The single engine AS350 B2, powered with a Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 engine of 732 shp (546kW) has a proven track record.
The AS350 B2 is equipped with an innovative, advanced, corrosion-free Starflex rotor and main and tail rotor blades which are made entirely of composite materials. In addition, these composite components are very reliable: The main rotor blades, for example, have a service life of up to 20,000 hours.
The cabin is made of high-impact thermoplastic double fuselage and an extremely resistant light alloy frame. The Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 turbine combines high performance, low fuel consumption and very easy maintenance. The use of modular elements makes it possible to replace mechanical sub-units directly in the field.
The AS350 B2 shares common cockpit features with other members of the Ecureuil family: It has, for example, a new control panel console technology also used by the EC130 B4, with new circuit breakers replacing former fuses, as well as a new instrument panel identical to that of the AS350 B3, including a Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD) and integrated instrumentation, which enables pilots to see at a glance the main vehicle and engine parameters on a dual LCD screen. The Ecureuil has a surprisingly roomy, unobstructed cabin with a flat floor, which allows it to carry seven persons or up to three cubic meters of freight. Three baggage compartments offer an additional cubic meter of space. Large access doors facilitate the loading and unloading of cumbersome objects.
Thanks to its extremely low vibration levels, the Ecureuil is an excellent choice for aerial photography, cinema or television missions. Offering multiple cabin configurations and interior finish options, the Ecureuil can be easily adapted to any type of mission. When refinement, comfort and aesthetics are determining factors, the Ecureuil can be fitted with top-quality amenities and additional soundproofing.
The single-engine Ecureuil family, which clocks more than one million flight hours every year, has already achieved more than 19 million flight hours!
A large array of optional equipment is available: moving map, binoculars, electrical hoist, cargo swing system, cargo sling with external mirrors, wire strike protection, floatation gear, hailers, camera with real time data link, sand prevention filters, search light, roping systems...and the list goes on.
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