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Air Zermatt Takes Delivery of Airbus Helicopter H130

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Airbus Helicoptersí multi-role H130 rotorcraft will soon accomplish additional duties as the first aerial work-configured member of this lightweight single-engine rotorcraft family has been delivered to Air Zermatt.

Equipped with a new cargo sling, the H130 version can perform a full range of aerial work assignments, while also supporting the Swiss operatorís other missions Ė including passenger transport and emergency medical airlift services.

ďWe look forward to the service introduction of our H130, which brings a modern, high-performance helicopter to our fleet that also meets the latest safety standards,Ē said Air Zermatt CEO Gerold Biner.

The H130ís new cargo sling system has a hook capacity of 1,500 kg. When its load is released, the hook automatically transitions to a forward position, which allows maintaining the necessary fuel tank crashworthiness.

ďAir Zermatt is a worldwide reference for aerial work operations, and we are proud it has selected the H130 to further develop this activity,Ē said Thomas Hein, Airbus Helicopters' Vice President Ė Head of Western Europe.

The H130 is an enhanced version of Airbus Helicoptersí EC130 B4 rotorcraft. In addition to aerial work and heavy-lift operations in a full range of operating conditions - especially high-altitude, mountainous terrain,  it is also tailored for passenger transportation, sightseeing and VIP duties, as well as medical airlift, law enforcement and surveillance missions.

Featuring an upgraded gearbox and a new Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine, the H130 provides 10% more average power than the previous EC130 B4 version. Performance improvements for the H130 include a higher maximum gross takeoff weight (2,500 kg. for internal loads, and 3,050 kg. when carrying external loads) and a speed increase of up to 10 knots.

The H130 has a cabin for one pilot and up to seven passengers, depending on the configuration.

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