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H130

H130

Roomy, silent and smooth

From major tourist destinations to the busy airspace over cities, the single-engine H130 (previously known as the EC130 T2) is in widespread use with sightseeing services, charter operators, and law enforcement agencies, among others. 

 


30 million flight hours and rising

In 2016, Airbus’ Ecureuil fleet reached 30 million flight hours. Learn more about this fleet that represents 42 percent of Airbus’ in-service aircraft.

Aircraft

Enhancing the popular EC130 rotorcraft

The H130 is a lightweight single-engine helicopter tailored for passenger transportation, sightseeing and VIP duties, as well as medical airlift, law enforcement and surveillance missions. As a multi-role rotorcraft, the H130 has a spacious cabin for 1 pilot and up to 7 passengers, depending on the configuration.

Airbus has improved the EC130’s capabilities in its H130 version by equipping the rotorcraft with a Safran Arriel 2D engine offering 10 percent more average power and a lower fuel consumption. This provides a higher maximum takeoff weight and greater speed.

Other H130 enhancements include a vibration control system; improved air conditioning; a cabin interior structure redesign with a full flat floor; a cockpit update for enhanced man-machine interface; new energy-absorbing seats; integration of a crashworthy fuel tank; and easier maintenance for electrical and air conditioning systems.

A quiet and powerful operator

As the quietest helicopter on the market in its category, the H130’s Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor and automatic variable rotor speed control contribute to its significantly reduced external sound level. 

With a noise signature 7 dB below requirements, it is quieter than the most restrictive limits defined by the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States – a recognised benchmark for eco-friendly tourism operations.

The Safran Arriel 2D turbine engine, which includes a new generation dual-channel FADEC (Full Automatic Digital Engine Control) system with a third independent and automatic back-up channel, provides increased power for high and hot operations, aerial work and other challenging missions.

Modern and reliable

The H130 incorporates state-of-the-art technologies, materials, systems and avionics, building on the proven experience of Airbus’ Ecureuil rotorcraft family. 

This user-friendly helicopter is pleasant and easy for pilots to fly. The Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD), integrated in the instrument panel, reduces the pilot’s workload considerably, thus enhancing flight safety. 

The H130 is fully equipped with a VFR day-and-night navigation system in a standard “ready to fly” package, associated with a GPS map display.

An unmatched rotor system

The H130’s main and tail rotor systems incorporate proven Airbus technologies for performance, ruggedness, reliability and safety.

Its Starflex® main rotor head reduces external sound levels without jeopardising available power. The composite main rotor blades are highly resistant to impact damage and corrosion, and have a long service life.

The Airbus’ signature Fenestron® tail rotor is easy to maintain. Its shrouded design reduces vulnerability to impact damage, enhances safety for ground personnel working in the rotorcraft’s vicinity, and contributes to the H130’s very low external sound level.

Easy to maintain

The H130’s simple design, use of composite materials, and the experience drawn from Airbus’ mature Ecureuil family contribute to reduced maintenance costs and a high availability rate.

Advanced technologies integrated in the helicopter help pilots and technicians with their daily maintenance tasks, including access to maintenance data recorded by the Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD).

See the HCare Services section for more information about services at Airbus Helicopters.

Missions

Tourism

As one of the quietest helicopters in the skies, the H130 sets the standard for tourism operations worldwide. Its very low sound level is 7 dB below the ICAO requirement and remains quieter than the most restrictive limits defined for flights over national parks, animal reserves and urban areas. 

The wide, unobstructed cabin can accommodate the pilot and up to 7 passengers, providing outstanding visibility through large wrap-around windscreen and wide windows.

With the open-space cabin, everyone aboard can enjoy spectacular views from their forward-facing seats. Rear passengers are comfortably seated, installed on a raised “theater-style” platform.

Emergency medical services

Thanks to its exceptional cabin size and dedicated medical configuration, the H130 is considered the reference for air ambulance missions among single-engine helicopters. The wide, unobstructed cabin with large hinged and sliding doors enables easy loading and unloading of stretchers, and ensures a rapid access for medical personnel. Doctors and paramedics have plenty of space to take care of patients during flight.

The low internal sound level and the flat cabin floor offer a suitable environment to install both sensitive and bulky medical equipment. Adjustable energy-absorbing seats accommodate 1 stretcher, 2 medical attendants and 1 additional seat. 

Airbus’ Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor enhances safety in flight, when manoeuvring close to obstacles, and for personnel and patients while on the ground.

Private and business aviation

The H130 delivers high-tech comfort for the most discriminating business and private passengers, guaranteeing an enjoyable ride with its very low internal sound level, comfortable cabin, exceptional visibility and efficient air conditioning system.

Long boarding steps on both sides, plus the large right-hand sliding door, facilitate cabin access, while baggage is accommodated in an aft luggage compartment. 

The Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor makes the aircraft extremely discreet when flying over urban areas, and contributes to the rotorcraft’s manoeuvrability – especially during landing/takeoff from confined areas such as city heliports and helipads on yachts.

The interior of the H130 can be customised for VIP requirements, benefitting from the large cabin and its full flat floor.

Law enforcement

The H130 is always ready for duty in all types of law enforcement operations. A quick automatic engine start-up sequence, along with the excellent performance and availability rate, enable this helicopter to rapidly and efficiently carry out the assignment. 

Its spacious, unobstructed cabin provides exceptional visibility and sufficient space to install a full range of mission equipment – including a fully-integrated tactical console. 

Externally, equipment such as electro-optical systems and searchlights are easily integrated on the airframe.

Aerial work

The H130’s high performance tailors this helicopter for a full range of aerial work missions. 

When using the new sling with a 1,500-kg load capacity, the pilot is afforded excellent visibility – even in long-line operations.  During cargo transportation, the large cabin accommodates wide loads, while the H130 remains remarkably stable thanks to the design of its landing gear and the large horizontal stabiliser.

The Fenestron® contributes to the helicopter’s excellent handling qualities while preventing the tail rotor blades from hitting obstacles when landing or manoeuvring in confined areas. This proven shrouded tail rotor also provides additional safety for personnel on the ground.

Documents

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06 March 2017

H130 infographic

From major tourist destinations to the busy airspace over cities, the single-engine H130 (previously known as the EC130 T2) is in widespread use with sightseeing services, charter operators, and law enforcement agencies, among others.

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Naming Convention      
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21 November 2017

Naming Convention

Airbus Helicopters renamed the majority of its products in 2015 to reflects its own rebranding as Airbus and to provide its customers with a coherent and easy-tounderstand product range.

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Civil Range      
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16 October 2017

Civil Range

Airbus Helicopters’ mission is to provide the most efficient rotorcraft solutions to our customers, so that they may serve, protect, save lives and safely carry passengers in demanding environments.

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H130-Brochure Presentation      
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27 May 2016

H130-Brochure Presentation

The H130® is a light single-engine helicopter including all the latest technology and a roomy modular cabin that can accommodate 1 pilot plus up to 6/7 passengers. It is the quietest helicopter on the market: its Fenestron® tail rotor and automatic variable rotor speed control result in a significantly reduced external sound level.

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H130-Technical-Data      
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21 December 2016

H130-Technical-Data

Photos and videos

H130 © Airbus Helicopters / Anthony PECCHI
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30 October 2017

H130

From major tourist destinations to the busy airspace over cities, the single-engine H130 is in widespread use with sightseeing services, charter operators, and law enforcement agencies, among others.

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27 October 2017

H130 Commercial Air Transport

The H130 is highly cost-effective and offers a turbine-smooth environment and quiet ride, along with unmatched visibility for passengers and open-space cabins that enhance comfort and facilitate loading/unloading.

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27 October 2017

H130 Commercial Air Transport

The H130 is highly cost-effective and offers a turbine-smooth environment and quiet ride, along with unmatched visibility for passengers and open-space cabins that enhance comfort and facilitate loading/unloading.

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17 October 2017

H130 the benchmark in EMS mission helicopters

The H130's unobstructed cabin – the benchmark in size among single-engine helicopters – offer open space without partitions, accommodating EMS equipment tailored to customer needs.

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17 October 2017

H130: The leader in helicopter tourism

Airbus set a new benchmark with the H130, whose open cabin design and more than 65 square feet of glass affords a 180-degree sweeping view.

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17 October 2017

The multirole helicopter

The H130 is a lightweight single-engine helicopter tailored for passenger transportation, sightseeing and VIP duties, as well as medical airlift, law enforcement and surveillance missions.

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22 June 2017

H130 Static Display - 22 June PAS 2017

With a simple design, use of composite materials and maturity drawn from Airbus’ Ecureuil family, the H130 – such as this one seen at the 2017 Paris Air Show – benefits from reduced maintenance costs and high reliability.

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22 June 2017

H130 Static Display - 22 June PAS 2017

Known the world over for being a multi-role rotorcraft, the H130 – which is being exhibited at the 2017 Paris Air Show – performs duties in sightseeing operations, medical airlift and law enforcement, as well as VIP flights.

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22 June 2017

H130 Static Display - 22 June PAS 2017

With a simple design, use of composite materials and maturity drawn from Airbus’ Ecureuil family, the H130 – such as this one seen at the 2017 Paris Air Show – benefits from reduced maintenance costs and high reliability.

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22 June 2017

H130 Static Display - 22 June PAS 2017

The H130 is a member of Airbus’ Ecureuil fleet, which has reached the enviable milestone of 30 million flight hours, a testament to its longevity and reliability.

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Static Display - 21 June PAS 2017 Airbus, Airbus - Master Films - Pascal Pigeyre
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21 June 2017

Static Display - 21 June PAS 2017

The 2017 Paris Air Show showcases a broad range of aircraft at its static display, including an Airbus H130 helicopter.

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19 June 2017

Static display - 19 June PAS 2017

A400M and H130 at the static display, 2017 Paris Air Show

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18 June 2017

Airbus Helicopters H130 at the 2017 Paris Air Show

With a simple design, use of composite materials and maturity drawn from Airbus’ Ecureuil family, the H130 – such as this one seen at the 2017 Paris Air Show – benefits from reduced maintenance costs and high reliability

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Airbus Helicopters rolls out 700th H130 © Eric RAZ / AIRBUS Helicopters
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16 May 2017

Airbus Helicopters rolls out 700th H130

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08 March 2017

Cost reductions efforts pay off on H125, H130 and H135 programs

Airbus Helicopters’ efforts in the field of customer satisfaction are paying off with a recent independent survey confirming a significant reduction in direct maintenance and direct operating costs (DMC and DOC) for the H125, H130 and H135 helicopters, further strengthening the competitiveness of these types on the helicopter market.

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01 March 2017

Airbus Helicopters showcases H135 Helionix at Heli-Expo alongside the ever popular H145 and H130

Airbus Helicopters highlights its wide range of products and services at the 2017 Heli-Expo, 7- 9 March at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX.

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Airbus Corporate Helicopters 130 Airbus Helicopters / Anthony PECCHI
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16 February 2017

Airbus Corporate Helicopters 130

Airbus Corporate Helicopters 130

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22 November 2016

Airbus Helicopters to build new customer service center in Chile; celebrates 15th anniversary

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30 October 2016

H130

H130 Transport Passagers Corporate

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30 October 2016

H130

H130 Transport Passagers Corporate

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01 March 2016

HAI 2016 - Phoenix HeliFlight

For Canadian operator Phoenix Heli-Flight, operating challenging missions in extreme temperatures is all in a day’s work, as the charter helicopter company performs rescues at the limits of endurance—for both crew and its Airbus Helicopters fleet. During this year’s HAI Heli-Expo airshow, the company’s newest helicopter – the first utility-configured H130 in North America – is spending the week on display at the Airbus Helicopters stand.

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12 November 2015

The Papillon Effect

From the earth to the sky ... <br />The Papillon Effect <br /> <br />Elling Halvorson is one of those rare and remarkable entrepreneurs. <br />He's someone who's gone out into the world and proven himself to himself and to others that he can face whatever challenges life sets before him. <br />We had the privilege of spending a few days with him and the company he founded. <br /> <br />Papillon, the helicopter touring company he started more than 50 years ago, is still a family run business. <br />It has grown from a roadside shack with one helicopter to a company with several heliports and one of the largest privately owned fleets of Airbus helicopters in the world. <br />Its employees exude its founder's frontier spirit and willingness to take anything from an idea to reality, from the Earth to the Sky. <br />This film tells the company's story and shows why the new Airbus H130 is the machine that will lead them into the next era of helicopter tours. <br /> <br /> <br />Directed and Filmed by <br />Steven Gruen <br />Yankel Murciano <br /> <br />Produced by <br />Yankel Murciano - Productions Autrement Dit <br />Patrick Gertner - Airbus Helicopters <br /> <br />Aerial Shooting <br />Hangar 5 Production <br /> <br /> <br />© Productions Autrement Dit - Airbus Helicopters 2015

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H130 news

Airbus Helicopters rolls out 700th H130

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Cost reductions efforts pay off on H125, H130 and H135 programs

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Airbus Helicopters showcases H135 Helionix at Heli-Expo alongside the ever popular H145 and H130

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Airbus Helicopters to build new customer service center in Chile; celebrates 15th anniversary

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Airbus Helicopters makes breakthroughs in the Baltic States

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Q&A: The Ecureuil family has achieved 30 million flight hours. Here's how it happened.

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Did you know?

Total H130 family helicopters delivered
more than 360  
Total in service helicopters
more than 600 
Total cumulated flight hours as of end of 2015 more than 1,585,000
Operators
around 310
Operating countries
nearly 60
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