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Eurocopter EC130

EC130 Ecureuil
Role Light utility
National origin France
Manufacturer Eurocopter/Airbus Helicopters
First flight 24 June 1999
Introduction 2001
Unit cost
~US$3.6M, €2.7M
Developed from Eurocopter AS350

The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) EC130 is a single engine light helicopter developed from the AS350 Ecureuil by Eurocopter Group (now Airbus Helicopters).

Design and development

The EC130 is a wide body variant of the AS350 B3 (French Helicopter) and was first flown on 24 June 1999, in France by Australian test pilot, Steven Page.[1] The EC130 features an enclosed tail fan rather than the traditional tail rotor found on the older AS350. This Fenestron has unevenly spaced blades which has the advantage of reducing outside noise by 50% compared to a tail rotor, resulting in an FAA Appendix H fly-over noise signature of 84.3 EPNdB, 8.5 dB below stage two limits. The EC130 was designed in close cooperation with tour operators, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters being the launch operator, and features a spacious cockpit with excellent external visibility, capable of accommodating seven tourists. The EC130 entered service with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters in 2001, and is now a common sight in Hawaii and the Grand Canyon.

The EC130 is also quickly becoming popular within the air medical services (AMS) community, due to its large cabin (capable of accommodating one or two stretchers), wide side door and enclosed Fenestron anti-torque device.

In 2012, Eurocopter received orders for 50 EC130T2 from Maverick Helicopters, and other customers such as Papillon and Blue Hawaiian took the total to 105.[2] The T2 has active anti-vibration systems to give a smoother ride.[3]

Variants

Johann Lafer Heli Gourmet EC130
Helibrás EC130 B4.
Skyheli Ltd EC130
EC130B-4 Microflite Helicopter Services, Victoria, Australia
EC130 B4
basic version.
EC130T2

Upgraded airframe, engines (Turbomecca Ariel 2D), and increased performance.

Operators

 Brazil
 Canada
 Monaco
 France
  • Heli Securite[8]
 Netherlands
 United States

Specifications (EC130 B4)

Data from {Eurocopter EC130 B4 2008 tech data book}

General characteristics
  • Crew: 1 (pilot in left seat)
  • Capacity: 6 passengers (2 at front and four at back) can be modified to take 7 passengers (3 at front and four at back)
  • Length: 10.68 m (35 ft)
  • Rotor diameter: 10.69 m (35 ft 1in)
  • Height: 3.34 m (10 ft 11 in)
  • Empty weight: 1,377 kg (3,036 lbs)
  • Useful load: 1,050 kg (2,315 lbs)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 2,427 kg (5,351 lbs)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Turbomeca Arriel 2B1 turboshaft, 632 kW (847 shp)

Performance

Avionics
Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD) with First Limit Indicator (FLI) fitted as standard.

See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References

  1. ^ "Airwaves Magazine" page 11 Official Journal of the AHIA, Volume 2 | Issue 11 | December 2013. Accessed: 1 January 2014.
  2. ^ Moorman, Robert. "Recovery: Real or imagined ?" p30, Rotor & Wing, March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  3. ^ Erdos, Robert. "Multi-Function People Mover" page 66 Vertical Magazine, July 2014. Accessed: 6 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Começa a operar hoje o novo EC130 do Estado do Paraná". aereo.jor.br. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ontario Ministry Of Natural Resources Aviation Dept". mnr.gov.on.ca. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Air 2 takes to the skies". edmontonpolice.ca. 14 Sep 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Heli Air Monaco History". heliairmonaco.com. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Heli Securite Fleet". helicopter-saint-tropez.com. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Heli Holland Helicopter Fleet". heliholland.nl. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Air tour operator Blue Hawaiian is the launch customer for the much touted EC-130B4". bluehawaiian.com. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "The Sheriff’s helicopters". eurocopter.com. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Upgrades To Long Beach Police Helicopters May Fly". gazettes.com. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Papillon fleet". papillon.com. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 

External links

  • Eurocopter EC130 Ecureuil page
  • EASA Type Certificate R.008 AS350/EC130
  • The ECOSTAR: A new era in Helicopter Tourism
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