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Old 26th Jan 2011, 16:39
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CentralS - That there's some bloody impressive close-formation flying!

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Old 26th Jan 2011, 18:22
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Great news, Zodiac "rules" , now G2 is ready for my islands
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Old 26th Jan 2011, 23:34
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with air!

Air con I note also on their website, that's pretty impressive for a 4 pot motor.
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Old 27th Jan 2011, 14:18
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Cracking pictures
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Old 15th Feb 2011, 11:42
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I wonder if this great looking machine is going to be at the Australian Avalon Airshow in March 2011??

Also, so now it has flown overseas, and I see it in a hangar above with a H300 & R44, how does it compare in prices of running and operating costs compared to these machines. Anyone got any good figures to quote? Maybe just one or two?
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Runing numbers are much better
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Old 15th Feb 2011, 15:41
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I wonder if this great looking machine is going to be at the Australian Avalon Airshow in March 2011??
No, they won't. The Cabri are now on the container-ship between Europe and Sydney. It's a 40-day trip.

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Old 15th Feb 2011, 18:12
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Overall cost of ownership of the Cabri will be good. Yes, I know the list price is more than the R22 but consider if you will;

1) No 12 year rebuild, regardless of hours actually flown

2) No airframe corrosion, it's all composite

3) No fatigue life limited components

The experience of ownership will be good too;

1)The cabin is the same width as the R44 and it comes with leather seats and a good equipment fit as standard.

2) 45 US gall/170litre tank giving 4.5 hour endurance

3) Proper baggage compartment, 200 litre capacity will take two airline size carry on cases

4) Low flyover noise from Fenestron tail rotor and vertical exhaust.

5) Superior autorotation characteristics - better even than some turbine helicopters let alone 2 seat pistons

6) Very smooth flight from fully articulated rotor

The biggest selling point that Bruno Guimbal points out is the Cabri's safety. It is tested to 31g vertical load which in practice means that you are likely to survive a 2,000 ft/min impact. Just as a car designed in the 1970s would not meet current safety standards so it is with helicopters.

BTW, if you are wondering how I came across some previously unpublished information I have written about my factory visit and flight in the Cabri in the next edition of Rotor Torque.
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Old 15th Feb 2011, 19:50
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all facts well known to me, but I am secret Cabri G2 fan
Airframe is actually crash tested, approx year ago in Germany,
both pilots just walk away
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Old 24th May 2011, 13:00
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Looking at this website The All New Cabri G2 | Helicopter Wise - An online Helicopter Magazine cabri is very expensive to run?

It's based on quite a lot of assumptions, thus being unrealistic to some extent. Is there any side-by-side comparison of actual hourly cost compared to Schweizer or robinson 22?
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Old 25th May 2011, 10:51
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"2) No airframe corrosion, it's all composite?"
Corrosion no but with the tail section & TR queries on other composite helicopter structures, other problems may be as big or bigger problem, this still has to be backed up with hours flown, + the French connection (EC like) response times.
A friend enquired18 months ago, still has had no response
Lots of good points, think it is the way forward, but Co needs to sharpen up on customer service as that also reflects on owners perception of maintenance issues, times.

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Old 25th May 2011, 11:01
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UK insurance is astronomic about 19k for 250k hull value thats 50% more than a 500 with 5 seats and 50% more hull value or I can insure 2 x 300's for less and still ahve change
The underwriters do not like the composite as unknown cost to repair and no history of machine
I agree machine of future but not sure cheaper to run than a 300. Fuel about the same currently 300's use 43 litres an hour for all training G2 is claimed 41 litres insurance is 2.5 times greater !
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Old 26th May 2011, 10:53
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Going to the factory shortly and can't wait to see for myselve.

I find the composite debate unfair though. Yes there has been composite failures recently but to my knowledge restricted to a manufacturer? As pointed out and if one wants to draw a link the Cabri tends to the EC's which have been using composites for a while without issue structural and non-structural?

If I am not mistaken then this means the problem is not so much with composites but a process used?

As said, I will see for myselve shortly.
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Old 26th May 2011, 17:36
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I tend to agree with you regarding composite but it could be flagged as a problem by insurance companies.
The repair facilities are fewer than for existing structures, (higher cost?) impact damage could be spread over larger areas, the requirement for in-depth repair facility's will be very high, & as you say one leading manufacturer probably has a issue, hope the repair shops can keep materials, environment & skill levels high enough to ensure a satisfactory outcome.
As I say, like the look & specification lots of good things in the mix, especially the crash data, Not that we want to find out first hand.
Hope to visit factory if things stack up missed a visit a few weeks ago.
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Old 28th May 2011, 17:16
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This can't be... nor real life flight hour price comparison???
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Old 7th Jun 2011, 22:47
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UK dealer has been appointed by Guimbal
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Old 8th Jun 2011, 09:00
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Who is it?

Strike that - I found Cotswold Helicopters
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Old 8th Jun 2011, 20:30
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Guimbal appoints UK dealer for Cabri | Helihub - the Helicopter Industry Data Source

Interesting that it describes the UK as "Europe's biggest civil helicopter market".
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Old 8th Jun 2011, 20:56
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The other markets are very uncivil!
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Old 11th Jun 2011, 17:06
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When you guys speak about factory visits, how did you get invited? Interest in the G2 and known to be a real buyer? Or do you work for the media?
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