The A350 AStar is a common site at heliports, hospital landing pads, police department operations centers and airports across the United States. With built-in maneuverability, super visibility and low vibration levels in the cabin, the AS350 has earned its reputation as a true multi-mission workhorse. The AS350 B2 cruises at 133 kts. and has a range of upto 360 nautical miles under the power of its 732-shp. Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 turboshaft engine. The hot-and-high AS350 B3 version—outfitted with a FADEC-equipped 847-shp Turbomeca Arriel 2B1 – retains the B2’s spacious cabin while boosting the speed up to 140 knots and adding extra lifting capability.
From 2011 the AS350 B3’s capabilities are further enhanced through the AS350 B3e, equipped with the Arriel 2D engine with 6,000 hour mature TBO, next-generation FADEC and engine data recorder (EDR). Offering faster cruise speeds, lower DMCs and improved tail rotor controls, the AS350 B3e will also be available with a 30 minute take-off power rating.
AS350s are U.S.-built and certified at American Eurocopter’s state-of-the-art Columbus, Mississippi facility, located adjacent to the Golden Triangle Regional Airport.