AÉROSPATIALE AS 332 "SUPER PUMA"
The AS 332 "Super Puma" is a transport and military ("Cougar") helicopter manufactured by European company Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter / Aérospatiale). The first prototype took flight on 13 September 1978, since when around 600 units have been built and delivered to about 38 countries.
The civilian "Super Puma" of Austrian helicopter company Heli Austria GmbH will be on display at AIRPOWER16. The company currently operates two of these helicopters, which are primarily used to transport heavy loads but which are also assigned to firefighting and special logging operations throughout Europe. A wide range of special equipment is available for these tasks. Because of its low empty weight, the "Super Puma" can transport up to 24 people, external payloads of up to 4,500 kg or 4,000 litres of water for aerial firefighting, while its twin 1,185 kW MAKILA engines can power it into mountainous terrain. Heli Austria's two "Super Puma" helicopters are currently the largest operating transport helicopters with Austrian registration.
Facts & Figures
|Manufacturer||Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter / Aérospatiale)|
|Rotor diameter||15.6 m|
|Empty weight||4,800 kg|
|Lift capacity (external payload)||4,500 kg|
|Max. flight duration||3 hours|
|Cruising speed||240 km/h|
|Max. operating altitude||6,000 m|
|Powerplants||2 x Tubomeca Makila turboshafts|
|Power||2 x 1,800 hp|