great machine to fly, however like all they have their foibels. Main one is the fenestron in a very large fin. Makes spot turns interesting in a strong wind. If you are taking 5 in one you really need a stretched one and preferably a 342 with the bigger engine. They are fuel thirsty, arond 35 to 40 gallons an hour depending on which engine it has.
Insurance companies dont like them as quite a few have gone down, all pilot error, it is loke the 500 the true ferrari of the helicopter world !
Expect to sfh one for about £ 600 an hour.
Best going to MW helicopters at Stapleford or contact Al Gwilt as he is mustard in one.
Have fun with them I still enjoy 25 years later getting in one ( fly one based in Devon reasonable regularly )
Joined: Feb 14, 2008 Posts: 888 Location: Stavanger, Norway
Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:26 pm Post subject:
I loved the EC120, nice pilot friendly cockpit and simple to fly. As 500 said, you have to be careful with the fenestom, but it is a little more forgiving then the Gazelle. 80-85kg fuel per hour around 120kts. Pain in the behind to get spares from Eurocopter.
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