|Cabri G2 in flight.|
French manufacturer Helicopteres Guimbal has unveiled numbers on the cost of a Cabri G2 overhaul. The first examples of the two-seater were overhauled last summer at the Guimbal factory in Aix-en-Provence, after 2,200 flight hours.
For each of the two 2010 Cabris operated by Jonkoping, Sweden-based flying school Northern Helicopters, the downtime was six weeks, according to the airframer. “In 2,200 flight hours, each of these Cabris generated revenues in the amount of about three times its selling price,” founder and CEO Bruno Guimbal said. Then, the overhaul cost 25 percent of this price, he went on.
A Cabri G2, in its baseline version, today sells for €293,000 (around $395,000). By contrast, a Robinson R22 sells for $276,000. But an R22 overhaul costs twice that of a Cabri, according to Guimbal.
“Thanks to its reduced maintenance needs, infinite fatigue life for all components (including the main rotor and the composite airframe) and absence of hard-time limits, the Cabri G2 is proving it is the most cost-efficient training helicopter on the market,” Guimbal asserted.
The EASA recently granted the company a Part 145 approval for maintenance and overhaul of the helicopter and its systems. Over 50 Cabri G2s are flying in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Helicopteres Guimbal now has 36 employees.