Helicopteres Guimbal Cabri G2. 2013r. - History

Published on: 2018-09-21
Updated on: 2019-09-19
Category: Helicopters
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Krakow September 21, 2018

322b Section October 28, 2013

Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G2




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