To signify their continuing evolution, Eurocopter is applying an “e” suffix to the latest variants of its helicopters. One of these evolved products, the AS350B3e, is at Heli-Expo 2011 on the Eurocopter display and shown here in an air-to-air factory publicity photo. This latest version of the European manufacturer’s highly successful workhorse turbine single, the Ecureuil, has a Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine with Fadec and an engine-data recorder for condition monitoring. The B3e also comes with an improved interior design, as well as tail-rotor mods for “additional ease of piloting.” The B3e’s engine can be operated at max takeoff power for 30 minutes and can be equipped with optional filters for added protection against sand and snow with no weight penalty. Eurocopter intends to have the AS350B3e certified this summer, with deliveries beginning before year-end.
At 11:30 this morning, Eurocopter will take the wraps off a new helicopter here at its Heli-Expo exhibit (Booth No. 4637) in a ceremony led by president and CEO Lutz Bertling.