In the world of helicopter training things don’t change often. The Robinson R22 was introduced to the world in 1979 and has been the standard-bearer ever since. Now a newcomer from France is seeking to fill in the “never Robinson” gap that used to be dominated by the Sikorsky S-300. The Guimbal Cabri G2 takes big-helicopter dynamics and brings them down into a training machine.
The Cabri G2 has a three-blade, fully articulated semirigid main rotor, and a Fenestron tail rotor. It also has a separate baggage compartment, remote locking system, and a unique digital engine management system.
Because of its impressive and relatively safe autorotation characteristics and maneuverability, the G2 has gained a solid worldwide presence. More than 30 helicopters are now in the United States. The helicopter feels bigger than it is and has fewer life-limited components than the Robinson, which some flight schools like.
See how the Guimbal Cabri G2 measures up:
How much: At the time of writing no used aircraft were available in the United States. Base price new from the factory is approximately $366,000.
Buy it: If you’re in the “never Robinson” club and want a modern machine.
Skip it: If the high acquisition price doesn’t appeal or you want a helicopter today.