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Eurocopter EC 130

The Eurocopter EC130 Ecureuil is a single engine light helicopter developed from the AS350 Ecureuil airframe.

Eurocopter EC 130 B4 - Finnair - C-GMVR
2007 Eurocopter EC 130 B4
C-GMVR (sn 4318)
Finnair
Photo taken Jun. 2009
Penticton Airport, BC Canada (YYF / CYYF)
Photo © AirplaneMart.com

Design and development

The EC130 is a wide body variant of the AS350 B3, and was first flown on 24 June 1999. The EC130 features an enclosed tail fan rather than the traditional tail rotor found on the older AS350. This Fenestron (French for "small window") 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, 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. The world's largest AMS operator, Air Methods, already operates six EC130s.

Variants

Eurocopter EC130 B4 - basic version.

Operators

Law Enforcement operators
United States
- Broward County Sheriff's Office uses one Eurocopter EC130 B4 helicopter.
- Long Beach Police Department uses two Eurocopter EC130 B4 helicopters.

Civilian operators
Australia
- The MAC Rescue Helicopter Service/MedSTAR operates an EC130 B4 for emergency situations. It is also made available to the South Australian Police who use the aircraft for both crime prevention and also in the pursuit of motor vehicles and suspects.

Canada
- Great Slave Helicopters - three EC130 B4 in service, based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
- Ontario Ministry Of Natural Resources - four EC130 B4
- Phoenix Heli-Flight Inc. - one EC130 B4 This one as probably the nicest paint job ever seen on a helicopter.(flaming phoenix)
- Eagle Copters Ltd. - one EC130 B4
- Silverline Helicopters Inc. - one EC130 B4
- Aviation Fox Inc. - one EC130 B4
- Aviation Peak Inc. - one EC130 B4
- J. B. Air Inc. - one EC130 B4
- Finnair Ltd - one EC130 B4 (C-GMVR)

Germany
- one EC130 B4 in service with Johann Lafer's Heli Gourmet service which combines helicopter travel with an outdoor eating
experience.

Monaco
- Two EC130 B4 in service with Heli Air Monaco.

New Zealand
- One EC130 B4 in service with Over The Top, a helicopter tour company based in Queenstown.

Netherlands
- Four EC130 B4 in service with Heli Holland.

United Arab Emirates
- One EC130 B4 in service with Falcon Aviation Services and 2 more ordered in 2007.

United States
- Six EC130 B4 helicopters in service with air medical services provider Air Methods.
- Nine EC130 B4 helicopters in service with tour operator Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.
- Three EC130 B4 helicopters in service with tour operator Grand Canyon Helicopters.
- Thirty five EC130 B4 helicopters in service with tour operator Maverick Helicopters based in Las Vegas.
- Three EC130 B4 helicopters in service with air medical services provider Medi Flight Oklahoma, based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
- Seven EC130 B4 in service with tour operator Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters.
- Two EC130 B4 in service with tour operator Sundance Helicopters, based in Las Vegas.
- Six EC130 B4 in service with tour operator Sunshine Helicopters in Hawaii.
- Two EC130 B4 in service with tour operator Stars and Stripes Air Tours Las Vegas, Nevada

Specifications (EC130 B4)

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
Never exceed speed: 287 km/h (155 knots, 178 mph)
Cruise speed: 240 km/h (130 knots, 150 mph)
Range: 610 km (329 nm, 378 mi)
Service ceiling: : 4,770 m (15,655 ft)
Rate of climb: 9.0 m/s (1,770 ft/min)

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

Last updated February 02, 2010
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