Eurocopter EC-120B Colibri
Eurocopter EC-120B Colibri. Photo. Characteristics.

Eurocopter EC-120B Colibri


Helicopter ES120 Colibri created to replace the successful family of helicopters AS350 Squirrel. When designing a new helicopter used modern technology, widely used in the construction of composite materials, the development of technology has a screw-in fenestron tail, thereby ES120 became in its class quietest helicopter.


Eurocopter EC-120B Colibri photo

Eurocopter EC-120B Colibri photo

The helicopter, which was named ES120 Colibri, was launched in 1990, when the French company "Aerospatiale" with CATIC (China National Import and Export Corporation of Aviation Technology) and "SingaporeTechnologiesAerospace" formed a joint venture to series production and development of promising 4-5-Local light helicopter.

The helicopter, which is able to meet the military and civilian customers, was named P120L. Design work started in February 1990, the first flight of the prototype planned for 1993, but the beginning of deliveries of machines in the series - on 1996.
Initially, the design of the single-engine P120L helicopter assumed the use of a four-bladed propellant-type propeller of the type "Aerospatiale", a fennestar screw in the tail of reduced noise and a simple ski chassis. The design considered the use of a large number of composite materials, of which the tail and main rotor blades were made, as well as most of the fuselage of the helicopter. It is expected that P120L will replace helicopters AerospatialeLama and Gazelle and press light helicopters such as Bell Jet Ranger on the world market. At the same time, the emphasis was on a small noise level and a long flight range.


Eurocopter EC-120B Colibri photo salon

Eurocopter EC-120B Colibri photo salon

In this project, initially leading role was in "Aerospatiale", which carried out the work 54 percent, whereas the share of CATIC was 30 percent, a "Singapore Technologies Aerospace" -16 percent. In October 1992 partners were able to sign a contract for a full-scale design of the helicopter.

Helicopter P 120L planned to be built in two versions: the "economic" base and improved for use at high altitudes and heat properties. In the process of designing the initial project has gone through significant changes, becoming more standard. Designers went to the decrease in maximum take-off weight of the helicopter at 500kg, carrying a three-blade propeller installed and made changes to the powerplant.
Project work completed, mainly to 1993. Then "Aerospatiale" has teamed up with the German company MBB, forming a group "Eurocopter", and helicopter P120L changed the designation on ES120 while undergoing further changes. The share of "Eurocopter" in the new version has to 61 umarnogo percentage of the volume of work, the share HAIC (Hafeyskaya Aviation Industry Company), owned by CATIC - 24 percent of the total amount of work, a for "Singapore Technologies Aerospace" left 15 percent. During final assembly, flight testing and certification of responsible European concern.


Eurocopter EC-120B Colibri photo booths

Eurocopter EC-120B Colibri photo booths

The plant of the company "Eurocopter" in the French city of Marignane built two prototypes. The first (F-WWPA) began to collect in the first half 1995, as he soared 09.06. 1995 years. Second (F-WWPD) prototype made its first flight 17.07.1996. Before the start of serial production of the helicopters passed tests for certification, including testing with the motor TurbomecaArrius2F, power 504l.s. and testing of the cold climate.


Features helicopter EC120 B Colibri:


  • Range: 735km

  • Cruising speed: 233km / hour

  • The highest altitude: 6096m

  • The highest take-off weight: 1715kg

  • Cabin height: 1.16m

  • interior length: 2.3m

  • The greatest number of passengers: 4

  • The width of the passenger compartment: 1.35m

  • Height: 3.08m

  • Length: 9.60m


Eurocopter EC-120B Colibri. Gallery.

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Eurocopter EC-120B Colibri helicopter collisionEurocopter EC-120B Colibri helicopter cabinEurocopter EC-120B Colibri airbase

Eurocopter EC-120B Colibri in the mountainsEurocopter EC-120B Colibri meeting of helicopters in the skyEurocopter EC-120B Colibri tail and cabin

Eurocopter EC-120B Colibri prepares for takeoffEurocopter EC-120B Colibri sits on the runwayEurocopter EC-120B Colibri before takeoff



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