Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G2. 2013. English version

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322b Section October 28, 2013

Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G2



The helicopter Cabri G2 mainly for flight training but also for other missions such as aerial video- and photography, air taxi and scenic tours. 

The Cabri G2 is a two-seat light helicopter with a three-bladed fully articulated main rotor and a Fenestron-type tail rotor. As with most French-designed helicopters, the main rotor blades advance to the left.  The rotor blades with composite are damage-tolerant and have no set life span. 

The fuselage features a damage-resistant all-composite construction, reducing weight and maintenance requirements while increasing strength.

The use of the Fenestron has been credited as having made the Cabri noticeably quieter than competing rotorcraft. This solution increases the safety of people at the airport.

The Cabri uses a skid landing gear arrangement; unusually, the skids are attached to the fuselage by elastomeric mounts rather than being directly bolted to fuselage.

The Cabri employs a side-by-side seating arrangement for a pilot and passenger, which is also ideal for training purposes, which is an intended role for the type. Available options include air conditioning, various avionics configurations, moving map display, Global Positioning System display, cargo hook, deployed floatation gear, and several maintenance tooling packages.


The Cabri powered by a single 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360 piston engine, which has been rated to 145 hp (108 kW) max continuous power and 160 hp (119 kW) 5-minute power. The engine incorporates a solid-state electronic ignition system which protects against over-speed upon startup and has greater reliability. The engine speed is regulated electronically.

Lycoming's history began in 1845 as the Demorest Manufacturing Company producing sewing machines and bicycles in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The company has always indicated that big changes will come because the automotive industry is growing. In 1907, the company was changed and the Lycoming Foundry and Machine Company was established. Lycoming developed and built car engines until the end of the Great World War. The owners of the company, inspired by the transatlantic flight of Charles Lindberg, from 1929 Lycoming began developing aircraft engines. The first Lycoming R-680, a 9-cylinder, 200 hp diesel engine driven by a piston left the assembly line and set a new standard in general aviation. Piston engines are evolving today, and Lycoming is developing advanced technologies.

Cabri G2 Data T-T

General characteristics

Crew: 2 (Removable controls for left seat)

Length: 6.31 m (20 ft 8 in)

Main rotor diameter: 7.2 m (23 ft 7 in)

Width: 1.24 m (4 ft 1 in)

Height: 2.37 m (7 ft 9 in)

Gross weight: 700 kg (1543 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-360-J2A piston engine, 108 kW (145 hp)


Maximum speed: 185 km/h (115 mph)

Cruising speed: 166 km/h (104 mph)

Range: 700 km (380 Nautical miles)

Endurance: 5.8 hours

Service ceiling: 3963 m (13,000 ft)


Written by Karol Placha Hetman