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Helicopters have four flight controls: Collective throttle cyclic and antitorque or tail rotor pedals. The collective control is the stick of lever that the pilot moves with his left hand. This changes the pitch or angle of all the blades at exact amounts or collectively. The Throttle works with the collective because as you move the collective up power from the throttle must keep the rotor rpm from decreasing and as the pilot moves the collective down the throttle must decrease in rpms. The Cyclic is held in the right hand while flying and when hovering moves the helicopter forward and backward and sideways. The cyclic is used to bank into turns and is used to climb to descend and to adjust the airspeed. The tail rotor pedals called the antitorque pedals. These pedals lessen the torque that the main rotors pump out.

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The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicoters) EC120 Colibri (English: hummingbird) is a 5-seat single-engine single main rotor light helicopter. Jointly designed and developed by Eurocopter China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC) Harbin Aviation Industries (Group) Ltd (HAI) and Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (STAero) at Eurocopter France's Marignane facility the EC120 B is assembled by Eurocopter in France and Australia. In China the aircraft is produced by Harbin as the HC120. Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (HAMC) started manufacturing HC-120 in 2004 the assembly line in this northern China city is the only HC-120 line outside of France. Chinese PLA Army and local police forces purchase HC-120 helicopters.