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PH-HHJ SNIAS AS355 F2 Twin Star c/n 5356 - Heli Holland - heliport Emmen in Holland - 7 May 2018 helicopters in Emmen

The Airbus Helicopters AS355 is a twin-engined light utility helicopter that can accommodate up to 7 passengers. Development of the Ecureuil started in the early 70s under the SNIAS (Societe nationale industrielle aérospatiale) banner with the single-engined AS 350. The first flight of an Aérospatiale AS-350 took place on 27 June 1994. A twin-engine version of the AS350, the AS355 Ecureuil 2 flew first on 28 September 1979. The Eucureuil 2 entered production as the AS355 E. Early 1982, the AS355 F with a higher max takeoff weight replaced the AS-355E in production. The AS355 F was followed by the AS355 F1 in January 1984 and AS355 F2 in December 1985. The AS355 N recieved the DCAG-F certification on 13 June 1989 and deliveries of this model started in 1992. The AS355 N is fitted with two Turbomeca Arrius 1A engines and a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system for better M.T.O.W and better single engine performance. The AS355 NP Ecureuil recieved the EASA certification on 15 February 2007. The AS355 NP Ecureuil 2 is fitted with two Turbomeca Arrius 1A1 turboshaft engines and a new AS350 B3-based main gearbox, increasing maximum take-off weight to 2,800 kg. The AS355 Ecureuil 2 was marketed in North America as the 'TwinStar'. In September 2015, Airbus Helicopters announced that the AS355 production was to continue through 2016 until the existing order backlog was fulfilled and then terminated.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the AS355 helicopters is AS55.

As a result of the merger between the Eurocopter parents Aérospatiale-Matra; DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA) and Construcciones Aeronàuticas Sociedad Anonima (CASA) in July 2000, the Eurocopter group became a division of the new formed EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space company). Taking off into 2014, EADS was rebranded as "Airbus Group". Uniting all its activities under a single brand, its helicopter division Eurocopter was rebranded as Airbus Helicopters on 8 January 2014.

In September 1987, the 1987-built SNIAS AS355 F2 Twin Star s/n 5356 was registered N79D in the USA with DN Air Charter Inc. In May 1991, the aircraft was re-registered N300LG. Registration N300LG was cancelled and the helicopter was registered RP-C1556 in the Philippines with Philippines Comunications Satelite. On 10 October 2001, the helicopter arrived by road as RP-C1556 at the Heli-Holland heliport near Emmen, the Netherlands. On 7 December 2001, the helicopter was registered PH-HHJ with Heli Holland Holding BV, Emmer-Compascuum. Heli-Holland ownes three TwinStar helicopters: next to the AS.355-F2 PH-HHJ, the AS.355-F1 PH-HHC and PH-HVH. Registration PH-HHJ was cancelled on 28 February 2008: the BvL expired over a year. SNIAS AS.355 F2 PH-HHJ received a major overhaul with Heli Holland Technics; painted in the new Heli Holland colors and was restored to the register on 1 October 2008.
On 7 May 2018, the Heli Holland' SNIAS AS355 F2 Twin Star PH-HHJ was seen at the Heli Holland heliport near Emmen.

page last updated: 07-05-2018
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