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PH-HHC Aérospatiale AS355 F1 Twin Star c/n 5049 - Heli-Holland - heliport Emmen in Holland - 24 February 2006 Heli-Holland helicopters

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.

The SNIAS AS355 F1 Twin Star s/n 5049 was built in 1981 and registered N357E in the USA as an Aérospatiale AS-355E Twin Star on 23 December 1981. After the registration N357E was cancelled on 19 February 1988, the helicopter was registered I-VIEY in Italy by Eli Alpi on 9 June 1988 as an AS.355-F1 Ecureuil 2. In 1997 the helicopter was sold to Heli-Holland and arrived in non-flying condition in February 1997 as I-VIEY in Emmen. On 21 February 1997, the registration PH-HHC was reserved and the helicopter was registered with Heli-Holland Holding B.V., Emmer-Compascuum, on 18 November 1997. The PH-HHC is operated by Heli-Holland since, first based at Hato AB near Willemstad, Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles. At Hato AS355 F1 PH-HHC was operated for the Dutch Navy / Koninklijke Marine until it was replaced in April 2005 by AS355 F1 Twin Star PH-HVH. The PH-HHC returned to the Netherlands where the machine went through a total makeover and became as good as new when it was ready. The maintenance was carried out by Heli Holland Technics at the Heli-Holland heliport in Emmer-Erfscheidenveen near Emmen. On 29 April 2014, registration PH-HHC was cancelled as the CofA was over a year expired.
On 24 February 2006, the Heli Holland' SNIAS AS355 F1 Twin Star PH-HHC was seen in basic Coast Guard colors at the Heli Holland heliport near Emmen.

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