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.