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N353CE Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 AStar c/n 4575 - Atlantic Bridge Group Inc - heliport Emmen in Holland - 11 April 2015 helicopters in Emmen

The Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 is a single-engined utility helicopter that can accommodate up to 7 passengers. Development of the AS 350 Ecureuil started in the early 70s under the Aérospatiale banner. The first flight of an AvcoLycoming LTS101-powered machine took place on 27 June 1994. The second prototype was fitted with an Arriel 1A and took to the air on 14 February 1975. Certification (with a Turboméca Arriel 1B turboshaft powerplant) was achieved on 27 October 1977. The single-engined AS 350B2, powered with a Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 engine was certified in April 1989. The helicopter divisions of MBB from Germany and Aerospatiale from France merged in January 1992 to form the Eurocopter Group. The Eurocopter AS350 B3 is a high-performance version of the AS350 series, powered by a Arriel 2B engine equipped with a single channel (DECU) Digital Engine Control Unit with a mechanical backup system. The AS350 B3, made its first flight from Marignane on 4 March 1997. Latest upgrade of the AS350 is the AS350 B3e (enhanced) version that is fitted with a Turboméca Arriel 2D engine. The AS350 B3e model was approved by the EASA on 17 June 2011 and has next to the new engine, a new interior design, tail rotor improvements and optimised optional equipment. The new console panel’s concept “Multibloc” is installed since aircraft S/N 7218. The AS350 B3e has an upgraded MTOW of 2370 kg when dual hydraulic. Over 5200 AS350 models had been delivered worldwide. The AS 350 is marketed as Ecureuil. The AS350 Ecurieul is also known Squirrel and is marketed as Esquilo in Brazil and AStar in the USA. In the USA, the AS350 is also known as SuperStar.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator with Wake Category used to classify aircraft types for the AS350 / H125 helicopters is AS50.

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.

On 20 February 2009, American Eurocopter Corp., Columbus, Mississippi, registered the 2008-built Eurocopter AS350 B3 AStar s/n 4575 as N709AE in the USA with Wells Fargo Bank Northwest NA Trustee, Salt Lake City, Utah, as registered owner. On 13 May 2009, Eurocopter AS 350 B3 N709AE was registered with Schuybroek Aviation Inc., Dover, Delaware. The next day registration N353CE was reserved by Schuybroek Aviation. On 2 June 2009, the AS350 B3 was re-registered N353CE with Schuybroek Aviation Inc, as the registered owner. On 21 August 2009, Eurocopter AS350B3 N353CE arrived at Antwerp Airport in Belgium. Since, the AStar is based at Antwerp Airport. In 2011, ownership of the N353CE changed to De Hondert Margen B.V., De Lier, the Netherlands. As before, Eurocopter AS350B3 N353CE was registered with Schuybroek Aviation Inc, Dover, Delaware. On 20 February 2015, AS350 B3 AStar N353CE was registered with Atlantic Bridge Group Inc, Wilmington, Delaware, as owner.
On 11 April 2015, Eurocopter AS350 B3 AStar N353CER was seen at the Heli-Holland heliport near Emmen, the Netherlands.

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