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AS350 B3 light transport helicopter
 
 
 

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Description

The AS350 B3 is a single-engined light helicopter designed and manufactured by the French Company Eurocopter. The high-performance member of the Ecureuil family, the AS350 B3 outclasses all other single engine helicopters for performance, versatility, safety and competitive acquisition and maintenance costs. It excels in hot conditions and very high altitudes, and broke records when a standard production aircraft landed on the top of Mount Everest in 2005 (altitude: 29,029 ft / 8,848 m). The powerful, high-performance AS350 B3e is designed to carry out the most demanding missions in the most extreme weather and geographical conditions. Its exceptional lifting capability, high endurance, extended range and fast cruise speed make the AS350 B3e the leader in its class.

Variants
- AS350 Firefighter: Fire fighting version.
- AS350B: Powered by one Turbomeca Arriel 1B engine.
- AS350 B1: Improved version of the original AS350B, which is powered by one Arriel 1D engine, type also fitted with AS355 main rotor blades, AS355 tail rotor with tabs and a tail rotor servo.
- AS350 B2: Higher gross weight version powered by one Arriel 1D1 engine over the B1 version with aerodynamic strake fitted to tail boom along the starboard side and angled engine exhaust duct for better yaw control.
- AS350 B3: High-performance version, is powered by an Arriel 2B engine equipped with a single channel (DECU) Digital Engine Control Unit with a mechanical backup system. This helicopter is the first ever to land on Mount Everest. AS350 B3/2B1 variant introduces enhanced engine with dual channel (FADEC) Full Authority Digital Engine Control, dual hydraulics and a 2,370 kg (5,225 lb) Maximum Take Off Weight. AS350 B3e (introduced late 2011) equipped with the Arriel 2D engine.
- AS350 BA: Powered by a Arriel 1B engine and fitted with wider chord AS355 main rotor blades and tail rotor servo.
- AS350 BB: AS350 B2 variant selected to meet rotary-wing training needs of UK MoD, through its Defence Helicopter Flying School in 1996. Powered by a derated Arriel 1D1 engine to improve the helicopters' life cycle.
 
Technical Data
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Design
The cabin is made of high-impact thermoplastic double fuselage and an extremely resistant light alloy frame. The AS350 B3e offers a new elegant cabin, increasing passenger comfort. Thanks to its versatile flat floored cabin, the AS350 B3e can be quickly and easily reconfigured for all types of missions, from utility and heavy load transportation to medical evacuation, Search and Rescue, law enforcement and passenger transportation. The unobstructed flat floor cabin concept and low vibration level allow for the installation of all necessary equipment, including fully integrated law enforcement instrument panels, infrared cameras and tactical consoles. The AS350 B3e provides passengers with the highest level of comfort and elegance in its roomy, air-conditioned, redesigned cabin. The AS350 B3e offers a low vibration level and great comfort for passengers. With its easy cabin access through two large sliding doors, forward-facing seats and large baggage compartments, the AS350 B3e is the ultimate single engine helicopter for the most demanding business aviation customers all over the world.
Propulsion
The AS350 B3e is powered with a new Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine including a new generation dual digital engine control system (FADEC), backed up with one independent control system for automatic start-up sequences and care-free engine handling. This modern engine has an increased reliability and decreased maintenance costs and is fitted with an Engine Data Recorder. New dual-channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) generation is backed-up with one independent control system to enhance safety and decrease the pilot’s workload. It also ensures engine monitoring, providing it with the correct fuel, air and ignition ratios required for optimum performance with minimum fuel expenditure to suit any given exterior condition. Engine Data Recorder manages cycle countings and damage tracking for more anticipated maintenance. The VEMD is a modern, fully duplex equipment for the management and control of the main vehicle and engine parameters. It provides several display modes: operational (mission and performance calculation, automatic engine power check) and maintenance mode (flight report, failure and over limit detection).
Avionics
The AS350 B3e cockpit, with its dual LCD-screen Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD), allows the pilot to check at a glance the main vehicle and engine parameters - thus reducing his workload and enhancing safety. The AS350 B3e offers excellent visibility, a pilot-friendly ergonomic cockpit and exceptional endurance and speed.
Mission capabilities

The AS350 B3e can be configured, and easily reconfigured, with a long list of certified optional equipment for whatever utility mission you may have. With its lifting power capacity, endurance and manoeuvrability, the AS350 B3e is always up for the most rigorous hot and high missions and sling work (external load capability is 3,086 lb / 1,400 kg). The AS350 B3e is well adapted to multi-role law enforcement missions: surveillance, command and control, search and rescue, SWAT unit transportation or hoisting of canine units, as well as flying border patrol in hot and high conditions.
The AS350 B3e features the latest technologies and can also be equipped with a wide range of certified optional law enforcement equipment. Police forces in some 30 regions across the world already operate aircraft from the AS350 B3 family. The AS350 B3e is capable of high-speed pursuits and offers excellent manoeuvrability. Thanks to its FADEC-equipped engine, starting the AS350 B3e is automatic and very simple. Its modular design makes it easy to maintain, increasing its availability rate. The AS350 B3e offers day and night VFR flight capability and can be customised with NVGcompatible lighting sources and instruments. A wide range of optional equipment nd capabilities are available as, infrared thermal imaging system (both modes can be recorded or transmitted via microwave downlink), moving map with zoom and GPS, tracker for following or locating stolen property or vehicles, wire-strike protection system, gyro stabilised binoculars, simultaneous 4- channel police radio, pilot & co-pilot windshield wiper, second battery kit, air conditioning system, sand prevention filter, tail rotor arch, electrical external mirror, emergency floatation system, cargo hook, hoist, etc.

 
Specifications
Type
Light transport helicopter
Country user (AS350)
Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Central african Republic, Chile, Ecuador, France, Gabon, Iceland, Jordan, Malawi, Mali, Paraguay, United Kingdom, United States
Country producer
France
Crew
2 + 6 passenger maximum
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Engine
1x Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine
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Speed
Maximum speed: 287 km/h
Range
688 km maximum
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Weight
2,2250 take-off weight
Avionic
avionics master switch, hyro-horizon,gyro-directional, dourse deviation indicator, turn and bank indicator, VHF/VOR/LOC/GS/GPS, altitude encoder, emergency locator transmitter, ICS + passenger interphone.
Dimension
Length: 10.93 m; Rotor Diameter: 10.69 m;
Height: 3.14 m
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AS350 B3 light transport helicopter data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video France French Air Force aviation aerospace Eurocopter defence industry military technology
 
AS350 B3 light transport helicopter data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video France French Air Force aviation aerospace Eurocopter defence industry military technology
AS350 B3 light transport helicopter data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video France French Air Force aviation aerospace Eurocopter defence industry military technology
AS350 B3 light transport helicopter data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video France French Air Force aviation aerospace Eurocopter defence industry military technology
AS350 B3 light transport helicopter data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video France French Air Force aviation aerospace Eurocopter defence industry military technology
 
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