Guimbal Cabri G2

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Cabri G2
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Cabri G2
Role Light helicopter
National origin France
Manufacturer Hélicoptères Guimbal
Designer Bruno Guimbal
First flight 31 March 2005
Status In Production
Number built 98
Cabri G2 Fenestron tail rotor

The Guimbal Cabri G2 is a two-seat light piston-engined helicopter designed by Bruno Guimbal, a former Eurocopter engineer.

Design and development[edit]

The Cabri G2 is a two-seat light helicopter with a three-bladed fully articulated main rotor and a Fenestron-type tail rotor. It has a skid landing gear and side-by-side seating for a pilot and passenger. Powered by a 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360 piston engine derated to 145 hp (108 kW),[1] it first flew in March 2005. Its development was preceded by a prototype Cabri G2-01, which flew for the first time in April 1992.

In 2006, the Cabri G2 set three world records in the sub-500 kg helicopter class. Altitude without a payload 6,658 m (21,844 ft); time to climb to a height of 3000 m (9840 ft) in 6 min 42 secs, and time to climb to a height of 6000 m (19680 ft) in 22 min 6 sec.

It was awarded an EASA Type Certificate in December 2007. The first production aircraft was delivered at the end of 2008 to Ixair (France). Two helicopters have been ordered by Eurocopter for basic training, the first of which was delivered in December 2009. The company has also signed a deal with Eurocopter to develop an unmanned variant.[2]

The G2 was US-certified in February 2015. Guimbal produced 28 G2's in 2014.[3]


Data from EASA Type Certificate Data Sheet[4]

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)


  • 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)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


  1. ^ Aviation International (April 2006). "Hélicoptères Guimbal (In French)" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-11-21. 
  2. ^ Records are tumbled by Cabri G2
  3. ^ Johnson, Oliver (2015). "A splash in North America". Vertical Magazine, Heli-Expo news. p. 44. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  4. ^ EASA Type Certificate Data Sheet

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