When discerning between helicopters, the standard convention that is employed across the globe is to categorize by weight. In general, light helicopters are those that are under 12,000 pounds maximum gross weight. Light helicopters may serve a variety of roles depending on the design and operator, including applications such as utility, transport, reconnaissance, civil, and defense. At ASAP Aerospace, we carry a variety of premium aircraft parts for light helicopters, including those for models such as the Bell 206, Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil, and MD 500.
The Bell 206 is a family of multipurpose utility helicopters, produced by Bell Helicopter
over the years of 1962 to 2017. With both civil and military variants of the Bell 206, the helicopter has seen a variety of uses such as for electricity pylon patrols, training, air ambulance transport, and anti-submarine operations. In general, the Bell 206 requires a single pilot and up to four passengers may be carried at a time to total up to a maximum takeoff weight of 3,350 lb.
The Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil, now called the Airbus Helicopters H125 is a light utility helicopter that is currently manufactured by Airbus Helicopters
. When marketed in North America, the AS350 is referred to as the AStar. There are many variants of the AS350, each serving different applications such as firefighting, training, unarmed military operations, and emergency medical operations. The AS350 is piloted by one crew member, and four to six passengers may be situated within the rotorcraft depending on the chosen variation.
The MD 500 is a light utility helicopter series including both civilian and military variants produced by the manufacturer MD Helicopters
. Since initial production started in 1967, 4,700 units have been built and are widely used by various police agencies around the globe. Across the main variants of the MD 500, one to two crew members are required for operation, and up to five passengers may be situated within the helicopter during flight operations.
When searching for premium parts for the Bell 206, Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil, MD 500, and other light helicopters, look no further than ASAP Aerospace. We operate as an FAA AC 00-56B, ISO 9001:2015, and AS9120B certified enterprise and are the only independent distributor with a no China sourcing pledge. If you would like to begin the purchasing process for specific parts and components that you need, fill out and submit a Request for Quote today!