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EC120 Helicopter Colibri (Hummingbird)

EC120 Helicopter Colibri (Hummingbird)

On December 6, 2010, the Service publicly unveiled the EC120 helicopter, delivered by AIrbus Helicopters. The EC120 is a Canadian law enforcement air support favourite and has become a benchmark for police operations.

The five-seat, 1.6-ton single-engine EC120 has the latest generation technologies, featuring high maneuverability, excellent visibility, a large cockpit and a low noise signature. The EC120 features a quiet main rotor system with all composite blades and a shrouded Fenestron tail rotor which is very reliable, safe and quiet. Flying over at 1,000 ft, the EC120 has a perceived noise of 68 dB, which means it is difficult to detect. It’s the quietest helicopter in its class, and its engine emissions have low levels of pollutants.

The helicopter provides versatile aerial support to police units on the ground. The EC120 is crewed with a pilot and Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) who is responsible for determining the use of the helicopter and controls its hi-tech systems.

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Last update: February 25, 2014

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