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AS55
Name AS-355 Ecureuil 2
Manufacturer AEROSPATIALE
Type Rotary
WTC Light
Engine Turboshaft
Engine count Multi


Also manufacturered as:

AEROSPATIALE TwinStar
AEROSPATIALE AS-355 Ecureuil 2
AEROSPATIALE AS-355 TwinStar
AEROSPATIALE AS-555 Fennec
AEROSPATIALE Ecureuil 2
AEROSPATIALE Fennec (AS-555)
EUROCOPTER Ecureuil 2
EUROCOPTER TwinStar
EUROCOPTER Fennec (AS-555)
EUROCOPTER Twin Squirrel
EUROCOPTER AS-355 Ecureuil 2
EUROCOPTER AS-355 TwinStar
EUROCOPTER AS-555 Fennec
HELIBRAS VH-55 Esquilo
HELIBRAS CH-55 Esquilo
HELIBRAS UH-13 Esquilo
HELIBRAS HB-355 Esquilo
HELIBRAS Esquilo (HB-355)


AEROSPATIALE AS-355 Ecureuil 2

AEROSPATIALE AS-355 Ecureuil 2

Image source: IANS

Description

The Eurocopter AS355 Ecureuil 2 (Twin Squirrel) is a twin-engine light helicopter originally manufactured by AĆ©rospatiale (now part of Eurocopter Group). The AS355 is marketed in North America as the TwinStar.

General

Aircraft name AS-355 Ecureuil 2
ICAO code/WTC AS55 / L
Manufacturer AEROSPATIALE
Type Code/APC H2T /

Technical Data

Wing span 10.69 m35.072 ft
Length 12.94 m42.454 ft
Heigth 3.13 m10.269 ft
Powerplant 2 x Allison 250-C20F turboshaft, 313 kW (420 shp) each.
Engine Model Allison 250

For further details consult EUROCONTROL Aircraft Performance Database:

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving AS55

  • AS55, vicinity Fairview Alberta Canada, 1999 (AW HF FIRE) (On 28th April 1999, an AS-355 helicopter suffered an in-flight fire attributed to an electrical fault which had originated from a prior maintenance error undetected during incomplete pre-flight inspections. The aircraft carried out an immediate landing allowing evacuation before the aircraft was destroyed by an intense fire.)
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