As Im sure you know, the R22 is one of the most popular training
helicopters (though the Schweizer 300CB is definitely gaining on it),
so youre probably going have the best luck finding one at a flight
training school/facility offering helicopter flight instruction.
Unfortunately, there dont seem to be a lot of them available in your
area; there are far more in Southern California. However, I did
locate four companies in your general area. Hopefully one of them
will work out for you, or put you on track to find others.
Spitzer Helicopter Leasing Company leases Robinson helicopters to SF
Bay Area FBOs and flight schools. http://www.helilease.com/ An
email to them received the following reply:
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2002 9:06 AM
Subject: Re: R22 Rentals SF Bay Area
A school in San Carlos called Diamond Aviation has an R22 for rent.
The owner's name is "UJ"
Also, you might try Nice Air at Reid Hillview in San Jose.
Or Sierra Academy at Oakland, but I don't know if they rent to non
Good luck. Let me know if they all say no, and I'll find a couple
--Diamond Aviations website is here: http://www.ksql.com/ where they
list a wet Hobbs rate of $175/hr for the R22, with a block discount
--Nice Airs homepage is here: http://www.niceair.net/index.htm
However, their pricing page doesnt list an R22. You might want to
call them to see if they do have one in their fleet that just isnt
--Sierra Academys website is here: http://www.sierraacademy.com .
They list no information on pricing at all, so youll need to contact
them directly. Their phone number is (510) 568-6100 or (800)
In addition, Helicopter Adventures, Inc. in Concord specializes in
professional flight training, but nevertheless posts a Non-Student
Solo VFR rental rate of $205/hr for an R22. I would assume this is a
wet Hobbs rate, but youd need to make sure of that since its not
clearly stated. Their price list is here:
Main page is here: http://www.heli.com
General search terms used:
Bay Area helicopter OR rotorcraft instruction flight training rental
In addition, I searched the following additional databases:
Landings.com list of California FBOs/Flight Schools :
AOPAs list of California Flight Instructors/Schools:
Use the Edit Find feature on your browser with the term ROT to
locate those with helicopters. Since Im not familiar with all the
suburb names in the Bay Area, there may be some I overlooked.