The Airbus Helicopters AS.332 L2 Super Puma is a twin-engined medium-weight
transport helicopter for up to 2 crew and 22 passengers powered by two
Turboméca Makila 1A1 turbine engines. The SNIAS SA.332 Super Puma was
derived from the SA.330 Puma, that flew first on 15 April 1965 under
Sud-Aviation banner. On 1 January 1970, Sud-Aviation merged with a
number of other French aerospace companies to form SNIAS (Société
Nationale Industrielle Aerospatiale). Development of the AS.332 Super
Puma with more powerful engines and an enhanced rotor system started in
the late 70s. On 7 September 1977, the Makila-powered test-bed prototype
SA.331 c/n 001 F-WZAT, the modified SA330 B Puma c/n 1541, flew first.
The first production standard Super Puma, AS332-01 F-WZJA,- was flown on
13 September 1978. On 1 February 1980, the AS332 C flew first, followed
by the AS332 L version (L for long) on 10 October. SNIAS AS 332L Super
Puma was certificated in 1983. From 1984, SNIAS operated under the name
of Aérospatiale. The Super Puma is in use in several military and
civilian roles. In 1990, the military Super Puma designations were
changed from AS332 to AS532 Cougar to distinguish between the civil and
military variants of the helicopter. The helicopter divisions of MBB
from Germany and Aérospatiale from France merged in January 1992 to form
the Eurocopter Group. 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). New Eurocopter designations for the further developed
helicopters based on the AS332L series were added: EC 225 Super Puma
(civilian versions) and EC 725 Cougar (military versions). 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 17 September 2004, the 2003-built Eurocopter AS332L2 s/n 2599 was registered
PP-MTM with BHS-Brazilian Helicopter Services Taxi Aereo Ltda. After
being withdrawn from service with BHS, AS332 L2 PP-MTM was stored at
Boundary Bay (BC), Canada. On 29 November 2012, registration PH-NHS was
requested in the Netherlands for the Super Puma by Noordzee Helikopters
Vlaanderen NV, Oostende, Belgium. On 27 February 2013, the helicopter was
registered G-CHLJ in the UK with CHC Scotia Ltd., Aberdeen, as holder.
On 14 March 2013, registration G-CHLJ was cancelled as exported to the
Netherlands and the next day, the Super Puma was registered PH-NHS with
Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen NV, Oostende, Belgium, as holder and NHV
Invest BVBA, Oostende, as owner. The "big yellow bird", Eurocopter AS332 L2 PH-NHS,
arrived the same day at Den Helder Airport.
From 1 January 2013, NHV - Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen operated two
AS332 L2 Super Puma helicopters out of Den Helder-De Kooy on offshore flights to the gas -and oil fields in the
Dutch sector of the North Sea. NHV operated the AS332 L2 helicopters until they received their first two Airbus
Helicopters EC175 B seven-tonne category helicopters of which Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen had sixteen on order.
After deliveries of the EC175 Bs started on 10 December 2014, both AS332 L2 Super Puma's were moved to Ivory Coast.
On 14 March 2018, registration PH-NHS was cancelled with as reason: no longer complaint with requirements. On 10 May
2019, the AS332 L2 Super Puma was registered OO-NHS in Belgium with NHV Invest, Oostende.