The H125 is a member of Airbus’ rugged and proven Ecureuil family. Some 6,600 members of the Ecureuil family (AS350, AS355, AS550, AS555, H125, H125M, EC130, H130) have been delivered in nearly 120 countries for close to 2,000 operators. Together, these aircraft have accumulated more than 34 million flight hours. The H125 is the undisputed leader in its class for the past 30 years.
About 950 H125s (AS350 B3e) aircraft are currently in service worldwide, and are mainly used for high-performance missions in high and hot conditions.
The H125 has broken world records throughout its career. In 2005, the AS350 B3 broke the world record for the highest-altitude landing and takeoff, performed on Mount Everest at 8,848 metres (29,029 feet), a title still held today. On 19 May 2013, the AS350 B3 performed the world's highest long-line rescue operation on Lhotse, the world's fourth-highest mountain, located in the Himalayas, at 7,800 metres (25,590 feet).
The H125 is equipped with a Safran Helicopter Engines Arriel 2D turboshaft engine with a dual-channel full authority digital engine control (FADEC) unit, plus a third independent and automatic back-up channel and an automatic start-up. The engine is fitted with an engine data recorder.
With built-in manoeuvrability, excellent visibility and low vibration levels in the cabin, the H125 has earned its reputation as a true multi-mission workhorse, becoming a common sight at heliports, hospital landing pads, police department operations centres and airports around the world.
Offering hundreds of STCs, the H125’s elegant cabin has a flat floor that can be quickly and easily reconfigured for various missions, including aerial work, firefighting, law enforcement, rescue and passenger transport.
The H125 offers pilots enhanced safety and reduced workload thanks to the glass touchscreen cockpit instrument panel with Garmin G500H TXi and Vehicle & Engine Multifunction Display ® (VEMD), developed for Airbus. The VEMD allows pilots to check the main vehicle and engine parameters with just a glance.
The H125 is also now equipped in baseline with a crash-resistant fuel system fully compliant to 27.952 with swing load operation.