Robinson parts and tools to provide quality service for R22 helicopters.

Advanced Technology

Pistol Grip Cyclic Controls.

Ergonomic grips incorporate two-position trigger switches for intercom and transmit. Grips also have buttons for convenient storing and switching of COMM frequencies.

RPM Governor.

No more throttle twisting; precision-engineered governor automatically controls engine RPM during all specs_text operations.

Rotor Brake.

Allows the pilot to stop the rotor quickly, greatly reducing shutdown time and the risk of injury to ground personnel.

Advanced Warning Devices.

The instrument panel includes low fuel warning light, main gearbox temperature, and chip lights, tail gearbox chip light, low oil pressure light, engine fire light, low voltage alternator light, low RPM warning light and horn, plus rotor brake and starter engaged warning lights.

Automatic Clutch Engagement.

Simplifies start-up procedure and reduces the possibility of an overspeed.

Carburetor Heat Assist.

Enhances safety and reduces pilot workload by automatically adding carb heat when the collective is lowered and reducing carb heat when the collective is raised.

Comfort and Convenience

Low Noise Level.

Heavy-duty muffler and low tail rotor tip speed make the R22 a "community friendly," quiet helicopter. Thick acoustical foam achieves surprisingly low cabin noise levels.


Comfortable seating for two with wide, unobstructed views. Large windows in each door allow clear sideward vision from both seats.

T-Bar Cyclic.

Robinson's patented cyclic design eliminates uncomfortable stick between knees and eases cabin entry and exit.

Ample Baggage Compartments.

Both seats hinge up for access to concealed storage areas for carry-on bags, briefcases, supplies, and other belongings. A custom Robinson travel bag is standard equipment on new R22s.

Heating and Ventilation.

Fresh air vents in the cabin nose and each door provide generous ventilation for pilot and passenger. The optional heater distributes heat during cold weather operations.

Off Airport Landings.

High-mounted tail rotor and raised exhaust provide an added margin of safety at off-airport destinations.

Two-Bladed Main Rotor.

Requires less than one-third the hangar space of a multi-bladed rotor.

Voice-Activated Intercom Standard.

High-quality voice-activated intercom eliminates the need to use intercom switches during doors-on flights. Floor and hand intercom switches are included for doors-off operations.

Easy Ground Handling.

Light empty weight allows easy manual ground handling by one person. A convenient tow cart adaptor is also provided for use with the Robinson Electric Tow Cart.

Specifications and Dimensions

Gross Weight 1,370 lb
Empty Weight Equipped (w/full oil) 855 lb
Fuel (19.2 gal) 115 lb
Optional Auxiliary Fuel (10.5 gal) 63 lb
Passengers and Baggage w/stnd fuel 400 lb
Lycoming O-360 Four-Cylinder, Air-Cooled  
Derated to 131 horsepower at 2652 rpm  
Maximum Airspeed (Vne) up to 118 mph (102 kts)
Cruise Airspeed @ 70% Power 110 mph (96 kts)
Maximum Range (no reserve) Over 200 miles
Maximum Range (w/aux fuel) Over 300 miles
Average Fuel Consumption 8 to 10 gph
Rate-of-Climb at Sea Level Over 1,000 fpm
Rate-of-Climb at 10,000 Feet Over 600 fpm
Maximum Operating Altitude 14,000 feet
Hover Ceiling IGE @ 1370 GW 9,400 feet