Eurocopter EC120

Derived from Aerospatiale AS350Z

The EC120 Colibri ( Hummingbird ) is a 5-seat, single-engine light helicopter originally proposed by Aerospatiale as a replacement of the Gazelle. Development was carried out by (recently formed) Eurocopter (61%), China's CATIC/Harbin (24%) where is known as HC-120 and Singapore industries STAero (15%).

The prototype first flew on June 9, 1995. Production deliveries known as EC120B began in 1998 with launch customer Uni-Fly A/S and more than 600 were already built by 2009. From 2014 produced as Airbus H120

Model News

HeliDax EC120 With Safran Health Monitoring, 27-Feb-18 : Heli-Expo 2018 HeliDax, a privately-held company that supply basic and advanced training of Franch and Belgian military helicopters pilots, signed a Health Monitoring contract with Safran for the EC120 fleet

Helang Flying Academy and Rotortrade Services Partnership, 29-Mar-17 : LIMA 2017 Rotortrade Services and Malaysia’s Helang Flying Academy signed for the first of several EC120B during Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition “LIMA 2017”

Entrol Simulator to Helang Academy in Malaysia, 27-Mar-17 : Entrol from Madrid, Spain has sold its first H03 / EC120 FNPT II simulator to the Helang Flying Academy in Malaysia

FAA STC for Genesys HeliSAS on EC120, 09-Nov-16 : Genesys Aerosystems received FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of its helicopter stability augmentation system (HeliSAS) and two-axis autopilot aboard the EC120

High-Compression Engine for Higher-Performance, 10-Nov-15 : Airbus Helicopters completed the first flight test of the high-compression engine part of the European Clean Sky initiative’s Green Rotorcraft Integrated Technology Demonstrator (ITD) program

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Engine: 1 x Safran (Turbomeca) Arrius 2F 450shp
Capacity: 2 + 4
Length: (m) 9.6
Height: (m) 3.4
Blades: 3
Rotor diam.: (m) 10
Disc area: (m2) 78.5
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 990     Max: 1700
Speed: (km/h) Cruise: 220     Max: 280
Range: (km) 700
Ceiling: (m) 5000
Rate/Climb: (m/min) 350

Derivatives & Versions

EC120B 1998
AH ec120 2014 Airframes built before January 1st, 2014 listed as Eurocopter EC120

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