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The engineer behind the R22, Frank Robinson, stated repeatedly that he did not design the R22 as a trainer and did not want people using it as a trainer, suggesting that they use the more expensive R44 instead (it has about 4 seconds of rotor inertia instead of 1.6 seconds). However, flight schools using the R44 could generally not compete with those using the R22 (a brand-new student can tell the difference between $200/hour and $400/hour, but he or she probably can't understand the practical consequences of lower rotor inertia). Thus the R22 continues to be used at flight schools around the world and its low-inertia rotor system and lack of power reserve result in frequent accidents during practice autorotations.
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Pilots License: A recreational pilot taking a short daytime trip in a small plane shoulders less responsibility than a 747 pilot ferrying passengers at night across an ocean. Recognizing this, the Federal Aviation Administration dictates increasingly stringent pilot licensing requirements according to passenger responsibility, plane complexity and the purpose of the flight.