Eurocopter Super Puma/Cougar


  • Eurocopter EC225LP
  • Eurocopter EC225LP

The EC225 is the civilian variant and latest member of the proven Super Puma/Cougar family. With a take-off weight of 24,251 lbs (11,000 kg), the EC225 ( and its military counterpart the EC725 ) carries a fuel load of 5,000 lbs, guaranteeing a flight time of 5 hours. In addition to new Makila 2A1 engines with a stronger main gearbox and a new five-bladed main rotor, the EC725/225 features a state of the art glass cockpit featuring up to six large and redundant multifunction displays.

In November 2012 the type was grounded and an investigation on the main bevel gear shaft failures was launched after two North Sea ditching incidents on May and October of that year. 33 people were on board during these accidents, everyone survived with only minor injuries. In July 2013 SonAir, based in Angola, was the first offshore operator to resume offshore services. In June 2014 was revealed that in both cases, the emergency lubrication systems were working fine, but the switch that was supposed to detect its failure was wired incorrectly, meaning that the warning light would *always* illuminate shortly after the system's activation. Full accident report at the AAIB site

From January 1st 2014 is known as Airbus Helicopter EC225LP.

Following the accident of LN-OJF in Norway which cost 13 lives in April 2016, the EC225 was grounded and finally retired from service by major offshore transport companies and have been replaced in this mission by the S-92, AW189 or the new H175.

Specifications EC225LP

Engine 2 x Safran Makila 2A1 2382 shp
Capacity 2 + 19
Length (m) 19.5
Height (m) 5
Blades 5
Rotor diam. (m) 16
Disc area (m2) 206
Weight (kgs) Empty: 5200     Max: 11000
Speed (km/h) Cruise: 262     Max: 324
Range (km) 838
Ceiling (m)     Max: 6000
Rate/Climb (m/min) 520

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