Products > H130 (formerly known as EC130) Overview
From major tourist destinations to the airspace over cities across America, the H130 is in widespread use with sightseeing services, shuttle and charter operators, as well as other customers.
The H130 incorporates a Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine that provides 10 percent more average power with lower specific fuel consumption. The H130 also includes an active vibration control system; air ventilation, distribution and demisting systems; a cabin interior structure with a full flat floor; a cockpit design for enhanced man-machine interface; energy-absorbing seats that improve weight and balance for passenger loading; integration of a crash resistant fuel tank; and easy maintenance accessibility for electrical and air conditioning systems.
Airbus Helicopters, Inc. customers that operate the H130 include Maverick Helicopters, Papillon Helicopters and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.
All H130s benefit from Airbus Helicopters’ reliable Starflex main rotor and Fenestron® tail rotor, which contribute to the helicopter’s excellent performance and low noise levels. The cabin is extremely roomy and comfortable for a rotorcraft in the light single-engine category, while a fast cruise speed takes the H130 to its destination quickly and efficiently.
These features have made the H130 a leader in the helicopter tourism sector.
Maverick Helicopters – which offers rotary-wing tours of the Las Vegas Strip and the Grand Canyon, as well as corporate transport and charter wedding flights – is the world’s largest single user of H130s, logging well over 60,000 hours on the type. With an external noise level of 8.5 dB below ICAO limits and 0.5 dB under below the Grand Canyon National Park Standard (the world’s strictest noise rule), the H130 is one of the few helicopters quiet enough to serve the Grand Canyon region, which is a major part of the company’s business.
Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters is another large H130 fleet operator, being able to service the South and West Rims of this American landmark thanks to the H130’s low noise levels, with the helicopter’s seven forward-facing theater-style passenger seats giving tourists an unmatched view.
H130 launch customer Blue Hawaiian is Hawaii’s largest helicopter tour company, and has dubbed its fleet of H130s the “ECO-Stars” because of its favorable environmental footprint. The operator has logged 10,000 flight hours on several of its aircraft.