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PH-ECJ Eurocopter EC130 B4 Ecureuil c/n 3604 - Heli Holland - "Circuit van Drenthe" near Assen in Holland - 26 June 2010 Heli-Holland helicopters

The Airbus Helicopters EC130 B4 Ecureuil / AStar is a 7-8 seat single engine helicopter, powered by a Turbomeca Arriel 2B1 turbine engine. The EC130 B4 (formerly known as the AS350B4) is essentially a development of the AS350B3 at a higher gross weight, with the following changes: an enlarged cabin and cargo compartment incorporating triple front seats as standard and using EC120 type windows; installation of the “moustache” type skid landing gear off the EC120; and utilising an EC135-type fenestron anti-torque tail rotor system. The Eurocopter EC130 B4 cruises at nearly 230 km per hour. The external noise emission, 8.5dB under the ICAO requirement, is low. The cabin width is 2.03m compared to 1.87m for the AS350 B2 Ecureuil. Thanks to its large access, its spacious cabin and its quiet interior the EC130 B4 is not only suitable for the passenger transport but also as EMS helicopter. Fitted with the appropriate mission equipment, the EC130 B4 can also perform Police and S.A.R. missions. Due to the low external noise emission, the EC130 B4 is in the USA nicknamed 'Eco Star'. In February 2012, Eurocopter introduced the EC130 T2, an upgraded variant of the EC130 featuring the more powerful Turbomeca Arriel 2D turboshaft engine. Improving upon the base model's performance; more than 70% of the EC130 T2's airframe differed from the initial EC130 model, changes to improve passenger conditions such as an active vibration control system and better air conditioning systems were adopted, while fuel consumption is claimed to be reduced by 14 per cent. Since March 2015, Airbus Helicopters uses “H130” as marketing designation for the EC130 T2 helicopter.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the EC130 / H130 helicopters is EC30.

As a result of the merger between the Eurocopter parents Aérospatiale-Matra; DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA) and Construcciones Aeronàuticas Sociedad Anonima (CASA) in July 2000, the Eurocopter group became a division of the new formed EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space company). Taking off into 2014, EADS was rebranded as "Airbus Group". Uniting all its activities under a single brand, its helicopter division Eurocopter was rebranded as Airbus Helicopters on 8 January 2014.

Eurocopter France used the test-registration F-WQDP for the 2002-built Eurocopter EC130 B4 s/n 3604 prior to delivery to Heli-Holland. On 20 February 2003, the Ecureuil was registered PH-ECJ with Heli Holland Holding BV, Emmer-Compascuum, and arrived the same day at the Heli-Holland heliport near the orbital road of Emmen, the Netherlands. On 27 June 2010, Eurocopter EC130 B4 PH-ECJ was substantial damaged in a fatal crash near the Slufter and the Noordzeeboulevard at the Maasvlakte near Rotterdam. Unfortunately four occupants were killed and the fifth severely wounded. On 7 December 2010, registration PH-ECJ was cancelled as destroyed.
On 26 June 2010, the Heli Holland' Eurocopter EC130 B4 PH-ECD was at the Çircuit van Drenthe' near Assen, the Netherlands.

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