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D-HAMV Aérospatiale AS365 N Dauphin II c/n 6100 - Rotorflug 'ITH Mecklenburg-Vorpommern' - Rostock/Klinikum Südstadt Heliport, Germany - 25 July 2013 lifeliner helicopters

The Airbus Helicopters AS365 N Dauphin II is a twin-engined medium-weight transport helicopter powered by a pair of 737 hp Turbomeca Arriel 1C2 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: EC 155 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 AS365/366/565 and EC155 versions have been produced. The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for the AS365 N2 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.

ITH (Intensivtransporthubschrauber) Aérospatiale AS 365 N Dauphin II D-HAMV "Christoph Rostock" was photographed at its base, the Klinikum Südstadt Heliport in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The air rescue centre is operated by Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V.; the basic crew includes an emergency physician of the Klinikum Südstadt and a paramedic of the Johanniter. Rotorflug Gmbh provides the helicopter and professional pilots. ITH Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was founded on 26 September 1993 and its helicopter used callsign "Akkon Rostock 15-84-01". From the beginning, Rotorflug Gmbh provides the helicopters, first the Agusta A109 and since March 2005 Aérospatiale AS 365 N Dauphin II D-HAMV.

Aérospatiale AS 365 N Dauphin II s/n 6100 D-HAMV started its carier in September 1983, when it was registered F-ZWWA for tests by CEV at Grasse/Dupersé. This would keep the helicopter built in 1983. However, according to the DGA register the helicopter was built in 1984 as an Aèrospatiale SA 365 N. At the moment, no more details are known about the first period of this Aérospatiale AS365 N Dauphin II. In February 1985, the helicopter was registered YU-HCT in Yugoslavia and operated first as VVIP helicopter. Over the years, the helicopter entered service with the Police Force in Yugoslavia, then Serbia and finally with PSUP Kosova, the Kosovo Police. In 2001, the helicopter was sold in France and registration YU-HCT was cancelled in 2002. It was not until 8 March 2005, that the helicopter was registered in France as F-HIHI with SA SNVB Financements as owner and Mont-Blanc Hélicoptères as operator. On 7 April 2005, registered ownership of the F-HIHI changed to GCE Bail SA. The helicopter was now an EMS-helicopter and started its operations in service with Mont-Blanc Hélicoptères as SAMU 37 at Tours-Trousseau Hospital, France, the same month. On 15 January 2010, after the helicopter was sold to Rotorflug Gmbh in Germany, registration F-HIHI was cancelled. The helicopter underwent maintenance at Rotorflug's Friedrichshof heliport and was registered D-HAMV on 19 February 2010. The D-HAMV entered service as ITH (Intensivtransporthubschrauber) "Akkon Rostock 15-84-01" at the Klinikum Südstadt Heliport in Rostock, on 25 March 2010.

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