From major tourist destinations to the busy airspace over cities, the single-engine H130 (previously known as the EC130 T2) is in widespread use with sightseeing services, shuttle and charter operators, and law enforcement agencies, among others. It is enhanced with a powerful turboshaft engine, along with other improvements that build on the worldwide popularity of Airbus Helicopter's lightweight EC130 helicopter.
The H130 is a lightweight single-engine helicopter tailored for passenger transportation, sightseeing and VIP duties, as well as medical airlift, law enforcement 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.
Airbus Helicopters has improved the EC130's capabilities in its H130 version by equipping the rotorcraft with with a Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine offering 10 percent more average power and a lower fuel consumption. This provides a higher maximum takeoff weight and greater speed.
Other H130 enhancements include a vibration control system; improved air conditioning; a cabin interior structure redesign with a full flat floor; a cockpit update for enhanced man-machine interface; new energy-absorbing seats; integration of a crashworthy fuel tank; and increased maintenance accessibility for electrical and air conditioning systems.
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 its significantly reduced external sound level.
With a noise signature 7 dB below requirements, it is quieter than the most restrictive limits defined by the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States - a recognized benchmark for eco-friendly tourism operations.
The Turbomeca Arriel 2D turbine engine, which includes a new generation dual-channel FADEC (Full Automatic Digital Engine Control) system with a third independent and automatic back-up channel, provides increased power for high and hot operations, aerial work and other challenging missions.
The H130 incorporates state-of-the-art technologies, materials, systems and avionics, building on the proven experience of Airbus Helicopters' Ecureuil rotorcraft family.
This user-friendly helicopter is pleasant and easy to fly for the pilot. The Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD), integrated in the instrument panel, reduces the pilot's workload considerably, thus enhancing flight safety.
The H130 also is fully equipped with a VFR day-and-night navigation system in a standard "ready to fly" package, associated with a GPS map display.
The H130's main and tail rotor systems incorporate proven Airbus Helicopters technologies for performance, ruggedness, reliability and safety.
Its Starflex main rotor head reduces external sound levels without jeopardizing available power. The composite main rotor blades are highly resistant to impact damage and corrosion, and have a long service life.
The Airbus Helicopters' 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.
The H130's simple design, use of composite materials, and the experience drawn from Airbus Helicopters' 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 (VEMD).
As one of the quietest helicopters in the skies, the H130 sets the standard for tour operations worldwide. Its very low sound level is 7 dB below the ICAO requirement and remains quieter than the most restrictive limits defined for flights over national parks, animal reserves and urban areas. The wide, unobstructed cabin can accommodate the pilot and up to seven passengers, providing outstanding visibility through large wrap-around windscreen and wide windows. With the open-space cabin, everyone aboard can enjoy spectacular views from their forward-facing seats. Rear passengers are comfortably seated, installed on a raised "theater-style" platform.
Emergency medical services
Thanks to its exceptional cabin size and dedicated medical configuration, the H130 is considered the reference for air ambulance missions among single-engine helicopters. The wide, unobstructed cabin with large hinged and sliding doors enables easy loading and unloading of stretchers, and ensures a rapid access for medical personnel. Doctors and paramedics have plenty of space to take care of patients during fight. The low internal sound level and the flat cabin floor offer a suitable environment to install both sensitive and bulky medical equipment. The H130 offers adjustable energy-absorbing seats to accommodate one stretcher, two medical attendants and one additional seat. Airbus Helicopters' Fenestron shrouded tail rotor enhances safety in flight, when maneuvering close to obstacles, and for personnel and patients while on the ground.
Business and private aviation
The H130 delivers high-tech comfort for the most discriminating passengers, guaranteeing an enjoyable ride with its very low internal sound level, comfortable cabin, exceptional visibility and efficient air conditioning system. Long boarding steps on both sides, plus the large right-hand sliding door, facilitate cabin access, while baggage is accommodated in an aft luggage compartment. The Fenestron shrouded tail rotor makes the aircraft extremely discreet when flying over urban areas, and contributes to the rotorcraft's maneuverability - especially during landing/takeoff from confined areas such as city heliports and helipads on yachts. The interior of the H130 can be customized for VIP requirements, benefitting from the large cabin and its full flat floor.
The H130 is always ready for duty in all types of law enforcement operations. A quick automatic engine start-up sequence, along with the excellent performance and availability rate, enable this helicopter to rapidly and efficiently carry out the assignment. Its spacious, unobstructed cabin provides exceptional visibility and sufficient space to install a full range of mission equipment - including a fully-integrated tactical console. Externally, equipment such as electro-optical systems and searchlights are easily integrated on the airframe.
The H130's high performance tailors this helicopter for a full range of aerial work missions. When using the new sling with a 1,500-kg. load capacity, the pilot is afforded excellent visibility - even in long-line operations. During cargo transportation, the large cabin accommodates wide loads, while the H130 remains remarkably stable thanks to the design of its landing gear and the large horizontal stabilizer. The Fenestron contributes to the helicopter's excellent handling qualities while preventing the tail rotor blades from hitting obstacles when landing or maneuvering in confined areas. This proven shrouded tail rotor also provides additional safety for personnel on the ground.