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  • Aerospatiale AS350 Ecureuil


    Aerospatiale AS350 Ecureuil

    Designed as a replacement for the Alouettes, the Ecureuil/Squirrel family, which includes the AS.355 twin engine variant listed separately, was a great success. As of 2011 some 5,000 aircraft were delivered in 98 countries for some 1,600 operators accumulating a total 21 million flight hours.

    The AS350 variants are marketed in North America as the AStar and in South America as Esquilo. Military variants are known as Fennec.

    From 1992 produced by Eurocopter and from 2014 by Airbus Helicopters

    AS350 Ecureuil News

    Lithium-Ion Battery for Canadian AS350/H125, 07-Oct-20 : #battery Vertical Flight Solutions (VFS) by Eurotec received Transport Canada certificate for installation of the True Blue Power TB17 [17 amp-hour] advanced lithium-ion battery into Airbus H125/AS350 series helicopters. FAA approval is expected shortly

    Hovering AS350 Accident Report, 26-Jul-20 : #hydraulics Hovering the AS350 Squirrel helicopter with hydraulics assistance disabled can lead to a rapid loss of control with catastrophic consequences even for highly experienced pilots, an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation highlights

    Garmin GFC 600H for AS350, 13-Feb-20 : #GFC600H Garmin received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the GFC 600H flight control system in the AS350 B2/B3 helicopter

    Digital Heading Indicator for AS350/H125, 29-Jan-20 : Heli-Expo 2020 German company SPAES replaced the analog heading indicator with a new digital RCA1510 in an AS350 / H125 helicopter. The system only requires a connection to the power supply and an external GPS antenna.

    Safran to Support Danish Fennec’ Arriel 1D1 Engines, 03-Dec-18 : #Arriel Safran signed contract to support until mid-2030s 11 Arriel 1D1 engines for the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) AS550C2 Fennec helicopters. In 2016 they signed contract for the EH101’ RTM322 turboshafts

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    Derivatives & Versions

    AS350C AStar 1974 Powered by a Lycoming LTS101 and marketed only in USA
    AS350B Ecureuil 1975 Powered by Turbomeca Arriel 1B and marketed worldlwide
    AS350D Astar 1978 Replaced the AS.350C with a more powerful Lycoming engine
    AS355 ecureuil 2 1979 The twin engine variant of the AS350 first flew September 27, 1979. The AS355 Twin Squirrel variants were marketed in North America as the TwinS ...
    HB350B Esquilo 1980 AS350B Ecureuil assembled in Brazil by Helibras
    AS350B1 Ecureuil 1986 Powered by Turbomeca Arriel 1D
    AS550C2 Fennec 1988 Military version
    AS350B2 Ecureuil 1989 Powered by Turbomeca Arriel 1D1. Higher gross weight version with an aerodynamic strake fitted to tail boom along the starboard side and angled e ...
    AS350Z 1989 Also known as AS.351, was a prototype using a Fenestron tail rotor. Powered by a Turbomeca TM333 of 750 shp. Led to the EC120 / EC130 years late ...
    AS350BA Ecureuil 1990 Powered by a Arriel 1B engine and fitted with wider chord AS355 main rotor blades and tail rotor servo. Post 1992 airframes listed under Eurocopt ...
    EC AS350 Ecureuil 1992 Aircraft built between 1992 and 2013 listed here. For 2014 airframes see Airbus Helicopters
    Soloy AS350B2-SD2 2006 The Soloy AS350 “SD2” (Super D) is a conversion of the AS350B2 to be powered by a Honeywell LTS101-700D-2 engine replacing the factory Turbom ...

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