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Eurocopter EC120 B4 helicopter

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Picture EC120B4
General
Manufacturer Eurocopter
Type EC120 B4
Introduced 1/1/1998
In production? Yes
Units produced 550
Price US $ 1,700,000.00
Dimensions
Overall Length 37.79 ft
Length 31.51 ft
Height 11.15 ft
Width 4.92 ft
   
   
Description In 1991, Aerospatiale announced that it had started to develop the P120 as the successor to the successful Lama and Gazelle lines. The development was a joint effort between Aerospatiale, Singapore Technologies Aerospace (STAero) and the Chinese companies CATIC/Harbin. In 1992, the helicopter divisions of Aerospatiale merged with DASA to form the Eurocopter group, and the P120 was renamed as the EC120, which is known by the Chinese as the HC120. The first flight of the EC120 took place on June 9, 1995.

The EC120 is a five-seater, multipurpose machine with advanced technologies that are common in Eurocopter helicopters. The fenestron tail rotor and the Spheriflex® main rotor head are the most important of these.

The EC120 also uses composite materials extensively in its fuselage design and rotor blades. The cabin is spacious, making it comfortable for both pilot and passenger.

Eurocopter expected to sell over 2000 models, which turned out to be somewhat optimistic. However, the model is still popular, with over 550 units sold by 2008.
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Design features
  • Fenestron anti-torque device
  • Crashworthy fuel systems
  • Energy attenuating fuel structure and seats
  • Skid type landing gear
  • Mostly composite fuselage
  • Composite rotor blades
Description
In 1991, Aerospatiale announced that it had started to develop the P120 as the successor to the successful Lama and Gazelle lines. The development was a joint effort between Aerospatiale, Singapore Technologies Aerospace (STAero) and the Chinese companies CATIC/Harbin. In 1992, the helicopter divisions of Aerospatiale merged with DASA to form the Eurocopter group, and the P120 was renamed as the EC120, which is known by the Chinese as the HC120. The first flight of the EC120 took place on June 9, 1995.

The EC120 is a five-seater, multipurpose machine with advanced technologies that are common in Eurocopter helicopters. The fenestron tail rotor and the Spheriflex® main rotor head are the most important of these.

The EC120 also uses composite materials extensively in its fuselage design and rotor blades. The cabin is spacious, making it comfortable for both pilot and passenger.

Eurocopter expected to sell over 2000 models, which turned out to be somewhat optimistic. However, the model is still popular, with over 550 units sold by 2008.
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Design features:
  • Fenestron anti-torque device
  • Crashworthy fuel systems
  • Energy attenuating fuel structure and seats
  • Skid type landing gear
  • Mostly composite fuselage
  • Composite rotor blades
Performance
Persons 5
Max. Range 452 mi
Cruise Speed 141 mph
Max. Speed 173 mph
Max. rate of Climb 1200 ft/min
HOGE ceiling 7600 ft
Service Ceiling 17000 ft
Gross Weight 3781 lb
Empty Weigt 2127 lb
Useful Load 1653 lb
Dynamic system
Fuel Capacity 107 gallons
Number of Engines 1
Engine Type Turbine
Engine Code TURBOMECA Arrius 2F
Horse Power 504
Rotorhead Articulated Spheriflex rotorhead
Number of rotorblades 3
Rotor Diameter 32.81 ft
Number of tail rotorblades 8
Tailrotor Diameter 0 ft
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