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HAI HC120 - c/n 8001 and beyond

The Airbus Helicopters EC120 B Colibri is a 5-seat light utility helicopter powered by a single Turbomeca Arrius 2F turbine engine. The EC 120 B Colibri, also known as Hummingbird, was developed with simplicity of design and low costs of maintenance in mind. It makes extensive use of composite materials and modern avionics. The new generation of fenestron tail rotor takes part in the decrease in external noise level, which makes the EC120 B ideal for missions near settled areas. The project started in 1990 when Aerospatiale of France, CATIC of China and Singapore Aerospace agreed in forming a partnership to develop a new light helicopter, then designated P-120L. Definition phase of the original P120L was subsequently redesigned with 500 kg lower gross weight and new engine and rotor. The helicopter divisions of Aerospatiale from France and MBB from Germany merged in January 1992 to form the Eurocopter Group. In October 1992, development of the new helicopter started and in January 1993, Eurocopter designation EC 120 was given to the helicopter. Mid-1993, the design definition was completed and assembly of first of two prototypes began at Eurocopter France at Marignane in early 1995. Eurocopter EC120 prototype F-WWPA c/n 1 flew first on 9 June 1995. The second prototype (F-WWPD c/n 2) was flown 17 July 1996. Certification to JAR 27 was achieved on 16 June 1997. Production of the EC 120 began on a small scale in 1997 at Eurocopter France's Marignane facility, with the first production Colibri (F-WWPL c/n 1005) flying on 5 December 1997. The airframes are made in China and the final assembly line of the EC120 is at the Eurocopter Marignane factory in France. Next to the final assembly of the EC120 in France, a number of helicopters were assembled in Australia and Brazil. In 2006, Regourd Aviation in France obtained EASA certification for the modified EC120 "Voyager", an EC120 with auto-pilot, glass cockpit & integrated avionics. The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator is EC20 for both the EC120 and HC120. Until 2017, more than 700 EC120 B helicopters have been delivered to 55 countries. Since March 2015, Airbus Helicopters uses “H120” as marketing designation for EC120 B helicopters.

As a result of the merger between the Eurocopter parents Aérospatiale-Matra; DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA) and Construcciones Aeronàuticas Sociedad Anonima (CASA) in July 2000, the Eurocopter group became a division of the new formed EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space company). Taking off into 2014, EADS was rebranded as "Airbus Group". Uniting all its activities under a single brand, its helicopter division Eurocopter was rebranded as Airbus Helicopters on 8 January 2014.

On 11 June 2004, a contract was signed to set up a second assembly line in Harbin, China, to manufacture the EC120 helicopter. The Chinese EC 120, built by HAI - Harbin Aviation Industries Co., Ltd. (Hafei Aviation), part of AviChina Industry & Technology Company Ltd., is designated HC120 for the Chinese domestic market as well as the army's pilot training. China ordered 150 HC120 helicopters for the Army Aviation Unit (AAU). The assembly line in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjian Province, is capable of producing 20 HC-120 helicopters a year.

In the absence of data it is not possible to produce a reliable list of the HC120 helicopters built by HAI - Harbin Aviation Industries Co., Ltd. (Hafei Aviation). The following list is only intended to give an idea of the use of the construction numbers on the Chinese production line.
c/n Model registration registered cancelled remarks photo
8001 HC120 LH-90841 2005    People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8002 HC120 LH-90842 2005    People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8003 HC120 LH-90843 2005    People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8004 HC120 LH-90844 2006    People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8005 HC120 LH-90845 2006    People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8006 HC120 LH-90846 2006    People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8007 HC120 LH-90847 2006    People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8008 HC120 LH-90848 2006    People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8009 HC120 LH-90849      People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8010 HC120 LH-90850      People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8011 HC120 LH-90851      People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8012 HC120 LH-90852      People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8013 HC120 LH-90853      People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8014 HC120 LH-90854      People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8015 HC120 LH-90855      People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8016 HC120 LH-90856      People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8017 HC120 LH-90857      People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation Corps.  
8018 HC120          
8019 HC120          
abbrivations - registered: P (permit to fly issued), R (reservation), T (temporary registered) 
abbrivations - remarks: dd (delivery date), lsf (leased from), ntu (not taken up), wfu (withdrawn from use), DBF (destroyed by fire), DBR (damaged beyond repair), cx (cancelled), CofA (Certificate of Airworthiness)
Airbus Helicopters EC120 B c/n 01 - 1050  1051 - 1100  1101 - 1150  1151 - 1200  1201 - 1250  1251 - 1300  1301 - 1350  1351 - 1400  1401 - 1500  1501 - 1600  1601 - 1700
HAI HC120 productionlist
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page last updated 02-01-2017
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