Used Aircraft Guide

December 2010 Issue

Used Aircraft Guide: Robinson R22

A helicopter thatís fun to fly and economical, yet can earn its keep as a workhorse.

Dateline 1991: The aircraft economic climate was stronger than in the current world, and Frank Robinsonís tiny two-place piston helicopter outsold every manufacturer of general aviation aircraft in the U.S. Thatís impressive since fixed-wing operations outnumber rotor ops at most GA airports. Helicopters can easily clobber the average operating budget and have limited mission profiles. They arenít exactly simple to pilot, either. But the R22 is more than an entry-level and lower-cost machine. Itís versatile and up for the challenge to support numerous mission profiles including airborne law enforcement, aerial photography and personal travel missions.

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