Airbus Helicopters AS/SA 330J – Operating Costs, Specifications, and Performance Data

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Summary

FULL AIRCRAFT NAME
Airbus Helicopters AS/SA 330J
AIRCRAFT NAME
AS/SA 330J
AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER
Airbus Helicopters
MAX RANGE (30 MIN RESERVE)
222 nm
SPEED
139 kts
PASSENGERS
20 people
ACQUISITION COST
$2562500
ENGINES
Turbomeca Turmo IVC 2
WINGSPAN
12.67 ft
IFR CERTIFIED
Yes

Aircraft History

This large twin-engine turbine helicopter was designed by French aircraft manufacturer Sud Aviation (hence the “SA” in the model number). Sud Aviation was one of several government-owned aircraft manufacturers that emerged from the nationalization of most of the French aerospace industry in the 1930s. Sud Aviation became part of Aerospatiale when that company was formed in the 1970s (this yielded the “AS” initials in the model number). In the 1990s, the helicopter division of Aerospatiale was merged with the German MBB helicopter company to form Eurocopter. Today, Eurocopter is a division of EADS, a multinational European aerospace giant.
 
The AS/SA 330J Puma is a 15- to 20-place twin-engine turbine helicopter that is characterized by a large rectangular cabin with a flat floor and an aft ramp. The cabin uses three-across airline seating in commercial applications. The aircraft was also popular as a VIP transport for heads of state. Its primary commercial application today is IFR over-water passenger transport. It is also used for external lift work. The drivetrain uses two Turbomeca Turmo IVC engines and a four-bladed, fully articulated, rotor with composite rotor blades.
 
The SA 330J was initially designed in the early 1960s to meet a French military requirement and, to this day, the armed forces of various countries are the major operators of this helicopter. Its first flight was 1965 and certification was obtained in 1971. Some 670 SA 330J military and commercial helicopters were delivered during its production run from 1972 until 1982. Today, fewer than 100 are in commercial service worldwide and only about 15 are registered in North America—mostly in Mexico.