Recorded: 10 October 2017
Helicopteres Guimbal was founded as an independent company in order to develop and manufacture the Cabri G2 as a modern, certified helicopter. The goal was to bring new technologies to the personal and training market.
The development and certification of the Cabri G2 took 6 years with a team of 8 engineers. The main efforts and innovations were dedicated to the safety: anticrash structure and fuel system, high-inertia, fully composite main rotor, low-maintenance Fenestron, advanced vehicle monitoring computer.
Today the Cabri G2 has been produced to 210 copies, sold in 28 countries. The fleet has more than 13.000 flight hours, with unprecedented safety records, including zero injury.
About the Speaker:
Bruno Guimbal, President, Guimbal Helicoptérès
Bruno was born in 1959 in a family of engineers with no aviation background. He graduated as a mechanical engineer while starting in aviation by building a two-seat airplane. He decided to work in helicopters because of his old passion for mechanical engineering and machine tools, and new attraction for aviation.
He spent 18 years with Eurocopter as a design engineer. His main involvements were in rotor head design, such as the new tail rotor for the Super-Puma family, the different Fenestron, and the latest five-bladed rotor for the Dauphin family.
He was in the EC 120 development team, in charge of rotors and transmission. He established 18 patents on rotor design, two of them giving way to an award.
He developed the proof-of-concept Cabri as a personal project, and when a real development with certification became an option, he resigned from Eurocopter to found Helicopteres Guimbal, in 2000.