Airbus Helicopters X3: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

The Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) X3 helicopter was developed from the EC155.

Eurocopter X3

The Airbus Helicopter X3 was a test, research and development helicopter programme, finding out if helicopters could fly faster. The programme proved that it was possible for the helicopter to reach 220 knots during level flight and the aircraft could carry a useful passenger load. The helicopter could therefore be used for long distance flights to far distant offshore oil and gas platforms.

After a series of ground-breaking flights, the prototype was retired and is now displayed at the Musee de L’Air at Paris-Le Bourget Airport.

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

World fleet: One prototype

Category: Twin Engine


Maximum speed (Vne): 220 kts 410 km/hr (achieved in test flight, may not be Vne)

Service ceiling: 12,500 ft 3,810 m (achieved in test flight may not be service ceiling)


Passengers (crew): Up to 13 (one or two pilots)


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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