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The Aerospatiale AS 350 Écureuil (Squirrel) is a single-engine six seat intermediate utility helicopter produced by Aerospatiale (Eurocopter). The AS350 is marketed in North America as the AStar.

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Grizzly Helicopters Ltd Aerospatiale AS 350 B-2 in Strathcona Provincial Park

The AS 350B is powered by one Turbomeca Arriel 1B engine.  The AS 350 B1 is an improved version of the original AS 350B, which is powered by one Arriel 1D engine, fitted with AS 355 main rotor blades, AS 355 tail rotor with tabs and a tail rotor servo. The AS 350 B2 is a higher gross weight version powered by one Arriel 1D1 and fitted with an aerodynamic strake fitted to tail boom along the starboard side and angled engine exhaust duct for better yaw control.

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  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 5
  • Length: 10.93 m
  • Rotor diameter: 10.7 m
  • Height: 3.14 m
  • Disc area: 89.75 m²
  • Empty weight: 1,364 kg
  • Max. takeoff weight: 2,505 kg
  • Powerplant: 1 × Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 turboshaft 732 shp
  • Never exceed speed: 287 km/h
  • Cruise speed: 245 km/h
  • Range: 662 km
  • Endurance: 4.1 hrs
  • Service ceiling: 4,600 m
  • Rate of climb: 8.5 m/s

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