Airbus Helicopters’ 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.
a new cargo sling, the H130 version can perform a full range of aerial work assignments,
while also supporting the Swiss operator’s other missions –
including passenger transport and emergency medical airlift
“We 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,” said Air Zermatt CEO Gerold Biner.
The H130’s 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.
Zermatt is a worldwide reference for aerial work operations, and
we are proud it has selected the H130 to further develop this
activity,” said Thomas Hein, Airbus Helicopters' Vice President –
Head of Western Europe.
H130 is an enhanced version of Airbus Helicopters’ 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
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