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The Eurocopter AS-365 (ICAO: AS65 / WAKE: LIGHT) is a medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter. Created in Second Life by Spijkers & Wingtips, the aircraft was based on the real-life Eurocopter AS-365 Dauphin currently manufactured by Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter Group).

Background

The real-life AS-365 was originally developed and manufactured by French firm Aérospatiale, which was merged into the multinational Eurocopter company during the 1990s. Since entering production in 1975, the type has been in continuous production for nearly 40 years. Since the AS-365's introduction in the 1970s, several major variations and specialised versions of the Dauphin 2 have been developed and entered production, including the military-oriented Eurocopter Panther, the air-sea rescue HH/MH-65 Dolphin, the Chinese-manufactured Harbin Z-9 and the modernised Eurocopter EC155.

Spijkers & Wingtips's Eurocopter AS-365 comes in two separate variants (civilian and police/search and rescue), and is equipped with a heads-up display (HUD), cargo hook/winch system, retractable landing gear, search-light, and functioning doors/navigation lights. The emergency services variant is equipped with an additional rescue basket, harness, and quick rope system. Like all S&W helicopters, the aircraft uses an incremental collective/cyclic flight system and is fully modifiable.

Features

  • Pilot's Heads-up display (HUD).
  • Cargo hook/winch system.
  • Basket, harness, stretcher, gurney.
  • Quick rope system.
  • Search light.
  • Customizable paint.
  • Combat-system support (VICE, TCS).
  • Working lighting.

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