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

Helicopter Guide

Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e (Photo: Airbus Helicopters Canada)

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)