The Airbus H130 is a single engine light helicopter which seats one pilot and up to seven passengers. This modern helicopter, one of the most popular single engine helicopters in the world, started flying tours at Niagara Helicopters in June 2015.
Its composite main rotor blades and enclosed tail rotor are driven by the powerful Turbomeca Arriel 2D turboshaft engine. This engine produces over 950 shaft horsepower and is capable of lifting over 5500 pounds cruises at speeds over 200 kilometres per hour. The engine is governed by a dual channel FADEC (Full Automatic Digital Engine Control), with an additional independent backup system.
The instrument panel was designed with ease of use in mind. The Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD) allows the pilot to monitor helicopter systems and power requirements at a glance, thus reducing pilot workload.
Upon boarding, passengers will notice a spacious cabin, comfortable theater-style seating, and large windows offering panoramic views. On board air conditioning keeps the cabin comfortable in all seasons, and a vibration control system ensures a smooth ride.
The Airbus H130 is also the quietest helicopter on the market in its category, due in a large part to its enclosed tail rotor (or fenestron) and automatic variable pitch main rotor.