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Is the YoYo a version of the R22?

Old 28th Aug 2018, 11:26
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Is the YoYo a version of the R22?

Just what is the Aero Eli Servizi R222 YoYo. Is it a unique design that just looks very like an R22, a modified R22 built under licence in Italy or a modified version of the R22 using Robinson airframes and parts? It's often described as being 'derived from' the R22 and the 'R222' part of its name suggests an R22 heritage but....
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Old 28th Aug 2018, 13:12
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I'm surprised Frank's lawyers haven't been on the phone...

YoYo

The Yo-Yo 222 was initially designed for a higher gross weight of 495 kg (1,091 lb), but later versions were lightened to allow a gross weight of 450 kg (992 lb) to qualify under the European Class 6 microlight helicopter rules. The aircraft features a single main rotor and tail rotor, a two-seats-in side-by-side configuration enclosed cockpit, skid landing gear and an American-made four-cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke 172 hp (128 kW) Lycoming O-320 engine.[1]

Greatly resembling the Robinson R22, reviewer Werner Pfaendler, describes it as "obviously the result of a close look at the world's bestselling two-seater helicopter, the R22."[1]

For lightness the aircraft fuselage is made with extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced polymer and fibreglass. Its two-bladed rotor has a diameter of 7.66 m (25.1 ft). The initial version of the aircraft has a typical empty weight of 322 kg (710 lb) and a gross weight of 495 kg (1,091 lb), giving a useful load of 173 kg (381 lb). With full fuel of 68 litres (15 imp gal; 18 US gal) the payload for the pilot, passenger and baggage is 124 kg (273 lb).
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Old 28th Aug 2018, 13:45
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Perhaps they have been able to show it doesn't fall apart in midair or that it doesn't spontaneously combust, in which case it has not borrowed Robbie DNA
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Old 28th Aug 2018, 14:09
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there is a picture in the gallery, (7 of 77 I think), and it shows someone standing on a ladder, working on a cabin perched high up on a pedestal....why??
work smarter not harder you twits. put the cabin closer to the floor and stay off the ladder.

I read the info on the pages and wonder if this is more of a joke than a reality. It can't be real can it??
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Old 30th Aug 2018, 07:41
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Lots (dozens) of Robinson-built R22s have been sold to Italy in recent years and been given registrations in the ultralight section of the I-xxxx register. Perhaps (can anyone confirm?) that reclassification as an ultralight invalidates standard certification and un-Robinson-izes an R22.

There are other R22-like Heli types in Italy apart from the YoYo, including YeeHaw, Moskito 22, and Libellula
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Old 30th Aug 2018, 17:54
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If it's Italian, then it'll have a reverse gear fitted.
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Old 30th Aug 2018, 20:55
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If it's Italian, then it'll have a reverse gear fitted.
However it will be unable to lift off due to the weight of the medals....

<apologies to my fine Italian friends, who know I'm just being cheeky>
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Old 31st Aug 2018, 01:47
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Iíd stay away from any of these ultralight r22ís registered in Italy. I donít even know how this can be legally allowed in Easa land but anyway there must be some loop hole that allows it. Because they are registered as ultralight they donít have to follow all the maintenance required by the manufacturer. It sounds crazy but thatís what goes on. Also, ultralight Rotorwing and fixed wing are in the same category so if you get an ultralight license on a fixed wing then with very few hours you are allowed to fly an ultralight rotorwing.
My advice is to stay well clear of these aircraft.
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Old 31st Aug 2018, 08:33
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Spoke to Tim Tucker during the Safety Course in February in LA and he wasn't even aware that there were these YoYo R22s flying in Italy. He seid he'd never heard of it but was forwarding the info to their Lawyers to look into it.
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Old 24th Apr 2020, 17:09
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Originally Posted by muermel View Post
Spoke to Tim Tucker during the Safety Course in February in LA and he wasn't even aware that there were these YoYo R22s flying in Italy. He seid he'd never heard of it but was forwarding the info to their Lawyers to look into it.
This was a long time ago.....!! An empty threat from the RH factory? I'm assuming that you can still get these "Ultralight" R22's in Italy. SO.....here's a question.....could someone, thinking of buying one and bringing it to the UK, do so? Is that allowed? If one found a time expired R22, that had been "Ultralighted", with good R22 component times on MR blades and engine....but time expired on airframe, can it come here, in EASA land and fly? Asking for a friend......
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Old 24th Apr 2020, 21:20
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Originally Posted by Triple Nickel 8 Ball View Post
This was a long time ago.....!! An empty threat from the RH factory? I'm assuming that you can still get these "Ultralight" R22's in Italy. SO.....here's a question.....could someone, thinking of buying one and bringing it to the UK, do so? Is that allowed? If one found a time expired R22, that had been "Ultralighted", with good R22 component times on MR blades and engine....but time expired on airframe, can it come here, in EASA land and fly? Asking for a friend......
With friends like you who needs enemies! If you are a real friend tell him/her to totally forget about this idea .... To be honest when I read this post I had to check my calendar, thought it was still April 1st.....
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Old 24th Jun 2020, 21:42
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Originally Posted by nomorehelosforme View Post
With friends like you who needs enemies! If you are a real friend tell him/her to totally forget about this idea .... To be honest when I read this post I had to check my calendar, thought it was still April 1st.....
Ooooh....Somebody's tired?! Timex R22, remanufactured in a controlled, audited factory environment or, homebuilt Rotorway 162, cobbled together in a shed, at weekends, using hardware from B and Q? Asking for friends dog......

I am surprised that EASA would allow this? Last time I checked, EASA were still making people wear Hi Viz jackets to the toilet
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Didn't know Timex made helicopters, but hey, if the Italians wanna make an R22, then why not? :-)
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