Guimbal Cabri G2

The Cabri G2 is a next-generation two-seater training helicopter bringing us huge advances in technology and safety. Its three-bladed articulated head negates low G and the Fenestron tail rotor offers improved safety. Manoeuvrability and stability are combined with the challenge of learning to fly a light helicopter.

Flight tested and certified in conditions far exceeding those of existing piston engines helicopters, the Cabri G2 can be flown safely in a wide flight envelope, so far reserved to the best turbine helicopters. Because safety must be the helicopter pilot’s primary concern, Guimbal’s target when designing and testing the Cabri was to achieve a level of active and passive safety that was previously unknown in this category.

Five years of rigorous ground and flight testing, conducted under the scrutiny of EASA and DGAC engineers, ensure no compromises were made with regard to safety. The Cabri main rotor was designed with training in mind, to facilitate safe and efficient autorotation. Its composite blades have very high inertia. They ensure that the helicopter has an autorotation ability which exceeds by 50% the minimum US Army requirement, and is twice that of some popular training helicopters. This ability, together with a very large range of rotor RPM, make rotor speed control easy and safe in autorotation.

The Cabri is also the only piston helicopter designed from scratch with occupant protection in mind. For vertical impacts, an innovative central structure and seats design was developed and tested. It was shown during the certified crash testing programme, that the occupants could survive a 2000 ft/min crash, equivalent to a 5-m free fall.

This equated to between 8 and 15 times more energy absorption than competitor designs. The Cabri’s fuel cell and circuit utilise combat helicopters and Formula 1 technology. The fuel cell is constructed from a dual-structure with a thick, tear-proof fuel bladder and reinforced fittings. The Cabri provides you with a level of safety that was previously the reserve of the military and a few very expensive turbine helicopters.