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Krakow September 21, 2018

322b Section October 28, 2013

Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G2

Poland

History

 

Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G2 SP-NAL. 2018. Photo Karol Placha Hetman

Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G2 SP-NAL. 2018. Photo Karol Placha Hetman

Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G2 SP-NAL. 2018. Photo Karol Placha Hetman

 

The Guimbal Cabri G2 is a two-seat light helicopter produced by Hélicoptères Guimbal, powered by a reciprocating engine. It was designed by Bruno Guimbal, a former Eurocopter engineer. It had its origins in the 1980s. The first demonstrator flew in 1992.

During the 1980s, Bruno Guimbal, while working at Eurocopter on the Eurocopter AS.365 Dauphin and Eurocopter EC.120 Colibri helicopters, decided to independently pursue the development of a two-seat helicopter. Constructor Bruno Guimbal decided to build a small helicopter, which would have solutions from large helicopters, and would also be cheap. A fuselage made of composite. Tail rotor replaced with Fenestron. The new helicopter is to have a modern dashboard.

In 2000, Bruno Guimbal left Eurocopter to establish a new company, Hélicoptères Guimbal, in order to certify the Cabri G2 and to place the type into commercial production. To this end, research and production facilities were set up in Aix-en-Provence Aerodrome, France.

On March 31, 2005, the helicopter made its first flight. In 2007, the Cabri G2 helicopter received the European certificate. In February 2015, the Cabri G2 received type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Mass production began in 2005. By 2015, 44 helicopters units were built. By 2018, 220 helicopter units were built. The ordered helicopter will go to the customer after 12 months. The price of the helicopter in 2018 was 400,000 - 450,000 $. A used helicopter, which is 10 years old, costs about PLN 1,000,000. The Cabri G2 is from 2015 the best-selling two-seat helicopter in the world. In total, a fleet of 150 helicopters has flown over 100,000 hours and confirmed the highest level of Cabri G2 safety.

Since 2003, the company has been working on an unmanned version of the Cabri G2 helicopter.

In 2006 Cabri G2 set three world records in the class below 500 kg: maximum unladen height - 6658 m; climb time to a height of 3000 m - 6 minutes and 42 seconds; climb time to a height of 6000 m - 22 minutes 6 seconds.

Cabri G2 in Poland

On October 28, 2013, the Academic Aviation Training Center (AOSzL), operating at the Military Academy of Air Force (WSOSP) in Dęblin, received 2 new helicopters Cabri G2, and in 2014 ordered an additional three helicopters of this type.

 

Written by Karol Placha Hetman


Krakow September 21, 2018

322b Section October 28, 2013

Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G2

Poland

Construction 

The helicopter Cabri G2 mainly for flight training but also for other missions such as aerial video- and photography, air taxi and scenic tours. 

The Cabri G2 is a two-seat light helicopter with a three-bladed fully articulated main rotor and a Fenestron-type tail rotor. As with most French-designed helicopters, the main rotor blades advance to the left.  The rotor blades with composite are damage-tolerant and have no set life span. 

The fuselage features a damage-resistant all-composite construction, reducing weight and maintenance requirements while increasing strength.

The use of the Fenestron has been credited as having made the Cabri noticeably quieter than competing rotorcraft. This solution increases the safety of people at the airport.

The Cabri uses a skid landing gear arrangement; unusually, the skids are attached to the fuselage by elastomeric mounts rather than being directly bolted to fuselage.

The Cabri employs a side-by-side seating arrangement for a pilot and passenger, which is also ideal for training purposes, which is an intended role for the type. Available options include air conditioning, various avionics configurations, moving map display, Global Positioning System display, cargo hook, deployed floatation gear, and several maintenance tooling packages.

Powered

The Cabri powered by a single 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360 piston engine, which has been rated to 145 hp (108 kW) max continuous power and 160 hp (119 kW) 5-minute power. The engine incorporates a solid-state electronic ignition system which protects against over-speed upon startup and has greater reliability. The engine speed is regulated electronically.

Lycoming's history began in 1845 as the Demorest Manufacturing Company producing sewing machines and bicycles in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The company has always indicated that big changes will come because the automotive industry is growing. In 1907, the company was changed and the Lycoming Foundry and Machine Company was established. Lycoming developed and built car engines until the end of the Great World War. The owners of the company, inspired by the transatlantic flight of Charles Lindberg, from 1929 Lycoming began developing aircraft engines. The first Lycoming R-680, a 9-cylinder, 200 hp diesel engine driven by a piston left the assembly line and set a new standard in general aviation. Piston engines are evolving today, and Lycoming is developing advanced technologies.

Cabri G2 Data T-T

General characteristics

Crew: 2 (Removable controls for left seat)

Length: 6.31 m (20 ft 8 in)

Main rotor diameter: 7.2 m (23 ft 7 in)

Width: 1.24 m (4 ft 1 in)

Height: 2.37 m (7 ft 9 in)

Gross weight: 700 kg (1543 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-360-J2A piston engine, 108 kW (145 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed: 185 km/h (115 mph)

Cruising speed: 166 km/h (104 mph)

Range: 700 km (380 Nautical miles)

Endurance: 5.8 hours

Service ceiling: 3963 m (13,000 ft)

 

Written by Karol Placha Hetman



Krakow September 21, 2018

322b Section October 28, 2013

Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G2

Poland

List

On October 28, 2013, the Academic Aviation Training Center (AOSzL), operating at the Military Academy of Air Force (WSOSP) in Dęblin, received 2 new helicopters Cabri G2, and in 2014 ordered an additional three helicopters of this type.

 

Written by Karol Placha Hetman