The Dauphin is a medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter currently produced by Airbus Helicopters. It was originally developed and manufactured by French firm Aérospatiale, which was merged into the multinational Eurocopter company during the 1990s.
The helicopter is a medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters. Developed from the single-engined Aérospatiale SA 360 Dauphin variant, it is one of Eurocopter’s most successful designs and is widely used as a corporate transport, airborne law enforcement platform, emergency medical services (EMS) helicopter, electronic news gathering platform, and search & rescue helicopter. One of its distinctive features is the fenestron tail rotor.
Since entering production in 1975, the type has been in continuous production for more than 40 years.
Dauphin Helicopter Interior
The main cabin area is designed to be reconfigurable, a feature which is promoted to emergency medical service (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR) operators.
In a regular passenger transport layout, the cabin can accommodate up to 12 passengers in addition to the two pilots; up to seven passengers can be accommodated in a VIP layout. Access to the cabin is via large sliding doors on either side of the helicopter. Built-in boarding steps are typically installed to ease the boarding of passengers.
While the cockpit is typically equipped with dual flight controls for two-man operations, the aircraft can be readily flown by a single pilot while operating under instrument flight rules; this was achieved in part by avionics such as the 4-axis Dual Digital Automatic Flight Control System (older production aircraft use a 3-axis flight control system with integrated autopilot instead) to reduce crew workload.
Dauphin Helicopter Specifications
Passenger Capacity: 12
Speed: 191 mph
Range: 446 nm
Baggage Capacity: 38.8 cu.ft.
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