AS355 NP Ecureuil  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): May 2007
Total Production: 21
Also Known As: Ecureuil 2 and TwinStar
Origin: France
Corporations: Airbus Helicopters
Parent System: AS 350
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): April 1978
Maiden Flight: 27 June 1974
Total Production: 4,331
Family Members: AS350 Ecureuil, AS355 Ecureuil, AS550 Fennec, AS555 Fennec, AS555 SN Fennec, EC130, H125, H125M and H130
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Description: The Fennec/Ecureuil is a family of multi-role helicopters featuring design simplicity, reliability and high performance. The aircraft was developed in the 1970s by Aerospatiale, thereafter Eurocopter and now Airbus Helicopters, as a replacement for the Allouette II. These lightweight helicopters are intended for both commercial and military markets. Fennec designation applies to military helicopters and Ecureuil, which means 'Squirrel' in English, applies to commercial helicopters. These platforms can be powered either by a single turboshaft engine or by two engines (AS 350/550 and AS 355/555 series). Composite materials have been used extensively in the aircraft design making it more durable and lighter. There are many variants of Fennec/Ecureuil helicopter family primarily due to the use of different power plants such as Arriel and Arrius family of engines. The characteristics of Fennec/Ecureuil helicopters also translate into low acquisition costs and low costs of maintenance and operation. Eurocopter has scored a big success through this helicopter family with more than 4,000 aircraft (2,400+ single engine models) sold around the globe so far. First flight was carried out in 1974 and the first delivery in April 1978.

The AS 355NP high performance multi-mission aircraft is a variant of AS 355N helicopter intended as an entry product in the twin-engined rotary-wing aircraft segment. Eurocopter announced the development of the AS 355NP model in February 2006 with an in service date planned for April 2007. This new model features the ability to take-off at maximum gross weight in various climatic conditions. Performance operating on a single engine and payload are expected to be improved compared with early AS 355 models. Maintenance costs will be lowered while flight safety will be increased on the AS 355NP fitted with two Turbomeca Arrius 1A1 engines. The AS355NP helicopter was awarded EASA certification on February 15, 2007.

AS355 NP Ecureuil Specifications

Crew: 1
Main Rotor Blades: 3
Number of Engines: 2
Passengers: 6
Height: 3.02 meter (119 inch)
Length: 10.9 meter (430 inch)
Main Rotor Diameter: 10.7 meter (421 inch)
Width: 1.85 meter (73 inch)
Ceiling: 6,096 meter (20,000 foot)
Max Range: 428 kilometer (231 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 794 shp (592 kW)
Cruise Speed: 68 mps (244 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 77 mps (150 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 2.90 hour (174 minute)
Empty Weight: 1,437 kilogram (3,168 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 2,800 kilogram (6,173 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AS355 NP Ecureuil News

There are 9 news between
1 Mar 2007 and 16 Oct 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 2018SAF Groupe Orders Six Airbus Light Helicopters
Wednesday, December 17, 2014Spanish National Police Takes Delivery of First EC135 and AS355NP Helicopters
Monday, February 17, 2014Spain's Traffic Department Orders Four AS355NP and Three EC135 Helicopters
Tuesday, August 16, 2011Eurocopter Begins the Deliveries of 20 Ecureuil Helicopters Ordered by UTair Aviation
Tuesday, September 28, 2010UTair Aviation Orders 20 AS350B3/AS355NP Helicopters
Friday, February 5, 2010Vinacopter Orders Two AS350B3, One AS355NP and One EC135 Helicopters
Thursday, July 17, 2008Eurocopter Announces Sale of 500th Helicopter in Canada
Tuesday, January 8, 2008Spanish Government Purchases Eleven Helicopters from Eurocopter
Thursday, March 1, 2007Eurocopter AS355NP Helicopter Awarded EASA Certification

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft ordered by SAF Groupe (3)
Aircraft ordered by Sabah Air Aviation (1)
Aircraft ordered by UTAir (7)
Aircraft ordered by DGT (8); Grupo INAER (1)
Aircraft ordered by Vinacopter (1 AS355NP)

Grand Total 216
Propulsion Systems
Arrius 1A1x2
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