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AS-365 Aircraft

AS-365 Dolphin is a medium utility helicopter designed and manufactured by Eurocopter (previously developed by Aérospatiale). The military version of Dolphin is AS365N2. Dolphin is widely used around the world, such as US Coast Guard and National Airborne Service Corps in Taiwan. It is equipped with 2 engines providing 834 SHPs and capable of 3 hours of endurance time and maximum range of 446kn. This helicopter is provided with auto-pilot, search and rescue radar, night-vision recon system, GPS, rescue hoist, search light and loud speaker. It is used for disaster rescue, emergency response, medical assistance, observation, patrol and transportation at medium and low altitudes and at sea.

AS-365 photo (2 total pictures)
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    Medium and low altitude rescue
    Used to be operated by the Air Police, Dolphin is a utility model for primarily rescue and response at medium and low altitudes.
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    Rescue at sea
    4 emergency inflatable air bags are equipped for long-distance missions at sea, allowing forced landing on water.
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    Medical evacuation and transportation
    The maximum range is 826km; capable of hoisting people or supplies, and performing emergency medical evacuation at remote islands.
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    Observation and patrol
    Capable of staying in the air for up to 3 hours, enough to fly to the “temporary enforcement line” at the northeastern corner of Taiwan between Japan and Taiwan and back.
  • National Airborne Service Corps Duty Implementation Statistics of AS-365 in July 2021
    • 2021-08-17
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    A. Search & rescue 1. Search and rescue in the mountains: 1 sorties, 1 people rescued. 2. Search and rescue at sea: 24 sorties.B. Emergency medical 1. Medical evacuation: 1 sorties, 1 people rescued. 2. Medical referral: 1 sorties, 1 people rescued.C. Reconnaissance 1. Maritime (coastal) aerial patrol: 4 sorties.D. Preparation 1. Training flight: 58 sorties. 2. Test run: 37 sorties. 3. Joined duty training: 1 sorties. 4. Maintenance flight (factory flight test): 51 sorties.

  • National Airborne Service Corps Duty Implementation Statistics of AS-365 in January to June 2021
    • 2021-07-14
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    A. Disaster relief 1. Response to fire: 2 sorties. 2. Response to major accident: 11 sorties, 20 passengers, 50 kg of material, equipment or fuel carried.B. Search & rescue 1. Search and rescue in the mountains: 4 sorties, 2 people rescued, 1 passengers, 50 kg of material, equipment or fuel carried. 2. Search and rescue at sea: 64 sorties, 4 people rescued.C. Emergency medical 1. Medical evacuation: 1 sorties, 1 people rescued. 2. Medical referral: 12 sorties, 12 people rescued, 12 passengers.D. Reconnaissance 1. Maritime (coastal) aerial patrol: 29 sorties. 2. Environmental pollution survey: 6 sortie.E. Preparation 1. Exercise (drill): 16 sorties. 2. Training flight: 262 sorties. 3. Test run: 186 sorties. 4. Joined duty training: 6 sorties. 5. Maintenance flight (factory flight test): 233 sorties.

  • National Airborne Service Corps Duty Implementation Statistics of AS-365 in April to June 2021
    • 2021-07-14
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    A. Disaster relief 1. Response to major accident: 7 sorties, 20 passengers, 50 kg of material, equipment or fuel carried.B. Search & rescue 1. Search and rescue at sea: 64 sorties, 4 people rescued.C. Emergency medical 1. Medical referral: 4 sorties, 4 passengers.D. Reconnaissance 1. Maritime (coastal) aerial patrol: 15 sorties. 2. Environmental pollution survey: 6 sortie.E. Preparation 1. Exercise (drill): 12 sorties. 2. Training flight: 127 sorties. 3. Test run: 98 sorties. 4. Maintenance flight (factory flight test): 118 sorties.

  • National Airborne Service Corps Duty Implementation Statistics of AS-365 in January to March 2021
    • 2021-07-05
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    Disaster reliefResponse to fire: 2 sorties.Response to major accident: 4 sorties.Search & rescueSearch and rescue in the mountains: 4 sorties, 4 people rescued, 2 passengers.Search and rescue at sea: 52 sorties, 3 people rescued.Emergency medicalMedical evacuation: 1 sorties, 1 people rescued.Medical referral: 8 sorties, 8 people rescued, 8 passengers.ReconnaissanceMaritime (coastal) aerial patrol: 14 sorties.PreparationExercise (drill): 4 sorties.Training flight: 135 sorties.Test run: 88 sorties.Joined duty training: 6 sorties.Maintenance flight (factory flight test): 115 sorties.

  • Forests in flame, 5 fleets of National Airborne Service Corps on the firefighting mission
    • 2020-03-04
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    Three fires broke out in the forests and the National Airborne Service Corps dispatched four fleets on the firefighting missions.The 81st forest compartment at Qishan, Kaohsiung burst into flame just before nightfall on Mar 2 2020. The remote location made it difficult for anybody to get in. As an effort to save the precious forests, Pingtung Forest District Office in charge of these forests asked the Service Corps for help. The sun was almost down when NASC received the phone call. The mission dispatch made a split-second decision to scramble the AS-365 Dolphin (NA-104) of the 2nd branch, Third Brigade at Xiaogang Airport, Kaohsiung to carry the firefighters of Forest Bureau for an aerial survey. As the AS-365 Dolphin (NA-104) arrived at the site at 16:36, multiple fires were spotted and spreading across a vast area. To make things more difficult, there were the power towers and cables of Taiwan Power Company near Laonong River where the firefighting water is located, and also several poles on which lifelines and buoys were attached. Seeing this, the crew reported back to the HQs. The dispatch on duty gave the heads-up to the crew of UH-60M Blackhawk (NA-709) of 3rd branch, Third Brigade stationed at Fongnien Airport, Taitung for the firefighting at day break, NA-709 took off at 06:57 on Mar 3 for the firefighting. Another Blackhawk, NA-704, was called in for support due to the difficulty in extracting water and fighting the fire.Around 07:20, another warning was received from the Chukou Station of Forest Bureau in Chiayi indicating more fires breaking out at the Tanayiku Natural Ecology Park. The UH-60M Blackhawk (NA-705, 2nd branch, Third Brigade at Taichung International Airport), which was ready to fly the Qishan mission, was redirected to the park for the firefighting. Arriving at the site at 09:32, NA-705 also spotted multiple fires and, therefore, requested another Blackhawk, NA-702, for backup.Just as both birds were dumping water on the fires, Nantou Forest District Office called and said a fire broke out at forest compartment 9 of Danda District at 14:23. The dispatch on duty scrambled the AS-365 Dolphin (NA-110) of 1st branch, Second Brigade at Taichung International Airport for an aerial survey. The UH-60M Blackhawk (NA-707) of third branch, first Brigade at Hualien Airport took off for the firefighting mission at 16:16. As the helicopter arrived at the site, the firefighters of Forest Bureau took over on the ground since it was difficult to scoop water from nearby water sources. Therefore, the air crew was put on standby. As NA-707 was on its way back to base, a call was received from Nantou County Police Department saying there was a hiker lost somewhere in the hills. NA-707 was immediately redirected for this assignment and headed to Taroko National Park for the search and rescue mission.As the fire spread very rapidly across a large area of Danda forest in Nantou and became difficult for the ground crew, the Corps took over the firefighting on Mar 4 by sending the UH-60M Blackhawk (NA-707) of third branch, First Brigade, taking off at 07:25, and the UH-60M Blackhawk (NA-709) of third branch, Third Brigade, taking off at 07:44, for a joint firefighting mission.As pointed out by the Corps, it is recommended that hikers travel in groups and have an experienced guide to help them for better safety. It is dry out there in the wild recently and hikers are advised to be careful with fire while cooking. It is all about preventing forest fire and protecting the precious woods. There are lots of steep mountains in Taiwan and the terrains are very dangerous. Fighting fire from the ground is very difficult in the case of forest fire. Oftentimes, it relies heavily on helicopters to fire forest fires. However, there are plenty of power towers, power cables, cableways and sky-pointing trees, all of which pose risks to helicopters to extract and dump water. The Corps urges all citizens to love your country and avoid wasting the precious resources.

  • Forest compartment lands have been on fire: Five NASC fleets completed the fire extinguishing mission in a relay
    • 2020-03-04
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    Three forest compartment lands have been on fire and NASC dispatched four fleets to fulfill the fire extinguishing mission.Forest compartment land No. 81 located in Chishan, Kaohsiung was on fire on March 2, 2020 in the evening. As the fire scene is located in a remote area that is difficult to reach by foot, Pingtung Forest District Office in charge of the forest compartment therefore applied to NASC, Ministry of the Interior to extinguish the fire from the air in order to protect the precious forests. When NASC received the mission application, it was nearly the end of dusk. The staff in charge of dispatching personnel therefore immediately dispatched AS-365 Dauphin (No. NA-104) of Squadron 2 of the 3rd Wing stationed at Kaohsiung Siaogang Airport to firstly transport firefighting personnel of the Forestry Bureau to the fire scene for aerial survey. Upon reaching the forest compartment at 16:36, the AS-365 Dauphin (No. NA-104) helicopter immediately reported to the Center that there were a number of fire ignition points; the burning area was rather extensive; and the water fetching point located in Laonung River had not only many TAIPOWER’s electric towers and cables, but also some pillars with ropes and life buoys. The personnel on duty therefore inform the UH-60M Blackhawk (No. NA-709) of Squadron 3 of the 3rd Wing stationed at Taitung Fengnien Airport to extinguish the fire in the next morning. On the 3rd, NA-709 took off around 6:57 to implement the fire extinguishing mission. However, due to the difficulty of fetching the water and extinguishing the fire, NA-709 requested the Center to dispatch another Blackhawk NA-704 to support the mission. At this time, around 7:20, Forestry Bureau’s Chiayi Chukou Station immediately notified NASC of the forest fire occurred at Tanayiku Ecological Natural Park. The UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter (No. NA-705 of Squadron 2 of the 3rd Wing stationed at Taichung Ching Chuan Kang Airport) had its mission changed to extinguish the fire at Tanayiku Ecological Natural Park. Upon arrival of the fire scene at 9:32, NA-705 also found a number of fire ignition points and requested the Center to dispatch another Blackhawk NA-702 to support the mission.When these two Blackhawk fleet was implementing the water fetching and fire extinguishing mission, Forestry Bureau’s Nantou Forest District Office notified NASC of another fire occurred nearby forest compartment land No. 9 of Danda Working Circle at 14:23. The personnel on duty immediately dispatched AS-365 Dauphin (No. NA-110) of Squadron 1 of the 2nd Wing stationed at Taichung Ching Chuan Kang Airport to implement the aerial survey mission. Later at 16:16, UH-60M Blackhawk (No. NA-707) of Squadron 3 of the 1st Wing stationed at Hualien Airport took off to implement the fire extinguishing mission. As it was difficult to fetch water at the fire scene, Forestry Bureau’s ground firefighters were appointed to control the fire, whereas NASC was standby to support the ground firefighters. During its trip back to the station, NA-707 then received a mountain rescue mission request from the police office of Nantou County Government. NA-707 then immediately changed its mission to search and rescue the suspected victim at Taroko National Park.As the burning area of Nantou’s Danda Working Circle was rather extensive and the ground firefighters suffered difficulties in controlling the fire, on March 4, NASC then dispatched UH-60M Blackhawks NA-707 of Squadron 3 of the 1st Wing (took off around 7:25) and NA-709 of Squadron 3 of the 3rd Wing (took off around 7:44) to jointly implement the forest fire extinguishing mission.NASC pointed out that it was important and safer for hikers to hike in a group under the leadership of an experienced guide; and that, due to the recent dry season, hikers were highly suggested to pay attention to the fire when cooking. After all, it is difficult to plant and preserve precious tree species. Also, as Taiwan has a steep and rough terrain in mountainous area, it is extremely difficult to extinguish the fire, if any, and helicopters are often required to implement the fire extinguishing mission. Furthermore, electric towers, cables, transport cages and giant trees in mountain areas also result in a high level of risk to helicopters in water fetching and dropping missions. NASC therefore remind all citizens to love the lands of our country and not to waste the country’s limited resources.

  • Minister of the Interior surveyed the 2nd Wing of NASC and affirmed the fleet for its efforts in bringing rescue capacity into full play.
    • 2020-02-04
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    Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-Yung paid a special visit to the 2nd Wing of NASC stationed in Taichung on January 8th to understand the duty implementation status and maintenance works of AS-365 Dauphin and UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter fleet. Minister of the Interior not only urged the fleet to properly implement aircraft maintenance works, pay great attention to aviation safety, but also affirmed NASC for effectively optimizing its rescue capacity.On January 2, 2020, a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter under the Air Rescue Group, Ministry of National Defense (MND) unfortunately crashed into the valley of Tonghou River in Mount Hongludi, New Taipei City when flying from Air Force Song Shan Air Force Base to Dongaoling Radar Station in Suao, Yilan County. This accident has caused the death of a number of general officers and, among aviation accidents of aircrafts carrying senior military officers, set a new record of losing general officers with the highest rank. As NASC is subordinate to the Ministry of the Interior and supports air rescue missions, Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-Yung therefore, in the concern of possible impact to the morale of NASC, paid a special visit to NASC’s fleet stationed in Ching Chuan Kang Air Force Base, Taichung. Minister Hsu expressed that it was truly regrettable to see such accident happening to the Air Rescue Group of MND; and that, when the accident occurred, NASC also immediately dispatched helicopters to implement the rescue mission to save the lives without giving up any hope.Minister Hsu said that, confronted by severe climate change resulted from global warming, all disaster prevention and rescue units should break the conventional territory-based thinking to make an adequate rescue equipment plan; take necessary preventive measures; establish a regional joint-defense mechanism; and carefully and better respond to different or composite disasters. As NASC is currently upgrading fleet equipment and personnel, he also instructed NASC to ensure that the delivery of Black Hawk helicopters and progress thereof were on schedule; and to make reasonable plan on the equipment and personnel configuration after the old aircrafts were discharged from military services, leaving no blank space for the implementation of rescue mission. Minister Hsu emphasized that the weather was often unfavorable when NASC received a mission; and, to execute such high-risk missions, it was a must to conduct regular trainings based on different scenarios and with intensive practice. He said that this would help the crew to improve their teamwork spirit and disaster response capability; learn from mistakes and better their rescue skills; and implement the missions immediately upon receipt of the mission. Finally, after inspected maintenance works of the fleet, Minister Hsu expressed his confidence in NASC and encouraged NASC to bring the teamwork spirit into fully play, perform intensive mission-based trainings, implement maintenance strategy, abide by work rules, follow standard working process to check the weather conditions and aviation safety influential factors before taking a flight, carefully perform pre-flight check-ups, and establish an all-weather, 3-dimensional and high-mobility air rescue system to better protect the lives and assets of our people.

  • 2019/12/27 Emergency transfer of patient with a broken finger at the Marshallese BALTIC BEAR cargo ship
    • 2019-12-30
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    Squadron 1 of NASC’s 1st Wing stationed at Taipei Songshan Airport received a telephone request from NASC command center at 15:35 today (the 27th), where an Indian crew member of the Marshallese BALTIC BEAR cargo ship accidently broke his finger (forefinger) and required an emergency transfer. Upon receipt of the mission, the Squadron immediately dispatched AS-365N Dolphin helicopter No.NA-102 to implement the mission. After received the mission briefing, the standby crew immediately took the field and took off at 15:53. The helicopter flown at 1,000 feet above the ground with its maximum horsepower reached the target zone at 16:45. After confirming the target, the crew then completed high- and low-altitude surveillance, checked the horsepower, evaluated the navigation route and made a cockpit safety briefing. At 16:48, the helicopter landed at the deck of the cargo ship and the member of CGA’s Rescue Hoist Mission Squad left the cockpit to pick up the patient. After successfully picked up the patient at 16:52, the helicopter took off, left the target zone, headed towards Keelung Isle and flew along Xizhi District. After the helicopter landed at Taipei Songshan Airport at 17:35, the patient was moved to the standby ambulance and was transferred to hospital for treatment. The mission was completed successfully.

  • Deputy Minister of the Interior surveyed the construction of Kaohsiung Helicopter Maintenance Hangar and specially reminded the team to timely complete the construction and ensured the quality thereof
    • 2019-12-27
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    Deputy Minister of the Interior Chen Tsung-Yen made a special trip to the south on November 29 to survey the construction of Kaohsiung Helicopter Maintenance Hangar of National Airborne Service Corps (NASC), Ministry of the Interior (MOI). He also specially reminded the team to complete the construction work on time and ensure the quality thereof.The construction of NASC’s Kaohsiung Helicopter Maintenance Hangar launched on July 3, 2018 is currently going on, including the assembly of RF retaining walls and beam reinforcement templates at the maintenance warehouse building; installation of fixable lower rails at the hanger building; spray of fire-resistant paint and casting of colored upper steel plate; assembly of the retaining walls and reinforcement templates for the 3rd and 4th (roof) floor of duty standby buildings and so on. Director General of NASC expressed that the mid-term project of this construction was approved by Executive Yuan in February 2016 with a total budge of over NTD460 million and total floor surface of 9,256 m2; and was commissioned to the Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of the Interior. Due to the airport height restriction, the maintenance warehouse has only two floors above the ground, whereas the duty and duty standby buildings have four floors above the ground. Constructed floor by floor, this construction project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019. Upon the completion thereof, two corps of the all-weather UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter and AS-365 helicopter will be stationed in as the hanger has a spacious space to maintain and repair two types of helicopters.The construction site of Kaohsiung Helicopter Maintenance Hangar is situated inside Kaohsiung International Airport. To give a good impression to domestic and foreign travelers who enter and exit the gate of our nation, the exterior design thereof is extremely important. The duty, duty-standby and maintenance warehouse have a low-key and staid design, whereas the hanger building is painted with light blue to make a light contract. The red lines, on the other hand, not only symbolize the dawn light that appears in the sky, but also echo with NASC that shuttles through the mountains and sea to complete disaster-relief and rescue missions. The mountain- and wave-like shapes of duty and hanger buildings represent NASC’s sea search and mountain rescue missions. The simplified lines not only create visual dynamics, but also enforce the building structure. With respect to the functionality, the maintenance hanger’s design focuses on the optimization of comfort, traffic flow and safety with an expectation that on-duty personnel will rapidly, decisively, efficiently and safely complete the missions.Upon completion of the construction, Kaohsiung Helicopter Maintenance Hangar will become an important rescue base of southern Taiwan. By supporting all types of disaster, patrol and rescue related missions, it will protect people’s lives and properties, enhance the country’s airborne rescue capability, ensure the safety of crew members during the mission, and optimize the country’s resource-efficiency.During his visit, Chen Tsung-Yen not only showed his satisfaction with the construction progress, but also specially reminded team to pay attention to the construction safety and ensure that the project will be completed on time without any quality issue.

  • 2019/05/24 NASC implemented an emergency medical mission to transfer a comatose patient who fell off from a height in Matsu
    • 2019-05-24
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    Today (the 24th) at 15:25, Squadron 1 of the NASC 1st Wing stationed in Taipei Songshan Airport received an emergency call from the NASC Duty Command Center, requesting it to rescue a male comatose patient (Mr. Lu, born in 1946) who fell off from a height in Mazu. As Mazu Hospital lacks medical resources, this patient needed an emergency treatment. An EMS transfer request was therefore made to have this patient transferred back to the main Taiwan island for treatment.Upon receiving the order from the command, the Squadron immediately dispatched a AS-365N Dolphin Helicopter numbered NA-102 to implement the mission. After pre-flight prompts were given, the crew soon turned on the engine at 15:35 and took off at 15:45. The helicopter flew along MT2 route at 1,500 feet of altitude with its maximum horsepower and then landed at Matsu Nangan Airport at 16:35 to pick up 1 patient, 1 family member thereof and 2 medical personnel, totally 4 people. At 16:49, the helicopter took off from Matsu Nangan Airport and flew along the same route at 1,000 feet of altitude. At 17:48, the helicopter landed at Taipei Songshan Airport. The patient was handed over to ground medical personnel and be transferred to National Taiwan University Hospital for treatment. The EMS mission was completed successfully.

  • NASC was called for an emergency medical evacuation at Nanzixing Mountain at Rueifang District, New Taipei City
    • 2019-04-24
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    Squadron 1 of NASC 1st Wing, stationed at Songshang Airport in Taipei City, received a phone call from the Duty Command Center at 1300 hour today (23rd) that a medical evacuation was needed at Nanzixing Mountain at Rueifang District, New Taipei City, with the coordinate of (TWD97):N25-06-40 E121-52-33. A male at his 60s was suffering cardiac arrest. It was difficult to remove the patient from the site as evaluated by Mr. Tsai, Jung-Fu, the fire chief of Rueifang Fire Department. Therefore, a helicopter was requested to evacuate the patient by air lifting to the Veteran General Hospital (VGH) in Taipei City. An AS-365N Dolphin, number NA-101, was scrambled as soon as the order was received. The crew rushed to the helicopter immediately after the mission briefing. The engine started at 1310 hour and the helicopter took off shortly at 1318 hour, following the hills south of Xizhi at the altitude of 1,000ft and maximum continuous horsepower. At 1333 hour the helicopter arrived at the target area. The pilot started the aerial recon and horsepower check according to the routine procedure and gave the heads-up to the crew for CRM and other notes. At 1340 hour, the air lifting started. The patient was secured and lifted on board at 1350 hour and the helicopter headed for VGH. With the guidance of air traffic control, the helicopter landed at VGH and the patient was transferred to the waiting VGH crew at 1404 hour. Now with the patient in the good helping hands, the helicopter headed back at 1425 hour and landed at Songshang Airport at 1435 hour. The engine was turned off at 1440 hour to sum up a perfectly executed mission.

  • 2019/3/11 NASC rushed to rescue for medical evacuation 44 nautical miles northwest of Taichung Harbor out at sea
    • 2019-03-12
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    An airlift was requested for a Russian seaman who was in urgent need of medical evacuation for his two severed fingers.Stationed at Ching-Chuan-Kang Airport, Taichung, squadron 1 of NASC 2nd Wing received a phone call from the Duty Command Center at 1618 hour today (11th) requesting an emergency medical evacuation of a Russian seaman who suffered two severed fingers on board of a cargo ship (the MASKER SKARSTIND) 44 nautical miles northwest of Taichung Harbor (coordinate: N24-34 E119-45).An AS-365N Dolphin, no. NA-110, was scrambled as soon as the order was received. The crew on standby started the engine at 1630 hour immediately after the mission briefing and took off from Ching-Chuan-Kang Airport at 1642 hour. The helicopter maintained its maximum continuous horsepower toward the target area. On the arrival at the target area at 1710 hour, the crew began high and low altitude recon and selected the direction of approach for the airlift. 1730 hour, the wounded seaman was secured and lifted into the cabin as the crew reported to the HQs. The lift was completed at 1747 hour. At 1807 hour, the helicopter touched down on the helipad at Ching-Chuan-Kang Airport. The seaman was transferred to a waiting ambulance to rush to Tung’s Taichung MetroHarbor Hospital for treatment. It was another job well done.

  • 2019/03/18 A sick seaman on the Wan Sheng was airlifted for medical evacuation just off the Taichung Harbor
    • 2019-03-19
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    Squadron 1 of NASC 2nd Wing Stationed at Ching-Chuan-Kang Airport, Taichung, received a phone call from the Duty Command Center at 1600 hour today (18th) requesting immediate airlift for medical evacuation of a male seaman who suffered difficulty of breathing on board of a cargo ship, the Wan Sheng, 10 nautical miles off the Taichung Harbor (coordinate: N24-13-12 E120-21-42). An AS-365N Dolphin, no. NA-110, was scrambled for the airlift for medical evacuation of a male seaman who suffered difficulty of breathing on board of a cargo ship, the Wan Sheng, 10 nautical miles off the Taichung Harbor as soon as the order was received. The crew on standby was briefed of the mission, started the engine at 1610 hour and took off at 1615 hour, heading for the coordinate N24-13-12 E120-21-42, 10 nautical miles off Taichung Harbor at the altitude of 1,000 feet at maximum continuous horsepower. At 1626, the helicopter arrived at the target area and spotted the Wan Sheng. The crew started the horsepower check and the airlift evaluation while maintaining radio contact with the Coast Guard patrol boat at site. Once the pilot finished the rescue CRM, he took the helicopter down and landed on the ship at 1629 hour. The assisting Coast Guard crew and the helicopter’s crew chief helped the patient into the cabin at 1631 hour. The helicopter took off and left the target area at 1632 hour heading for Ching-Chuan-Kang Airport. The pilot brought the helicopter down at the helipad at 1640 hour and the engine was turned off at 1650 hour, while the patient was transferred to a waiting ambulance for another perfect rescue mission.

  • New Air Rescue Troops will immediately enhance the Flood Control Preparedness
    • 2017-08-10
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    Global warming leads to extreme climate changes and Taiwan is no exception. NASC of MOI has been working with several agencies to simulate the impacts of different types of complex accidents and disasters to predict the severity and range of damage; develop appropriate rescue equipment; take necessary preventive actions; strengthen mission combination training; and ultimately establish all-weather, 3-dimensional and highly mobile air relief capacities.NASC is currently working to replace the old helicopter fleet with new, and very meticulous about the progress of the delivery of these new birds. A series of simulations are being conducted on receiving the new aircrafts and training qualified pilots and aircraft-related missions. Not only is a new team designated to receive the aircrafts, but also relevant trainings, maneuver simulations and field simulations at seaports are planned for the flight crew. Response solutions and improvement plans are prepared for receiving the aircrafts with “no safety risk.”NASC received the 3rd delivery of one UH-60M Blackhawk (No. NA-704) successfully on August 7 of 2017. The Black Hawk was accompanied by another Black Hawk (No. NA-703) and an AS-365 Dauphin (No. NA-106) on the way back from Kaohsiung Siaogang Airport to Taichung Chingchuankang Airport. The NA-704 Black Hawk was in the Florida training base in the U.S. and used for NASC seed instructor trainings. As the training mission came to an end, the Black Hawk was shipped from the U.S. at the end of June and arrived in Kaohsiung on August 6. As soon as this Black Hawk arrived, it is ready for implementing air rescue missions and enhancing flood control preparedness.NASC now has 6 Black Hawks (3 received in 2015; 2 in July of 2016, and 1 in August of 2017) and is expected to receive 3 more by the end of 2017 and 6 in 2020. In other words, there will be 15 Black Hawks, 9 AS-365 Dauphins and a BE-200 aircraft flying together for the 5 types of mission.Besides, NASC has specially requested Central Weather Bureau to customize a weather information service platform for NASC in order to promote and utilize digital information technology, have longitudinal and lateral communications timely, and immediately respond to all weather conditions. Equipped with an extreme weather monitoring system, the platform allows real-time access to sea states, weather forecasts and astronomic information. It enables NASC to receive accurate weather information for planning the flight routes and range of search and rescue missions at “any time” and in “any place”.During the flood season, NASC has captured the spirit of team work to continuously launch new aircrafts, renovate and construct the bases and enhance e-information technology to better protect the lives and assets of all nationals.

  • The Third Delivery of One Black Hawk joined NASC to satisfy the Flood Control and Rescue Demand
    • 2017-08-06
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    By following the country’s policies, NASC reached an agreement with Ministry of the Interior (MOI) and Ministry of National Defense (MND) where the MND prepared for a purchase of 60 UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters, 15 of which were purchased on behalf of NASC for rescue missions. The 1st and 2nd deliveries of 3 and 2 UH-60Ms arrived at Chingchuankang Airport, Taichung on December 18 of 2015 and July 11 of 2016, respectively. Today (the 6th), one more just arrived. The 1st to the 5th batches of pilots and seed maintenance crew had finished their training in the US and returned home to prepare for training programs. More UH-60Ms will continue to arrive for service, and they will be deployed at 5 bases across the country for rescue missions.Director General of NASC Tung Chien-Cheng indicated that the UH-60M Blackhawk was a utility helicopter designed and produced by Sikorsky for general purposes. That is to say, the helicopter is a perfect platform to add or modify mission equipment to suit whichever mission it is designated for, and now there are a wide variety of variants. Being the latest model, UH-60M has the best performance among its variants, and this model is designed to break flight range limit and capable of overcoming the treacherous terrains in Taiwan, a great improvement for the rescue capability in the mountains and at sea.Director General Tung keeps pointing out that the UH-60M is equipped with twin turbo engines to provide the maximum take-off weight of 23,500 lbs, cargo lifting capacity of 9,000 lbs and increased speed and range, not to mention the ability to install different equipment appropriate for the mission at hand. This is a significant improvement for the efficiency of medical evacuation, water carrying capacity for firefighting in the mountains and extended cruise range. These birds will join the AS-365N Dauphin for disaster rescue, emergency response, medical assistance, observation and patrol, and transportation missions. NASC has established the goal of minimized costs for maximized rescue capacity, and is dedicated to improving the government’s 3-dimensional disaster rescue performance. These efforts are exerted to further protect people’s lives and properties with an expectation that people will show their supports to NASC.

AS-365 Introduction

main rotor hub
Main propeller
rescue hanging
straight tail fin
Tail Rotor
tail boom
front landing gear
Main Landing Gear
vertical stabilizer

In the early 1970s, in order to compensate French combat power gap of 6 to 10 seats helicopter, Aérospatiale developed and designed a single-engine medium multi-purposes SA-360 helicopter called Dolphins I, which completed first flying in June 2, 1972. There were two SA-360 prototypes for the remainder of the subject of "operational test and evaluation", but after tests, they were found that its performance and expectations are not as expected, so they took the improved research simultaneous on AS-365 Dolphin II with double engine.

In Jan 24, 1975, AS-365 Dolphin II finished its first flying successfully, and then got evaluation result of meeting operational requirements. It leaded an important decision of shutting down the SA-360 Dolphin I which has been produced 34 fights during 1976-1977, and putting AS-365 Dolphins II into production since 1978. Then the purchase orders are over 50 up to 1981. Interestingly, since the helicopter division of Aérospatiale was incorporated into Eurocopter Group in 1992, although the production line of Dolphin II was in operation until 2012, its name was simplified to AS-365 Dolphin Helicopter; as for those SA-360 helicopters which produced only a few, were still called Dolphin I Helicopter, deployed in France, Sweden, Finland, Monaco, the United States, Japan, Malaysia and other countries for now.

(Source: Youth Daily

AS365N2 Dolphin Helicopter from NASC is capable of rescuing personnel at sea and doing anti-hijacking drill at the same time. The major tasks of AS365N2 include special jet, maritime reconnaissance patrol, emergency rescue, medical transport and others. AS365 used to belong to Police Air Force, as a utility helicopter, it can hang persons and commodities and assist the National Police or Coast Guard to conduct air reconnaissance missions. The duration of AS365 is 3 hours, which is long enough to fly and perform tasks at the Provisional Enforcement Line between China and Japan at the northeast corner of Taiwan and then fly back. Its max range is 446nm (826km) and major tasks are disaster relief, rescue, ambulance, observation, patrols, and transportation at medium and low altitude area and sea as well emergence medical evacuation offshore island. In order to cope with long-range maritime mission, there are 5 AS365N2 equipped with 4 emergency inflatable bags which can be used for emergence landing on water.

(Source:Defense Technology

  • Aircraft Type:AS-365
  • Number:9
  • Duration:4.3 Hourse
  • Horsepower:800 SHP*2
  • Max Range:446 sea miles
  • Specialty:Disaster relief, rescue, ambulance, observation, patrols transportation and other asks at medium and
  • Limitation:These wheels are updated weekly.
Aircraft Type Maintenance
  • Transmission repair
  • Air conditioning repair (2 total pictures)
  • Main rotor examination
  • Tail rotor examination
  • Fuselage and cowling paint repair
  • Stabilator maintenance
  • Refueling
  • Helicopter cleaning
  • Dynamic and static pressure system test
  • Rotor system maintenance (2 total pictures)
  • Windshield repair
  • Jacking up the AS365
  • AS365 landing gear maintenance
  • AS365 rescue team training (2 total pictures)
  • AS365 on external power
  • AS365 search light repair