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Eurocopter AS355

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Overview

The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) AS355 Twin Squirrel is a light utility helicopter, a twin version of the AS350, developed and originally manufactured by Aérospatiale in France. Aérospatiale had identified a need for a civil-oriented rotorcraft, and the economic and cost effective design used a rolled sheet structure with a Starflex main rotor. The tailbone and central fuselage is of light metal and thermoformed plastics are used within the cabin.

The maiden flight of the first prototype took place on 28 September, 1979 and it entered service shortly afterwards.

The initial production version was the AS355 E, with single hydraulics and powered by two Allison 250-C20F turboshaft engines. The improved AS355F came with dual hydraulics, new rotor blades of wider chord and increased maximum weight of 2,300 kg. It was superseded by the AS355 F1 in January 1984 and the AS355F2, certified on 10 December, 1985. Both had increased maximum weights.

Deliveries of the AS355N version, powered by two FADEC-controlled Turbomeca (later Safran) Arrius 1A engines, began in early 1992. It had been certified in France in 1989, and in the UK and US in 1992. Then in 2007 came the AS355NP, with a new AS350B3-based main gearbox that increased MTOW to 2,800 kg.

Overseas production of the type saw Brazil-based manufacturer Helibras licence-assemble the AS355 from kits shipped from Eurocopter’s main production line in Marignane, France.

Production was discontinued during 2016 and the final delivery took place during the second quarter of 2017.

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Variant types
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Aerospatiale AS355NP ●● ●● ●●●●●●●●● ●●●●●●● ●●●●●●●●●●

 

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News from Business Air News
AS355 FastFin certification advanced by Skywork and BLR
March 21, 2022
Skywork is helping to certify the BLR FastFin on the AS355 by the end of 2Q22. It should give operators similar performance benefits as it does to the AS350, with improvements to stability, especially in hover-hold.
GB Helicopters co-ordinates celebrity Twin Squirrels
December 27, 2020
Flown by Will Banks with camera operator Mike Parker, the GB Helicopters team directed a formation of AS355s as they captured all the required shots for the opening episode of TV's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here.
Genesys says AS350 operators will be tempted by EFIS
November 22, 2020
The large-format, 10.4 in or 26.4 cm IDU-680 and smaller form, 6.4 in or 16.25 cm screen diagonal, IDU-450 can integrate with radios such as the Genesys digital radio, traffic systems and datalink weather.
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