In Spain, the Marine Fishery Directorate decided to replace its old helicopter fleet
with new AS365 N3 Dauphins. The last machine was delivered in the fall of this year.
In accordance with the € 16.8 million
contract signed in December 2004
between Eurocopter and the Spanish
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food,
a second AS365 N3 Dauphin was delivered
to the Marine Fishery Directorate in Alicante
on 2 October 2006. The new Dauphins will
gradually replace the current fleet of Agusta
109 Cs. The agreement signed by the Ministry
of Agriculture also calls for the acquisition
of three additional Dauphin N3s, with
deliveries scheduled until 2008.
“The first AS365 N3 Dauphin that we
received in July is based in Alicante on the
Mediterranean coast. The second machine
delivered in October will be performing missions
out of Santander on the Atlantic
coast,” said José Navarro, Deputy General
of Inspection at Spain’s Marine Fishery
“The Dauphins will perform two
types of missions to reinforce the directorate’s
marine airborne operations. First of
all, they will be used to inspect, monitor, and
control the fishing fleet. In this role, they will
be flown day and night to supervise activities
in Spain’s coastal waters and fishing zones.
Second of all, they will provide support for
the fishing boats by performing search and
rescue missions, for example.”
The AS365 N3 Dauphin will be a tremendous
time-saver for the Marine Fishery Directorate.
Up until now, the capacities of helicopter
operations were limited due to the
payload and space restrictions of the older
he Dauphin is both larger and
faster than its predecessors, and also provides
better performance. It is equipped
with more modern equipment based on new
technology, which means the helicopters
will perform their missions more effectively.
“Our new Dauphins are equipped with the
latest technology0” explained Mr. Navarro.
“They have a console that continuously centralizes
in a single database all the cartography
data, radar transmissions, images
from the FLIR(1) and photos taken on location.
The console also includes data sheets
for the fishing boats (licenses, permits,
etc.). With these new features, we can perform
our patrol work more quickly and in
modern, comfortable conditions.”
The company Helisureste, a subsidiary of
the group Inaer, will be operating the two
AS365 N3 Dauphins. The company has been
working closely with the Maritime Fishery
Directorate since 1992. Maintenance activities
will be handled by Hispacopter, a Eurocopter-
certified service provider.