was constructed at Aérospatiale's helicopter plant in Marignane, southern France, back in 1977. It was the 16th of only 36 single-engine Dauphins ever manufactured. The production, which had been initiated in 1976, was terminated in 1977 in favour for the twin-engine Dauphin (AS 365).
This specific helicopter spent four years in France before it was purchased by Norrlandsflyg AB in Gällivare, Sweden. The aircraft obtained its Swedish registration, SE-HLS
, in October 1981.
Norrlandsflyg was focused in tourism and utility work, but it was in stand-by for urgent medical emergencies in the northern region. The alert was stipulated in a contract with the National Police, which ensured a 60% coverage of the fixed costs.
The helicopter became the largest and most sophisticated EMS helicopter in Sweden at its time. It could carry a pilot, a medic and two stretchers, and still have extra room for a next of kin. Needless to say, the Dauphin got very popular with its crews and the hospital.Utility work
The Dauphin, or 'Pärlan' as it was referred to by Norrlandsflyg's legendary founder Knut 'Knutte' Hedström, was very well suited for the company's utility operations. It was not only roomy, it was extraordinary fast and powerful as well. The helicopter was frequently used in Norrlandsflyg's seasonal shuttle traffic in the mountain world, with Kvikkjokk as one of its more frequent bases.Day-time EMS
In 1992 the Swedish CAA introduced new strict regulations that called for twin engine helicopters in all night-time ambulance operations. The Dauphin was operated parallel to a twin-engine Ecureuil (SE-JET
) to fulfil the regulations, but Norrlandsflyg replaced them with a S-76 (SE-JEZ
) within a year.
As the Dauphin was retired from its duties as a medical helicopter it got fully engaged in utility works. It served with Norrlandsflyg to 2004, when the company sold the whole utility business segment (including the Dauphin and three other helicopters) to Kallax Flyg
. The deal was a result of Norrlandsflyg's decision to focus fully in its EMS and SAR (rescue) segments.Grounded
The new owner, Kallax Flyg
, never operated the Dauphin. It was stored in a hangar for three years before its airworthiness certificate was sold to Eurocopter (Aérospatiale). The whole worldwide fleet of SA360s were being grounded by Eurocopter due to the very small amount of machines still flying.Afterlife
The airframe of SE-HLS
was sold to a company in Birsta, Sundsvall, which used the helicopter as a rooftop eye catcher. It showed up at Sweden's largest classified advertising website for miscellaneous item sales ('Blocket') in May 2017, where it was offered for sale by its owner.SE-HLS
was sold in June 2017. It found its way to HeliAir Sweden
's hangar in Västerås shortly thereafter.
was sold to InnoVfoam in the Netherlands for helideck firefighting demonstration purposes in December 2017. It was totally restyled and will be placed on InnoVfoam's roof mounted helideck.