The Airbus Helicopters AS365 N3 Dauphin II is a twin-engined
medium-weight transport helicopter powered by a pair of 851 hp Arriel 2C turboshafts equipped with a single channel DECU
(Digital Engine Control Unit) with manual reversion, mated to an uprated
main transmission for better single engine performance Turbomeca
Arriel C2 Turbine engines, accommodating up to 13 passengers and 2
crew. The twin-engine SA.365 was developed in 1973 by SNIAS (Société
Nationale Industrielle Aerospatiale) out of the single-engine SA.360
Dauphin. The SNIAS SA.365 prototype F-WVKE, a SA.360 fitted with 2
Turbomeca Arriel 1A Turboshafts, flew first on 24 January 1975. In 1977
production commenced with the SA.365-C, with deliveries starting in
1978. An improved version of the SA 365C Dauphin II, the SA.365N flew
first on 31 March 1979. The SA365 N differs from the SA365C in having
Arriel 1C turbine engines, a re-profiled fuselage, fully retractable
undercarriage and increased fuel capacity in new under-floor tankage.
Deliveries of the production model began in 1982. Deliveries of the
AS.365 N2, equipped with two Turboméca Arriel 1C2 turboshafts, started
in 1990. From 1984, SNIAS operated under the name of Aérospatiale. The
helicopter divisions of MBB from Germany and Aérospatiale from France
merged in January 1992 to form the Eurocopter Group. A new Eurocopter
designation was added:
EC155 B1, originally known as the AS 365 N4. The Dauphin II is in use
in several military and civilian roles. The AS 565 Panther is the military version of the Dauphin. The AS 366 G1,
powered by two Textron-Lycoming LTS.101-750B-2 turboshafts, is used by the United States Coast Guard under the
designation HH-65A Dolphin. The Dauphin II is manufactured under licence in China as the Harbin Z-9 Haitung and in
Brasil as the Helibras MH-1. Already over 1100 AS 365/366/565 and EC155 versions have been produced.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the AS365 N3 helicopters is AS65.
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.
In April 2006, Eurocopter AS365 N3 s/n 6740 was permitted to fly with Eurocopter France test-registration F-WWOD, in May 2006, during the
test period followed by test-registration F-WQVT. On 30 March 2007, the Dauphin II was registered 5N-BJP in Nigeria with Capital Aviation
Services BV as owner and Aerocontractors as operator. On 15 January 2009, registration 5N-BJP was cancelled, and on 3 March 2009, the AS365
N3 Dauphin II was registered C-FYRC in Canada with CHC Global Operations Canada (2008) Inc. On 29 November 2010, registration C-FYRC was
cancelled as exported to Belgium, and on 9 December 2010, the helicopter was registered OO-NHM with Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen, Ostend.
On 15 February 2018, AS365 N3 Dauphin II OO-NHM was seen at Den Helder-De Kooy in service with NHV.