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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: 304
Also Known As: EC 130B4 Ecureuil
Origin: France
Corporations: Airbus Helicopters
Parent System: AS 350
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): April 1978
Maiden Flight: 27 June 1974
Total Production: 4,271
Family Members: AS350 Ecureuil, AS355 Ecureuil, AS355 NP Ecureuil, AS550 Fennec, AS555 Fennec, AS555 SN Fennec, H125, H125M and H130
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Description: The Fennec/Ecureuil is a family of multi-role helicopters featuring design simplicity, reliability and high performance. The aircraft was developed in the 1970s by Aerospatiale, thereafter Eurocopter and now Airbus Helicopters, as a replacement for the Allouette II. These lightweight helicopters are intended for both commercial and military markets. Fennec designation applies to military helicopters and Ecureuil, which means 'Squirrel' in English, applies to commercial helicopters. These platforms can be powered either by a single turboshaft engine or by two engines (AS 350/550 and AS 355/555 series). Composite materials have been used extensively in the aircraft design making it more durable and lighter. There are many variants of Fennec/Ecureuil helicopter family primarily due to the use of different power plants such as Arriel and Arrius family of engines. The characteristics of Fennec/Ecureuil helicopters also translate into low acquisition costs and low costs of maintenance and operation. Eurocopter has scored a big success through this helicopter family with more than 4,000 aircraft (2,400+ single engine models) sold around the globe so far. First flight was carried out in 1974 and the first delivery in April 1978.

Eurocopter's single engine EC 130 was conceived to provide further space, seating capacity, comfort and low vibration levels to the Fennec/Ecureuil family of helicopters. This helicopter can accommodate up to eight passengers in addition to the single pilot. Low noise emission is achieved through the tail rotor Fenestron design and the automatic control of the rotor. The cabin results more spacious (2.03m to 1.87m) and Arriel 2B1 with dual channel FADEC (Full Authority Digital Electronic Control) engine enhances the reliability of the aircraft. Moreover, a back-up control box automatically controls the engine in case of total failure of both digital channels of the FADEC. The military variant, EC 130B4 Fennec C3, was developed to replace aging Alouette III combat helicopters. It can conduct medical evacuation, troop transport and tactical combat missions.

EC130 Specifications

Crew: 1
Main Rotor Blades: 3
Number of Engines: 1
Passengers: 8
Height: 3.61 meter (142 inch)
Length: 10.7 meter (420 inch)
Main Rotor Diameter: 10.7 meter (421 inch)
Width: 2.03 meter (80 inch)
Ceiling: 7,010 meter (22,999 foot)
Max Power at TakeOff: 739 shp (551 kW)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 156 knot (289 kph)
Empty Weight: 1,379 kilogram (3,040 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 2,800 kilogram (6,173 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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EC130 News

There are 10 news between
30 May 2007 and 23 Feb 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012R&R Aviation Signs Letter of Intent for two EC130 B4 Helicopters
Sunday, February 12, 2012Corail Helicopteres Orders Two Eurocopter EC130 B4 Helicopters
Thursday, March 10, 2011Eurocopter Booked 68 New Orders at Heli-Expo 2011
Tuesday, March 30, 2010Eurocopter Canada Announces the Sale of Three EC130 B4 Helicopters to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Monday, March 29, 2010Eurocopter Signs Contracts for Seven Helicopters at FIDAE
Tuesday, February 23, 2010Papillon Helicopters Adds Another EC130 to its Fleet
Air Methods Orders Eight EC130s and Four AS350 B3s
Monday, April 7, 2008Eurocopter Signs Distributorship Agreement with Heli Invest in Poland
Tuesday, June 19, 2007Eurocopter and Helitrans Sign a Contract for the Acquisition of 10 Helicopters
Wednesday, May 30, 2007Eurocopter Signs Agreement for Helicopter Maintenance with Falcon Aviation Services

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft ordered by Helitrans (5)
Aircraft ordered by Provincia de Misiones (1)
Aircraft ordered by R&R Aviation (2)
Aircraft ordered by Capitale Helipro (2)
Aircraft ordered by Aero Service (1)
Aircraft ordered by Corail Helicopteres (2)
United Arab Emirates2
Aircraft ordered by Falcon Aviation Services (2)
United States of America43
Aircraft ordered by Air Methods (8); Papillon Helicopters (14); Maverick Helicopters (21)

Grand Total 6613
Propulsion Systems
Arriel 2B1x1
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