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OY-HJA Airbus Helicopters EC155 B1 Dauphin II c/n 6828 - DanCopter - Den Helder Airport in Holland - 11 July 2009 more at Den Helder-de Kooy

The Airbus Helicopters EC155 B1 is a medium-weight multi-role utility twin engine helicopter accommodating up to 12 passengers and 2 crew. The EC155 B is a development of the AS 365N Dauphin 2, with 40% larger cabin area, a new five-bladed Spheriflex main rotor with an extremely low vibration level and 'glass cockpit'. The EC155 B1 is powered by a pair of Turbomeca Arrius 2C2 turbine engines. The new generation of Fenestron tail rotor takes part in the decrease in external noise level. This tail rotor has 10 blades spaced irregularly around the hub. Development of the EC-155, initially known as AS-365N-4 Dauphin started in September 1996. The development of the AS365 N4 wide body helicopter was announced at International Paris Airshow in June 1997. A mockup of the N4 was shown at the International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget and on 17 June 1997, the prototype EC155, F-WDFK, a rebuilt Dauphin, flew first at Marignane. The first pre-poduction EC155 B flew on 11 March 1998. The French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) and the German Government Agencies (LBA) certification was awarded in December 1998 and the EC 155 got its single-pilot IFR certificate on 25 January 2000. The first three Eurocopter EC 155 Bs were officially handed over to the German Federal Ministry of the Interior / Bundesgrenzschutz (BGS) at the Bonn-Hangelaar base of the BGS on 16 March 1999. The EC155 B1 is a development of the EC155 B with more powerful engines and improved performance at high altitude and in hot temperature conditions. Deliveries of the EC 155B1 version began in September 2002. More than 170 EC155s have been sold. The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the EC155 helicopters is EC55. Since March 2015, Airbus Helicopters uses “H155” as marketing designation for EC155 helicopters.

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 2 March 2009, Eurocopter delivered the EC155 B1 c/n 6828 OY-HJA to the new owner Helicopter Transportation Group (HTG) who leased the OY-HJA to DanCopter A/S. On 4 March 2009, after the formal handover and after receiving the temporary flight permission as OY-HJA from SLV, the EC155 B1 Dauphin II left Marignane in France on its delivery flight to Esbjerg Airport in Denmark. On 24 March, the 2009-built EC155 B1 was registered OY-HJA in Denmark with DanCopter A/S, Esbjerg, as operator and Helicopter Transportation Group AS, Lysaker, Norway, as owner. Eurocopter EC155 B1 OY-HJA is one of six in service with DanCopter. DanCopter has another EC155 B1 on order for delivery in 2009 and two Eurocopter EC175 for delivery in 2012. DanCopter A/S executed its first flight on 1 February 2003. From the headoffice/base in Esbjerg, Danmark, they provide service in the Danish sector of the North Sea. From their base in Den Helder, The Netherlands, DanCopter provide service to Shell, Chevron, and Wintershall in Dutch waters. On 23 April 2009, EC155 B1 OY-HJA arrived as DOP221 at Den Helder and is operated since out of Den Helder.

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