infobox Aircraft |image = EC130.jpg |name = Eurocopter EC130 B4 |type = Civilian helicopter |fdm = YASim |authors = Heiko Schulz<br/>Melchior Franz (Nasal)<br/>Michael Habarta (Model details, Animations)<br/>FlightGear Community |fgname = ec130 |status-fdm = 4 |status-systems = 4 |status-cockpit = 4 |status-model = 5 |download =http:/ /www.flightgear.org/download/aircraft-v2-12/ |development =https://gitorious.org/ec130}}This is a model of a '''Eurocopter EC130 B4''', a single engine light [[helicopter]] based and developed from the [[Ecureuil AS 350 Helicopter|AS350]]'s.
Indeed “EC130 B4” is just a marketing name by [[Eurocopter]], the real name is still AS350 B4. It is a widebody variant of the AS350 B3 with a completely new designed passenger cabin and fuselage, and equipped with a fan tail (fenestron) instead of the conventional two-blade tailrotor. With this the EC130 B4 is much less noisier than other helicopters of this class.
The helicopter was designed especially for tours, so it features a great visibility, a left-seated pilot and plenty of space inside. The EC130 B4 is also used by the police in Long Beach/CA and by several medical services.
model was built using very detailed drawings, the Pilots Flight Manual and pilot reports.
(Checklists new in Git version)
== Features ==
This model is
a try and a WIP to get a realistic and complete simulation of a helicopter.
By using [[Nasal]]-scripting nearly all main systems have been simulated to a degree which wasn't available at this time on [[FlightGear]]'s helicopters. The [[flight dynamics model]] is custom made and though a lot of values could only be estimated, it should give an good impression on how the real one flies.
Systems and Procedures are based on the real Flight Manual
and as there is no Autostart available the helicopter has to be started and shutdown by using the checklist.
The exterior model is detailed and accurate, using high-resolution textures and the latest [[Howto: Aircraft Reflection Shader|Reflect-Bump-Spec-Shader]].
The mainrotor is detailed and animated including blade-flex-bend.
[[Livery over MP|Livery-over-mp]] including dynamic configurable external stores like skibox, deployable emergency floats, FLIR's etc. which affects CoG, weight and drag.
MedFlight N130NE.jpg|thumb|280px|right|The "new" EMS variant of EC130-B4, as used by MedFlight, Ohio, USA]]
=== Goals ===
* Fully usable cockpit with controls
* Complete startup procedure*
system failures and engine fire
=== Issues ===
see latest version in the [https://gitorious.org/ec130/ec130/source/381894383a2461b137721edfcb1b846edfb1de6a: hangar at gitorious]
<strike>interior with controls not yet ready</ strike> ( available in git version) * three instruments (compass, usable transponder and GNS 430) have not yet been added* bad autorotation behavior at high speed above 110 ktn* <strike>only default sound yet - sound still dependent on EC135</ strike> ( available in git version)* <strike>Rotor Brake Lever doesn't move anymore in FGFS 2.9. 11+. Switch to sliding animation planned.</ strike> ( available in git version)
== Pilot Flight Manual ==
=== Panel Overview ===
[[File:EC130B4Panel wiki.jpg|800px|Panel of the EC130 B4 showing all the instruments]]
=== Limitations ===
'''Type of Operation:'''
'''The following is not allowed:'''
-Aerobatics maneuvers -in flight engine power reduction except for engine failure trainings and other emergency procedure trainings
'''Weight and Balance Limitations'''
3307lbs ( 1500kg)
Maximum weight:........................................................................................5350lbs (2427kg)
430 rpm …...............................................................................maximum rotor rpm power off
<strike>'''Low Rotor rpm aural warning < 360 rpm (not yet implemented)''' </strike> (available in Git version)
<strike>'''High Rotor rpm aural warning > 410 rpm (not yet implemented)''' </strike> (available in Git version)
=== Warning Panel ===
Still uncompleted and especially failures indicated on the panel keeps mostly without any follow-up.
Here some important warnings:
'''ENG P''' lights up: low Oil pressure - check gauge
TWT GRIP''' lights up: twist grip not in flight position- engine idles. Drag mouse up until you get 100% and the light goes off( currently not yet supported on Mac...) New: in Git version Twist Grip on collective is animated
'''MGB P''' lights up: Main gear box oil pressure- check gauge - land as soon as possible '''FUEL''' lights up: low fuel - approx. 15min of flight time remain '''FUEL P''' lights up: fuel pressure- switch on Boost pump == Helpful Usage Hints == Git version has comfortable configuration and help dialogs, new checklists based on pilot handbook and after 15 flights Autostart/Autoshutdown possibility == Updates of Git Version (to be released with FG 3.0) == [[File:EC130 MedFlight N130NE.jpg|thumb|The EMS variant of EC130-B4, used by MedFlight, Ohio, USA]] [[File:EC130 Grand Canyon Helicopters.jpg|thumb|New Livery of Grand Canyon Helicopters]] [[File:EC130 Mainrotor front.png|thumb|Closeup of EC130 Mainrotor, fully animated in all details]] [[File:EC130-B4 MedFlight using SX-16 Nightsun.jpg|thumb|EC130 Helicopter using the SX-16 Nightsun searchlight]] [[File:EC130 Pilot window.jpg|thumb|Even the pilot window can be opened now]] The [[Eurocopter EC130 B4]] helicopter is on short final for a new major upgrade.
The existing model, which already had been of very high quality, has been refined in various aspects with lots of effort by '''mhab'''. The outside model has been enriched to a degree which should justify a '''''5*''''' rating and the overall status of the aircraft improves to "'''''production'''''".
The '''Rotorhead''' has been brought to a new level of detail, a full detailed '''Fenestron''' was added and animations were introduced to all moving parts.
'''Cockpit''' was enriched for Pilot/Copilot controls, seats are textured now and a variable cabin configuration allows to set up an '''Emergency Medical Services (EMS) variant'''
, which comes preconfigured with a new Livery of '''N130NE MedFlight''' (Ohio).
Fans of '''Grand Canyon Helicopters''' now find a livery of the N155GC and the colorful painting in red/gold.
A lot of '''equipment''' (most of which was there already but hidden) can now be used, including a full blown '''SX16-Nightsun searchlight'''.
Extra gimmics include a fully animated pilot, glass reflection on windows and front shield and variable rotor wakes depending on the strength of the downwash.
'''If you can't wait''' for the next release '''[https://gitorious.org/ec130/ check it out from the Git-Hangar]'''
File:EC130 Fenestron.jpg|A closeup of the full detailed fenestron
File:EC130 snowshoes hook.jpg|EC130 fitted with snowshoes and hook
cabin seats.jpg|EC130 Grand Canyon Helicopters cabin and pilots' controls
File:EC130 stretcher.png|EC130 cabin configuration (EMS) with stretcher
File:EC130 luggage door back.jpg|EC130 luggage door
'''Some of the most interesting changes :'''
* '''Mainrotor''' fully animated and adapted to original
* '''Fenestron''' fully designed and animated, incl. control rod
* '''Cockpit Controls''' added: Stick, Collective, Pedals, Co-Pilot Controls (optional)
* '''Doors''' movable
'''Configuration Dialogs and Help Screens :'''
File:EC130 Config.jpg|EC130 fully integrated configuration dialog
File:EC130 Help.jpg|EC130 Help screen with all shortcuts and additional info
File:EC130 Config Help 2.jpg|EC130 Config Help with explanation of dependencies
'''Things on stack for FG 3. 0: ''' * FDM correction- unfortunately important fdm- values had been changed with bad influence on flight behavior. (airfoil, fuselage drag, skid position, CoG.. .) * Rembrandt support- re- enable shaders and bring back light volumes * adjust strength of the light reflection effect ( like do328) * realistic caution sounds according to POH * BUG fixing