Operating Life: 1979~
UAS Location: Hangar 1
Maximum Speed: 117mpg
Cruise Speed: 110mph
Engine: 1 x Lycoming O-320-A2B 4-cyl air-cooled piston
Service Ceiling: 14,000ft
Length & Height: 8.74m x 2.72m
Rotor Diameter: 7.681m
Fuel Consumption: 30~38l/h
Image: MARK J. CAIRNS
The Robinson R-22 helicopter holds a special place in the world of aviation as it has revolutionised affordable rotary flying and played a significant role in training numerous aspiring helicopter pilots.
The Robinson R-22 is a lightweight, two-seater helicopter renowned for its manoeuvrability, reliability, and cost-effectiveness.
Designed by Frank Robinson, the R-22 made helicopter flight accessible to a wider range of enthusiasts and aspiring pilots, thanks to its more affordable price tag compared to larger and more complex rotorcraft.
Its compact size and nimble performance make it an ideal choice for flight training and personal recreational flying.
G-RENT, the R-22 helicopter showcased at the Ulster Aviation Society, serves as a reminder of the countless future helicopter pilots who took their initial steps into the world of aviation through this remarkable aircraft.
Many flight schools and training organizations worldwide have relied on the R-22 for its simplicity, ease of maintenance, and forgiving flight characteristics, making it an excellent platform for aspiring pilots to gain essential flying skills.
The Robinson R-22's impact on the aviation industry cannot be overstated. Its affordability and reliability have opened doors for countless individuals who dream of taking to the skies in a helicopter.
The aircraft's role in training aspiring pilots has paved the way for their careers and contributed to the growth of the helicopter pilot community worldwide.
At the Ulster Aviation Society, visitors can view a Robinson R-22 helicopter, up close and appreciate its significance in the realm of affordable rotary flying and pilot training.
The exhibit serves as a tribute to the ingenuity of Frank Robinson and the countless rotary aviators who began their journey towards becoming helicopter pilots with this iconic aircraft.