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Eurocopter EC120 B Colibri

The Eurocopter 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. Until 2014, more than 700 EC120 B helicopters have been delivered to 55 countries.

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.

As a result of the merger between the Eurocopter parents French Aerospatiale-Matra, the German DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA) and the Spanish CASA companies in July 2000, the Eurocopter group became a division of the new formed EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company). Taking off into 2014, the EADS group has been rebranded as "Airbus Group". Uniting all its activities under a single brand, Airbus Group also renamed its helicopter division Eurocopter, that was rebranded Airbus Helicopters on 8 January 2014.

Eurocopter EC120 B productionlist c/n 01 - 1050 / 1051 - 1100 / 1101 - 1150 / 1151 - 1200 / 1201 - 1250 / 1251 - 1300 / 1301 - 1400  / 1401 - 1500 / 1501 - 1600 1601 - 1700
HAI HC120 productionlist
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G-TGGR G-ZWAR G-ZZOE LN-ORE N263CP N555GJ OO-EYP OO-EYP PH-ECD PH-ECD
PH-ECE PH-ECE PH-ECE PH-ECK PH-ECM PH-ECR PH-EVR PH-HED PH-HHL PH-KGJ
PH-LPH PH-LPH PH-RBC   PH-UNN PH-UNN PH-VIS PH-WRW PH-WRW PH-WRW
PH-WRW RA-04042 RA-04114 RA-04115 SX-HVF ZS-RZZ ZS-RZZ SpanAF HE.25-3 SpanAF HE.25-8 SpanAF HE.25-9
 
Eurocopter EC120 B productionlist c/n 01 - 1050 / 1051 - 1100 / 1101 - 1150 / 1151 - 1200 / 1201 - 1250 / 1251 - 1300 / 1301 - 1400  / 1401 - 1500 / 1501 - 1600 1601 - 1700
HAI HC120 productionlist
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