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Helicopteres Guimbal delivers first production Cabri G2

19th September 2008 - 00:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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On Friday 19th of September, the first serial production CABRI G2 helicopter was delivered to its launching customer iXAir, a major french operator.

It was an opportunity for Hélicoptères Guimbal, to inaugurate its 2000 sqm new facility, recently set up in the Aix Les Milles airfield.

More than 400 guest people – customers, sub-contractors, suppliers, institutional investors, operators and friends from neighbour Eurocopter, attended the ceremony.

Olivier Gensse, CABRI program test pilot, led a great flight display with Pierre Elizabé, iXAir Chief instructor.

Two CABRI were displayed in an air ballet, followed by three aircraft with the iXAir livery: an EC 120 and an EC 135 welcoming their “little brother”, the CABRI G2.

Eventually, iXAir President Hervé Arditty, was presented the aircraft keys, and Airworthiness certificate, newly signed by the French Authorities, by Bruno Guimbal, the Hélicoptères Guimbal President.

The latter, presenting the CABRI’s remote door-lock – a world first in aviation – put emphasis on the perfect and very fruitful cooperation, between his company and iXAir, which introduces the first CABRI G2 into operation.

Bruno Guimbal, pointed out with sorrow, that the same week his company reached the aircraft manufacturer status, the last French light airplanes manufacturer, Apex, was liquidated by the court.

The iXAir President, as for him, expressed his enthusiasm for the CABRI advances in the field of safety, which has lead his decision.

IXAir, which ordered 10 CABRI G2, brings into service the first one on its Toussus-le-noble base, mainly for training missions.

Up to today, 15 aircraft CABRI G2 are on firm order, by five operators, the last one being Eurocopter. Dozens of requests have been expressed from all over the world. The equipped acquisition price for the CABRI is 250.000 Euros.

The next two helicopters are being manufactured, with delivery to iXAir scheduled for the end of the year to iXAir.

Hélicoptères Guimbal has planned its production ramp-up, reaching one aircraft per month by mid-2009, to double in 2010.

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