By the glossary definition, with a Useful Load of 546 lb (248 kg), the Empty Weight is calculated to be approximately 375 kg.  The helicopter can carry an external load up to 400 lb (180 kg).


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Robinson Helicopter Company

Primary manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Company

Parent type: Robinson R22

Aircraft status: Operational


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Tail rotor

Crew required: 1

Crew seating: Side-by-side

Landing gear: Skids

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
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Overall Length:  
Overall Width:  
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length:  
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Landing Gear Dimensions
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Cabin Dimensions
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Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 621 kg 1,370 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 621 kg 1,370 lb
Empty Weight: 375 kg 826 lb
Useful Load: 247 kg 544 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.603
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb:  
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE:  
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Max Level Flight Speed: 189 km/h 102 kts
Never Exceed Speed:  
Service Ceiling:  
Range and Endurance
Max Range: 385 km 208 nm
Max Endurance:  

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Provided powerplant data is for uninstalled, sea level, static operations.

Number of engines: 1
Designation: Lycoming O-320-B2C (R22) reciprocating
Manufacturer: Lycoming Engines
Normal Ratings
Max continuous: 93 kW 124 hp
Take-off / rated: 98 kW 131 hp
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency:  
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate:  

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 7.67 m 25.17 ft
RPM: 510.0 rpm 510.0 rpm
Direction of Rotation: Counterclockwise
Hub Type: Teetering hinge with blade coning hinges, rigid in plane
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction: All-metal, Honeycomb structure
Blade Chord: 0.183 m 0.60 ft
Blade Tip Geometry: Flat
Blade Twist: -0.140 rad -8.000 deg
Number of Blades: 2
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 46.22 m² 497.5 ft²
Disc Loading: 13.45 kg/m² 2.754 lb/ft²
Solidity: 0.0304
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade: 0.70 m² 7.6 ft²
Tip Speed: 204.84 m/s 672.1 fps

Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

Top blade fwd and 'pusher' configuration evident from aircraft images

Tail Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 1.07 m 3.50 ft
Configuration: Pusher
Direction of Rotation: Top blade fwd
RPM: 3269 rpm 3269 rpm
Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
Number of Blades: 2
Blade Construction: All metal
Blade Chord: 0.102 m 0.33 ft
Blade Twist: 0.00 rad 0.0 deg
Tail Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 0.89 m² 9.6 ft²
Solidity: 0.1212
Tail Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Tip Speed: 182.61 m/s 599.1 fps
Blade Area (per blade): 0.054 m² 0.58 ft²

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