500th Super Puma Goes to Bristow Norway
Eurocopter delivered the Super Puma #2500 to Norsk, a Norwegian subsidiary of Bristow, during the Paris Air Show 1999 to support the oil industry from Sola Airport
Eurocopter, June 17, 1999 - Le Bourget, France - Today, the Eurocopter Group handed over the 500th helicopter in the Super Puma/Cougar range to the offshore operator Bristow Helicopters Group Ltd at the Paris Air Show 1999.
This helicopter with the serial No. 2500 is an AS 332 L2 Super Puma; it will be operated by Norsk, a subsidiary of Bristow, for offshore missions from Sola Airport in Norway.
The helicopter is fitted with an option that is fast becoming part of the standard equipment, EUROARMS or Eurocopter Aircraft Recording & Monitoring System, which is designed to monitor the behavior of the dynamic components and systems and to record the operating parameters.
This Super Puma is an MK2 and the second to be purchased by Bristow, whose fleet also includes 31 MK1s. As one of the major worldwide offshore operators, Bristow is active in 9 countries on 4 continents.
At the end of April 1999, the Eurocopter helicopters in the Bristow fleet had totaled 561,076 flight hours, with 47,540 hours in 1998 alone and 24,538 hours to the credit of Super Puma S/N 2028. Bristow took charge of its first SA 330 Puma on July 1, 1977 and its first Super Puma became operational on February 28, 1982.
The Super Puma is the recognized standard for offshore transport in the 10-tonne category of helicopters and its latest version, the AS 332 L2, is setting availability records for its customers.
As the most recent addition to the Super Puma family, the AS 332 L2 has been designed to integrate new technologies, such as Spheriflex-type main and tail rotors, a new drive system, integrated digital avionics with color CRT displays, a 4-axis duplex autopilot and a crashworthy fuel system.
Compared to the MK1, the AS 332 L2 has new higher-performance engines and today it is the only helicopter to have been certificated for 30-second supercontingency operation. Its two Turbomeca Makila 1A2 gas turbines each develop 2109 shp.
The more spacious and comfortable MK2 cabin can accommodate 19 passengers.
Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma LN-ONI ( Norsk Helikopter )