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Eurocopter EC120 Colibri

Eurocopter EC120 Colibri F-HBKB Heli Dax

The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) EC120 Colibri (English: hummingbird) is a 5-seat, single-engine, single main rotor, light helicopter.

  • Role: Light utility helicopter
  • National origin: France
  • Manufacturer: Eurocopter/Airbus Helicopters/Harbin Aircraft Industry Group
  • First flight: 9 June 1995
  • Introduction: 1998
  • Status: In service
  • Produced: 1995 – present
  • Number built: 550+

Specifications (EC120 B)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2 pilots
  • Capacity: 4 passengers
  • Length: 9.6 m (31 ft 5 in)
  • Rotor diameter: 10.0 m (32 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 3.4 m (11 ft 2 in)
  • Empty weight: 991 kg (2,185 lb)
  • Useful load: 724 kg (1,596 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 1,715 kg (3,781 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Turbomeca Arrius 2F turboshaft, 376 kW (504 shp)

Performance

  • Never exceed speed: 278 km/h (150 knots, 172 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 223 km/h (120 knots, 138 mph)
  • Range: 710 km (383 nm, 440 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,182 m (17,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 5.84 m/s (1,150 ft/min)

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

Eurocopter EC120 Colibri

Eurocopter EC120 F-HBKB French Army

The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) EC120 Colibri (English: hummingbird) is a 5-seat, single-engine, single main rotor, light helicopter. Jointly designed and developed by Eurocopter, China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC), Harbin Aviation Industries (Group) Ltd (HAIG) and Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (STAero) at Eurocopter France’s Marignane facility, the EC120 B is assembled by Eurocopter in France and Australia.

  • Role: Light utility helicopter
  • National origin: France, China, Singapore
  • Manufacturer: Eurocopter/Airbus Helicopters, Harbin Aircraft Industry Group
  • First flight: 9 June 1995
  • Introduction: 1998
  • Status: In service
  • Produced: 1995-present
  • Number built: over 550

Military operators

  • People’s Liberation Army Air Force (China)
  • Hélidax (Army Aviation Training) (France)
  • Indonesian Air Force
  • Indonesian Navy
  • Republic of Singapore Air Force
  • Spanish Air Force

Specifications (EC120 B)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2 pilots
  • Capacity: 4 passengers
  • Length: 9.6 m (31 ft 5 in)
  • Rotor diameter: 10.0 m (32 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 3.4 m (11 ft 2 in)
  • Empty weight: 991 kg (2,185 lb)
  • Useful load: 724 kg (1,596 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 1,715 kg (3,781 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Turbomeca Arrius 2F turboshaft, 376 kW (504 shp)

Performance

  • Never exceed speed: 278 km/h (150 knots, 172 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 223 km/h (120 knots, 138 mph)
  • Range: 710 km (383 nm, 440 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,182 m (17,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 5.84 m/s (1,150 ft/min)

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