Eurocopter delivers 1,000th Dauphin helicopter to India’s Pawan Hans
Eurocopter’s 1,000th helicopter from its Dauphin family was delivered today to India’s Pawan Hans Helicopters, the world’s largest civilian operator of this medium twin.
Pawan Hans’ milestone helicopter is an AS365 N3 version, configured for offshore oil and gas drilling missions, and it brings the Indian operator’s fleet to a total of 35 Dauphins.
Pawan Hans is Eurocopter’s leading client in India, and it operates the country’s largest fleet of Eurocopter helicopters. These aircraft are used for the transportation of personnel to offshore platforms, in shuttle flights between drill barges, for the airlift of state officials and VIPs, along with tourism charter services.
Pawan Hans’ Dauphin fleet has logged more than 375,000 flight hours, with an availability rate of over 80 percent. In addition to its own operations, the company has an agreement with Eurocopter for propose creation of MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) facility in India to service Dauphin series helicopters.
The Dauphin family has been improved over the years to meet evolving market requirements. Its latest version – the AS365 N3e/AS565 MBe – will provide improved hot-and-high performance while incorporating new technologies and systems.
With deliveries targeted to begin in late 2013, its primary enhancements are the introduction of Arriel 2N engines with dual-channel FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Controls), use of the main gearbox from Eurocopter’s EC155 helicopter, the incorporation of a new Starflex rotor head, and the application of a reinforced main rotor mast. These upgrades are to provide a 15 percent increase in power for better performance, a significant payload gain with the maximum takeoff weight increased to 4.5 metric tons, and reductions in maintenance and operating costs.