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1.2 million dollar airbus helicopter used by Lauren Sanchez in Black Op Aviation

The multipurpose, single-engine AS350 B2, powered by a 732 shp (546 kW) Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 engine, has an outstanding proven track record. Its flexibility and low acquisition cost have made it a very sought-after helicopter capable of performing a wide range of missions, including passenger transportation, aerial work, training, observation, fire fighting, and law enforcement, among others.

With its spacious and comfortable cabin accommodating one pilot plus up to 6 passengers, the AS350 B2 is especially appreciated for its passenger transportation capabilities for VIP missions, tourist flights, and public service tasks. Furthermore, its wide cabin and panoramic view ensures optimum visibility for both passengers and crew.

The AS350 B2 is an excellent utility helicopter able to carry external load of more than 1 ton (2,200 lbs). Thanks to its high useful load, it is well suited for all missions requiring various types of equipment, especially for police, news gathering, medical transportation and utility operations. And with a very short reconfiguration time (less than one hour), this single-engine aircraft is able to complete various missions quickly and efficiently.

Technology

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 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.

Specifications

Capacity

Passenger transportation1 pilot + 5 passengers (standard version)
1 pilot + 4 or 5 passengers (comfort version)
1 pilot + 6 passengers (high density version)
Casualty evacuation1 pilot + 2 doctors + 1 stretcher
Cargo1 pilot + 3 m3 (105.9 ft3) in the cabin

Weights

Maximum takeoff weight2,250 kg4,960 lbs
Maximum takeoff weight with external load2,500 kg5,512 lbs
Empty weight (standard configuration)1,220 kg2,690 lbs
Useful load (standard configuration)1,030 kg2,270 lbs
Maximum cargo swing load1,160 kg2,557 lbs
Standard fuel capacity426 kg939 lbs

Power Plant

1 Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 turbine engine
Takeoff power546 kW732 shp

Performance

at Maximum Gross Weight at sea level, ISA and zero wind condition

Maximum speed (Vne)287 km/hr155 kts
Fast cruise speed (at MCP)246 km/hr133 kts
Recommended cruise speed226 km/hr122 kts
Rate of climb at SL8.5 m/sec1,675 ft/min
Service ceiling4,600 m15,100 ft
Hover ceiling at takeoff power ISA-IGE3,000 m9,850 ft
Maximum range without reserve at recommended cruise speed (RCS)666 km360 NM
Endurance without reserve at 100 km/hr – 54 kts4 hrs, 24 min

Operational Limitations

Maximum altitude (PA)6,100 m20,000 ft
Minimum temperature– 40° C– 40° F
Maximum temperatureISA + 35° C, limited to + 50° C / ISA + 95° F, limited to + 122° F