From major tourist destinations to the busy airspace over cities, Airbus’ single-engine H130 (previously known as the EC130 T2) is in widespread use with sightseeing services, charter operators and emergency medical services, among others.
The H130 is a member of the Ecureuil family, which represents 44% of the Airbus-built in-service helicopter fleet worldwide, and has accumulated more than 35 million flight hours worldwide
A safe, silent, and comfortable ride
The H130 is an intermediate single-engine helicopter tailored for passenger transport, sightseeing and VIP duties, as well as medical airlift and surveillance missions. As a multi-role rotorcraft, the H130 has a spacious cabin for one pilot and up to seven passengers. Depending on the configuration, it can carry up to two pilots, one stretcher and three-to-four medical crew.
Other H130 enhancements include an active vibration control system and advanced environmental control; improved air conditioning; a cabin interior structure redesign with a full flat floor; a cockpit update for an enhanced human-machine interface integrating a glass cockpit Garmin G500H with synthetic vision system (SVS) and helicopter terrain avoidance and warning system (HTAWS); energy-absorbing seats and integration of a crash-resistant fuel system.
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 the significantly reduced external sound level.
With a noise signature 6 dB below ICAO limits, 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 includes a new-generation dual channel full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system with a third independent and automatic back-up channel.
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 considerably reduces the pilot’s workload, thus enhancing flight safety.
The H130 is fully equipped with a VFR (visual flight rules) day-and-night navigation system in a standard “ready to fly” package, associated with a Global Positioning System (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.
The composite main rotor blades are highly resistant to impact damage and corrosion, and have a long service life.
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
Wherever they are operated, a member of Airbus’ worldwide service network is nearby to provide the necessary support to keep H130s flying.
This network includes 30 customer centres and affiliate sites; more than 100 distributors, representatives, training centres, repair and overhaul facilities and maintenance centres, as well as logistics hubs in France, China, and Germany.
Airbus is at the service of customers – from technical support, component repair and overhaul to spare parts support, technical publications, and training. The H130’s simple design, its 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.
- See the HCare Services section for more information about services at Airbus Helicopters.
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