author Jean-Louis Espes
DELIVERY OF THE FIRST EC 225 TO THE MINISTERIAL AIR LIAISONS GROUP OF THE REPUBLIC OF ALGERIA
On 22 December 2004, the first series production EC 225 to roll off the Marignane assembly lines was officially delivered to the Ministerial Air Liaisons Group (GLAM) of the Algerian Republic. This helicopter in VIP livery will join the prestigious transport squadron, which serves the Presidency of the Algerian Republic.
The choice of the Algerian Government confirms the success of the aircraft of the Super Puma/Cougar family, which have already been chosen by 32 heads of state or governments.
The EC 225, the latest addition to the Super Puma/Cougar family of twin-engine, medium-sized aircraft in the 11-ton class performed its maiden flight in November 2000.
This helicopter has been developed to perform passenger transport work, in particular for the OFFSHORE and VIP sectors, and public service missions such as Search and Rescue (SAR). In July 2004, the EC 225 satisfied the most recent JAR 29 regulations, and was awarded its IFR certificate of airworthiness by the new European airworthiness authority EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).
The EC 225 features:
• A new Spheriflex main rotor with five blades equipped with a very advanced airfoil shape providing the aircraft with an extremely low vibration level.
• A strengthened main gearbox.
• Two new Turbomeca Makila 2A turboshaft engines developing 2448 hp and equipped with a duplex, dual-channel full authority digital engine control (FADEC) system, guaranteeing top-level reliability.
• A new, integrated Advanced Helicopter Cockpit and Avionics System designed to reduce the amount of work required by the crew to fly the helicopter (digital 4-axis autopilot), which also displays the flight and subsystem management data.
These new technologies have improved performance (speed, maneuverability), comfort (vibration, noise) and flight safety – a quality that is particularly appreciated by the crews who have flown the helicopter.
Twenty-two aircraft from the EC 225/EC 725 family have already been ordered and the total number of orders for the Super Puma/Cougar - EC 225/EC 725 family has increased to 682 helicopters.
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