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AEROSPATIALE AS-355 Ecureuil 2

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AS55
Aircraft
Name AS-355 Ecureuil 2
Manufacturer AEROSPATIALE
Wing Rotary
Position Three-blade main rotor
Tail Two-blade tail rotor
WTC Light
Type code H2T
Engine Turboshaft
Engine count Multi
Position In fuselage
Landing gear Skids
Mass group 2


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 AEROSPATIALE AS-355 Ecureuil 2 3D

Description

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

Technical Data

Wing span 10.69 m35.072 ft <br />
Length 12.94 m42.454 ft <br />
Height 3.03 m9.941 ft <br />
Powerplant 2 x Allison 250-C20F turboshaft, 313 kW (420 shp) each.
Engine model Allison 250

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
Descent
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
Approach
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS 129 kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance m ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance m
MTOW 23002,300 kg <br />2.3 tonnes <br /> kg Ceiling FL130 ROD ft/min APC
WTC L Range 200200 nm <br />370,400 m <br />370.4 km <br />1,215,223.098 ft <br /> NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving AS55

  • AS55, vicinity Fairview Alberta Canada, 1999 (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.)