Eurocopter EC-120 Colibri
Eurocopter's answer for create another light helicopter lay in structuring an association with CATIC (Harbin) of China and Singapore Technologies Aerospace of Singapore.
Eurocopter (then Aerospatiale), CATIC and STA propelled definition improvement of another light helicopter, then assigned P-120l, in February 1990. The teaming game plans for the helicopter saw Aerospatiale/Eurocopter take a 61% system offer and administration, CATIC with 24% and Stae with 15%. An advancement goahead contract for the new flying machine was marked in October 1992 (by which time Aerospatiale's helicopter exercises had been consolidated into Eurocopter) and the EC-120 assignment was reported in January 1993 (the Colibri [hummingbird in English] name came later). Plan definition was finished in mid 1993.
Inside the Eurocopter/CATIC/Stae organization, Eurocopter is in charge of the configuration and production of the rotor framework and transmission, last gathering (at Marignane in France), flight testing and accreditation. CATIC forms the EC-120's fuselage, arriving apparatus and fuel framework, while Stae's territories of obligation blankets the tailboom, blade and entryways.
Outstanding Colibri configuration gimmicks incorporate a three edge primary rotor with a Spheriflex center incorporated with the driveshaft and transmission, composite principle and tail rotor edges and slide arriving apparatus, a metal development fuselage and another eight sharpened steel Fenestron covered tail rotor. The Turbomã©ca TM-319 Arrius 1f turboshaft was chosen to power in any event the initial 300 Colibris. The Colibri's lodge characteristics standard seating for five including the pilot.
The main of two EC-120 models first flew on June 9 1995 from Eurocopter France's Marignane office. French DGAC certificate was recompensed in June 1997, while the first creation Colibri first flew in December that year
Pictures of Eurocopter EC-120 Colibri