Eurocopter AS350B-2 Écureuil (Squirrel)
Single-engine six-seat light utility helicopter, France

Archive Photos 1

Eurocopter AS350B-2 Écureuil (N221LA) on display (6/25/2000) at the 2000 Aviation Expo, Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys, California (Photos by John Shupek)

Overview 2

The Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil (Squirrel) is a Single-engine light helicopter originally manufactured by Aérospatiale (now part of Eurocopter Group). The AS350 is marketed in North America as the AStar. The AS355 Écureuil 2 (marketed in North America as the TwinStar.) is a Twin-engine variant, while the Eurocopter EC130 is a derivative of the AS350 airframe.

Design and Development 2

Development began in the early 1970’s to replace the Aérospatiale Alouette II, and the first flight took place on 27 June 1974. Despite the introduction of the EC130, production of the Eurocopter AS350 remains strong.

The Helicópteros do Brasil (Helibras) subsidiary of Eurocopter signed a contract for a major upgrade program on the Brazilian Army’s fleet of 36 AS350 Écureuils.

Operational History 2

On May 14, 2005 an AS350 B3 piloted by Eurocopter test pilot Didier Delsalle touched down on the top of Mt. Everest, at 8,848 m (29,030 ft). This record has been confirmed by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

On April 29, 2010 a stripped-down AS350 B3 succeeded in rescuing three alpinists from Annapurna I, Nepal at 8091 m (26,545 ft), one at a time, the highest such rescue.

Variants 2

Aftermarket Conversions 2

Operators 2

The AS350 is in service around the world operated by private individuals, airline and charter operators, emergency medical teams, governments and law enforcement agencies.

Military Operators

Former Military Operators

Governmental Operators

Notable Achievements and Accidents 2

Specifications (AS350 B3) 2

General Characteristics




  1. Shupek, John. Photos, copyright © 2000 Skytamer Images. All Rights Reserved
  2. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Eurocopter AS350


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