Eurocopter EC120 Colibri




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light utility
one or two
4 passengers
1,596 lbs.
1,543 lbs.
707 lbs.
Turbomeca turboshaft
504 s.h.p.
31 ft. 5 in.
11 ft. 2 in.
32 ft. 8 in.
2,185 lbs.
3,780 lbs.
135 mph
152 mph
1,150 fpm
17,000 feet
440 miles
6/9/95
1998



EC120 with Bambi bucket

Eurocopter EC 120 Colibri

The Eurocopter EC 120 Colibri was developed in the early 1990's from a technology demonstrator helicopter version.  Eurocopter's purpose for its development was to compete in the light utility helicopter market.  The Eurocopter EC 120 was produced as a joint venture between Eurocopter, CATIC/HAMC, China, and Singapore Technologies Aerospace.

The first Eurocopter EC 120 Colibri prototypes were produced in France. By 1997 they had accumulated over 250 test hours and were certified the same year.

The Eurocopter EC 120 Colibri has become popular around the world. Among its uses are blaze suppression when equipped with a Bambi bucket, for law enforcement, general transport, news coverage, emergency medical services, and moving loads in tight places using its sling.

Operators of the Eurocopter EC 120 Colibri appreciate its low operating costs and versatility. The all glass cockpit features twin digital displays for monitoring helicopter engine and mechanical functions.

The fuselage features Kevlar and carbon fiber reinforced materials for low weight and minimal maintenance. It has relatively large cabin space, a flat deck, and loads easily through side sliding doors and a rear clam shell type hatch.

The Eurocopter EC 120 Colibri has all composite three bladed rotors connect to a one piece bearing-less rotor head driven by a single engine for a smooth ride and to maximize fuel economy. The rotor head is designed to last a minimum of 3,000 operating hours. The asymmetrically placed blades in the Fenstron tail rotor of the Eurocopter EC 120 Colibri keep overall noise at a low level.

The U.S. government ordered 80 Eurocopter EC 120 Colibri helicopters for use in border patrol and homeland security operations. The French Army uses the Eurocopter EC 120 to train its pilots before graduating to pilot larger helicopters.

Some 700 Eurocopter EC 120 Colibri helicopters were built world-wide prior to production ending in 2017.




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