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

Model News

Royal Australian Navy Retires S-70B-2 and AS350, 01-Dec-17 : The Royal Australian Navy formally retired the S-70B-2 Seahawk and AS350BA Squirrel from 723 and 816 Squadrons during a ceremony at Nowra

Heli-One Norway Adds AS350 Blade Repair Capability, 02-Oct-17 : Helitech 2017 Heli-One, CHC MRO provider, adds AS350 blades to their repair and overhaul capabilities in Norway

Helibras Delivers 6th Panther and 14th Fennec Upgraded, 05-Dec-16 : Helibras closes the year with the delivery of one more Fennec and one Panther of the Brazilian Army modernization contracts

Brazilian Army Upgraded Fennec Reaches 1000 Flight Hours, 09-Dec-15 : Helibras delivered first 6 of 36 upgraded H125M/AS550 Fennec to the Brazilian Army Aviation in a program scheduled to be completed by 2019.

Metro Aviation delivers H125 to Coastal Helicopters, 05-Aug-15 : California-based Coastal Helicopters took delivery of their new H125 / AS350B3e to be used in exclusive contract with the U.S. Forestry Service

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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 Twin engine variant of the AS350. The AS355 Twin Squirrel variants were marketed in North America as the TwinStar. From 1992 produced by Euroc ...
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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