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Guimbal G2

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

The G2 is a very recent helicopter that took its first flight on 31st March 2005 and about 60+ units have been built since then.

It has a skid landing gear and side-by-side seating for a pilot and passenger. Powered by a 180 hp piston engine derated to 145 hp.The Cabri G2 is a two-seater light helicopter with a three-bladed fully articulated main rotor and a Fenestron-type tail rotor.

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.

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


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)