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PH-HHO Airbus Helicopters EC155 B1 Dauphin II c/n 6683 - Heli Holland Offshore - heliport Emmen in Holland - 13 February 2014 Heli-Holland helicopters

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 AS365N Dauphin II, 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 8 December 2004, the Airbus Helicopters EC155 B1 s/n 6683 flew first with Eurocopter France test-registration F-WWOF. On 8 March 2005, the 2004-built EC155 B1 Dauphin II was registered 4K-AZ45 in Azerbaijan with Silk Way Helicopter Services, Baku, Azerbaijan. SWHS - Silk Way Helicopter Services is part of the Silk Way Holding and based at the Baku - Heydar Aliyev Airport. After the Eurocopter EC155 B1 4K-AZ45 was sold to Heli Holland it was flown out of Baku to Emmer-Compascuum, the Netherlands,  for maintenance by Heli Holland Technics. On 19 December 2013, Eurocopter EC155 B1 4K-AZ45 landed at the Heli Holland heliport near Emmen after the delivery flight out of Azerbaijan. On 20 December 2013, the helicopter was registered PH-HHO in the Netherlands, with Heli Holland Aviation Service B.V., Emmer-Compascuum, as holder. On 28 April 2016, NHC - Northern Helicopter, Emden, reserved registration D-HNHN in Germany for the helicopter, but registration D-HNHN was ntu. On 25 November 2016, registration PH-HHO was cancelled and on 29 november 2016, the helicopter was registered D-HNHB in Germany with NHC - Northern Helicopter, Emden.

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