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Eurocopter EC120 B Colibri
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D-HMKI Eurocopter EC120 B Colibri c/n 1190 - MLX - "Circuit van Drenthe" in Assen, Holland - 31 August 2007 Eurocopter EC120 B productionlist

The Eurocopter EC120 B Colibri is a 5-seat light utility helicopter powered by a single Turbomeca Arrius 2F turbine engine. The EC120 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 EC-120 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. On 11 June 2004, CATIC, HAI and Eurocopter signed a contract to set up an second assembly line to manufacture the EC120 helicopter in Harbin, China. The EC120 built by HAI - Harbin Aviation Industries Co., Ltd. (Hafei Aviation), part of AviChina Industry & Technology Company Ltd., is known as HC120. The HC120 is destined for the Chinese domestic market as well as the army's pilot training. Until 2009, Eurocopter has built more than 600 EC120 B helicopters.

The 2001-built Eurocopter EC120 B c/n 1190 was registered first with the Eurocopter France test registration F-WQDI. The Colibri was registered D-HMKI in Germany in 2001. The D-HMKI is operated since by private owners. On 31 August 2007, Colibri D-HMKI was noted during the first track-day for the Champ Car Grand Prix at the "Circuit van Drenthe" near Assen in the Netherlands.

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