2 x 2,380 s.h.p. ea.
64 ft. 0 in.
15 ft. 1 in.
53 ft. 2 in.
Super Puma Helicopter
The Super Puma helicopter, now produced by Airbus, is a favorite for the transportation of passengers and cargo to off shore oil platforms. In addition they are used as water bombers, VIP transports, by the United Nations and the military of nations throughout the world. Super Puma helicopters were formerly marketed by Aerospatiale and Eurocopter as EC225 and are now designated Airbus Helicopters H225.
The Super Puma helicopter features a roomy cabin that can be configured as a utility or executive transport. The helicopter has large cabin windows, can operate from areas inaccessible to fixed wing aircraft, all the while providing the comforts of a business jet. Super Puma helicopters have low noise and vibration levels and a relatively long range. Its powerful engines permit warm temperature and high altitude operations.
The Super Puma helicopter can be equipped with emergency flotation bags to permit water landings. Streamlined fairings house the retractable landing gear that have been reinforced to operate on unimproved surfaces. The helicopter is equipped with with fiber glass composite rotor blades for strength and light weight. A large fin at the underside of the tail helps to increase directional stability at higher speeds.
The Super Puma helicopter has seen limited use by the U.S. Forest Service. In addition to being equipped with a belly tank for water bombing, the helicopters have been used to transport blaze fighting crews. The Belgian P.D. uses the Super Puma helicopter for patrol duties. In Singapore the helicopters are used for search and rescue.
On April 29, 2016, Super Puma helicopters were grounded by European Safety regulators after a main rotor separation. It caused the downing of a helicopter with the loss of all on board. At this time, certain Super Puma helicopters are allowed to fly providing they are equipped with their most reliable parts. The helicopters will also need to have their gearboxes inspected at intervals of no more than ten hours.
The Super Puma helicopter is used in 25 countries around the world as the primary helicopter transport for their heads of state. To date, over 900 members of the Super Puma helicopter family have been produced of which 170 were designated as EC225.