AS 355

Aircraft Overview

AS-355 (now manufactured by Airbus) is a twin-engine version of the ECUREUIL family powered with 2 Turbomeco Arrius 1A engines. It benefits from the FADEC system (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) which makes piloting easier and safer. It is the most affordable twin-engine helicopter on the market. Manufactured since 1979, it was in production through 2016.

  • 5,600 lbs MTOW
  • 150 knots Speed
  • 2,564 lbs Cargo
  • 15,100 ft Ceiling
  • 400 nmi Range
  • 1/6 PAX

Technical Capabilities

The helicopter has maximum internal load capability of 1,163 kg (approx. 2,564 lbs) and can carry up to 2,800 kg (approx. 6,172 lbs) on external sling. It can be operated by a single pilot and carry up to 6 passengers. It has the range of 667 km (360 nmi) and operating ceiling of 4,600 m (approx. 15,100 ft). Renowned for its low operation and maintenance costs, this helicopter benefits from the reliability and safety of its two Turbomeca Arrius 1A1 engines.

5,600 lbs
150 knots
2,564 lbs
15,100 ft
400 nmi

Mission Profile

Besides passenger transportation, the helicopter cab be equipped for police and parapublic missions, operating well over water or in urban settings.

Models & Modifications

Powered by two Allison 250-C20F engines, 2,400 kg (5,291 lbs) MTOW
MTOW increased to 2,540 kg (5,600 lbs), equipped with a yaw compensation system
Fitted with two Turbomeca Arrius 1A engines and a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system for better MTOW (2,600 kg or 5,732 lbs) and better single engine performance
Fitted with two Turbomeca Arrius 1A1 turboshaft engines and a new main gearbox, increasing MTOW to 2,800 kg (6,173 lbs)
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