Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

The AS350 B3e is the most up-to-date variant of the AS350 Ecureull (Squirrel) helicopter. In the USA, it is marketed as the AS350 A-Star.

Missions: Airborne Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Offshore, Executive, EMS

First delivery: 1975

World fleet: Over 900 (all variants)

Category: Single Engine


Maximum speed (Vne): 155 kts 287 km/hr

Maximum/Fast cruise speed (Vh): 140 kts 258 km/hr

Hover ceiling, In-Ground Effect (TOP): 13,200 ft 4,029 m

Hover ceiling, Out-of-Ground Effect (TOP): 11,100 ft 3,383 m

Single engine service ceiling: 16,550 ft 5,044 m

Long Range Cruise Speed Range: ? nm/? km (no reserve)


Maximum takeoff weight: 4,960 lb 2,250 kg

Empty weight: 2,690 lb 1,220 kg

Useful load: 2,270 lb 1,030 kg

Passengers (crew): Six (one pilot)

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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