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  1. Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum but have appreciated reading other's posts for a little while now. I have some questions that I'd appreciate advice on from all of you with a wealth of experience :-) To make a long story short, I'm a new Cfi with the ultimate goal of wanting to serve in volunteer Christian overseas helicopter missions. In the meantime, I also see value in gaining as much time and experience until doors open up for me to get overseas. I've tossed around the idea of leasing an r22, and from as near as I can guess, it'll cost over 100k to get around 1000 hr not even including insurance and fuel. Recently I saw an r22 beta for sale for 115 k. Maybe it's a crazy dream, but I thought for around the same price I could buy an r22, teach and build time, then have a core I could sell afterwards for close to the same price! The only downfall is this particular r22 beta has both high time and an accident history! Here's what I know: it's a 1989 beta with 11000 plus ttaf. It was overhauled by the factory in 2004. It used to be operated by the flight school Twin Air in southern Ca. Sometime in 2006 it was involved in an accident where winds shifted in an autorotation. Apparently it hit aft skids first in a field, then rolled on its right side. The flight school sold it, and it passed several owners, finally being put back together by a service center with an overhaul kit. In addition to the overhaul kit, it got a new right skid, new tailboom, and the right side glass was replaced. It is currently owned by a flight school in Texas who has flown it approximately 840 smoh and reassembly in 2010. So far it's the best deal I've seen on an r22 with 1300 hr left and 9 or 10 yr left on the 12 yr calender. My biggest questions are: Is there anything to look out for with 11000 plus hr since it has had the 2200 and 4400 hr interval overhauls? Does the accident history make it a bad idea all around? (The owner says it flies great) Does anybody know more about this particular helicopter? It's n-number is N994hv. In my research I found out a member here works or worked for Twin Air and from a picture in 2007 of this very helicopter: http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/000105052. I don't want to put so much resources toward something if I could go straight into missions, but also realize there is no substitute for experience! I'm also currently in A&p school and hope to take the Robinson maintenance course in September. Of course I may end up just getting a job after I finish A&p school to gain experience, but just thought I'd throw this (crazy) idea out there and see what input I got. Any input or advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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