Robinson Helicopter Celebrates 45 Years of the R22

Robinson Helicopter Company, the worlds leading manufacturer of civil helicopters, celebrates the 45th anniversary of its iconic two-seat R22 helicopter. On March 16, 1979, Robinson received FAA certification for the R22, which has been enshrined in the Smithsonian Museum since September 2004.

With a legacy of accessibility, reliability, and versatility, the R22 revolutionized the personal helicopter market. Many of the world’s rotorcraft pilots and flight schools begin their journeys in an R22. This versatile helicopter equips pilots with the critical skills and foundation necessary for a thriving career in aviation.

From flight training to agricultural work, and wildlife management to surveying, Robinson helicopters have become synonymous with how tough missions are accomplished. With nearly 30 million hours flown globally (according to RHC estimates), the R22 has solidified its position as one of the best-selling civil rotorcrafts in the world. More than 80 R22s that are over 40 years old are still in service.

“Thanks to this helicopter, pilots around the globe fell in love with the feeling of flight and built decades-long careers in aviation from their first moments in an R22,” said David Smith, president and CEO of Robinson Helicopter Company. We are committed to fostering even more careers for the next generation of pilots by offering more opportunities to purchase and fly an R22.

The Robinson R22 series plays a vital role in bridging the gaps between people, places, and possibilities. Operators worldwide leverage the R22s exceptional accessibility, efficiency, and effectiveness to accomplish any mission.