Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with Starflex LLC to upgrade the Eurocopter AS355 helicopter with the new Rolls-Royce Model 250-C20R engine, which reduces fuel consumption, increases range and payload, improves hot and high performance and improves safety margins.
The Rolls-Royce Model 250-C20R engine is rated at 450shp and is available from Starflex as part of a valuable performance package upgrade that can improve the profitability and effectiveness of AS355 operators.
Starflex is marketing this enhancement package as the “AS355 F1R/F2R” performance upgrade. The announcement was made at the Helitech ’07 exhibition at Duxford, UK.
The overall market for light-twin helicopters is considered strong, especially in Europe. With new production aircraft booked for years, the market for the upgraded AS355 models remains very firm with a worldwide fleet already totalling over 600 aircraft.