Robinson R 44 Raven I / Raven II
ENGINE: 6-cylinder Lycoming IO-540 (205 shp)
CRUISING SPEED: 100 kt (185 km/h)
RANGE: approximately 300NM (550 km)
SEATS: 4 (including pilot)
LUGGAGE: 4 small luggage (under seats)
MAX GROSS WEIGHT: 2500 lbs (1134 kg)
EMPTY WEIGHT: 1505 lbs (683 kg)
FUEL CAPACITY (176l): 179 lbs (126 kg)
LOADING WEIGHT: 716 lbs (325 kg)
MAX PASSENGER WEIGHT: 286 lbs (130 kg)
ENGINE: 6-cylinder Lycoming IO-540 (205 shp)
Robinson R 66 Turbine
CRUISING SPEED: 110 kt (204 km/h)
RANGE: approximately 650 km (+350 with aux fuel tank)
SEATS: 5 (including pilot)
LUGGAGE: 3 big suitcases + small items under seats
LUGGAGE WITH AUXILIARY TANK: 2-3 medium suitcases
MAX GROSS WEIGHT: 2700 lbs (1225 kg)
EMPTY WEIGHT: 1280 lbs (581 kg)
FUEL CAPACITY (278 l): 493 lbs (224 kg)
LOADING WEIGHT: 927 lbs (420 kg)
MAX PASSENGER WEIGHT: 286 lbs (130kg)
Airbus H 125 (AS 350)
Airbus H 125 (Eurocopter AS 350 B3e) is the latest version (after AS 350 BA, B2 and B3) of one of the most famous helicopter type in the world – AS350. This is a constantly developed version of the multi-task single-engine turbine helicopter, manufactured since 1975, which surpasses all other helicopters collectively in terms of efficiency, versatility and safety. The helicopter can carry 5 passengers plus 1 pilot in the cabin configuration 2 + 4 or 6 passengers and one pilot in the configuration with an additional 3 + 4 front seat. Each passenger will find a place for an average suitcase in the helicopter trunks (the helicopter version with increased luggage capacity will fit also large travel suitcases). In addition to VIP flights and high-altitude passenger flights, H 125 / AS 350 are most common in filming flights and aerial missions with suspended loads, such as high-altitude construction work or fire protection, geophysical surveys.
H125 / AS350 is the most proven and reliable member of the Eurocopter family (currently Airbus Helicopters), helicopter well known and appreciated all over the world. About 5,000 of these helicopters were delivered in over 100 countries to about 1,600 customers. Thanks to the large cabin and uninterrupted high cruising speed, range and payload, commonly known as Equireuil (Astar in North America or Esquilo in South America), it can take cargo or passengers on more flights back and forth daily than any other helicopter in this category. H125 / AS350 is distinguished in particular by the excess of power used in extreme atmospheric and operational conditions in almost every corner of the world (from regular missions in a typical temperate climate of all continents, to specific tasks in the Himalayas or Andes and as well as in the deserts as well in Antarctica). In 2005, the AS350 B3 version broke the world record for landing and takeoff at Mount Everest at 8 850 meters (29 035 feet) – the record remains unbeatable to this day.
Airbus H 130 – EC 130
The H130 (formerly known as EC130 T2, the development version of the AS350 helicopter) is a single-engine turbine helicopter with standard dual hydraulic system belonging to the Airbus Ecureuil family, which represents 42% of the operated fleet of Airbus helicopters and has accumulated over 332 million hours of flight worldwide. The helicopter can carry 6 passengers plus 1 pilot in the cabin configuration 3 + 4 or 7 passengers and one pilot in the configuration 4 + 4 with an additional front seat. Each passenger will find a place for an average suitcase in the helicopter trunks. H130 / EC130 is adapted in particular to transport passengers in tourist services, charter operations or VIP flights and also in medical rescue, performing flights from isolated tourist attractions to busy airspace above cities. In addition to passenger flights, the helicopter can be easily adapted to work with suspended loads by establishing the so-called cargo swing. The H130 / EC130 has the largest cabin of all single-engine helicopters in its class, about 54% more uninterrupted space and 143% more luggage space than the competing Bell 407.
As the quietest helicopter on the market in its category, the H130 Fenestron® shielded rear rotor and automatic rotor speed control contribute to its significantly reduced external noise level. With a noise level of 7 dB below the requirements, it is quieter than the most stringent limits set by the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States – a recognized benchmark for green tourism operations. The distinctive Airbus Fenestron® tail rotor is easy to maintain and its shielded design reduces susceptibility to impact damage and increases the safety of ground personnel working near the helicopter.
Other H130 / EC 130 enhancements include active vibration control and advanced cabin environmental control. The Safran Arriel 2D turbine engine includes a new generation of dual-channel, digital engine control system (FADEC) with a third independent and automatic standby channel. The H130 / EC130 uses the latest technologies, materials, systems and avionics, based on the proven experience of the Airbus Ecureuil rotorcraft family. This user-friendly helicopter is pleasant and easy to fly. The multi-function display of the vehicle and engine (VEMD), integrated with the dashboard, significantly reduces the load on the pilot, thus increasing flight safety.