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The Best Performing Single Engine Helicopter

The Airbus AS350 B2, the “SaberCat1”, is the best performing single engine helicopter available today. The aircraft’s extremely low vibration levels make it the ideal choice for H5 Helicopters aerial platform. This highly versatile and adaptable aircraft is designed to handle the most arduous working conditions and is well suited for a wide variety of missions.

Its spacious, comfortable and unobstructed cabin can accommodate up to five passengers while providing panoramic views and optimum visibility for all individuals onboard. The “SaberCat1” is powered by a 732 shp Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 engine, providing the strength, control and graceful movement for any and all types of flights.

Max weight
4,960 lbs.
1 pilot + 5/6 passengers
1 Turbomeca Arriel 1D1
Fast Cruise Speed
140 kts.
Overall Length
42.4 ft. (blade in front)
Minimum Width
35.1 ft. (w/ All Blades)
Overall Width
8.3 ft. (w/ Blades Folded)
Empty Weight
2,690 lbs.
Maximum Takeoff Weight
4,960 lbs.
Useful Load
2,270 lbs.
Maximum Takeoff Weight (w/ External Load)
5,512 lbs.
Usable Fuel Capacity (Standard Tank)
143 gal.
1 Turbomeca Arriel 1D1
Cabin Volume
105.94 cu. ft.
Baggage Compartment Volume
35.3 cu. ft.
Standard Seating Capacity
Never Exceed Speed:
155 kts.
Maximum Range (w/ No Reserves)
360 nm.
Maximum Endurance (w/ No Reserves)
4.4 hrs.
Hover In Ground Effect Ceiling (5 ft. Skid Height):
9,850 ft.
Hover Out of Ground Effect Ceiling:
7,550 ft.
Takeoff Power
732 shp.
Rate of Climb:
1,675 fpm.

* Performance data is provided at Sea Level, ISA conditions, maximum gross weight, with standard fuel. It is not intended for flight planning purposes.

AS350 helicopter specifications

Helicopter Safety

Safety is the primary focus of every H5 Helicopters. From our pilot’s pre-flight check, to safety briefings and pre-production, everything we do is about capturing stunning footage in a safe environment. H5’s flight and ground crews work with everyone on a production to ensure that the strictest safety protocols are followed.

The SaberCat 1 Aircraft is the perfect aerial platform for capturing amazing footage, but the unique attributes of a helicopter require additional safety precautions. Safety of the aerial crew, ground support team and passengers is critical while the aircraft is on the ground. All safety precautions should be followed regardless of whether the aircraft is powered or not.

Safety Guidelines

The following list is a brief overview of general safety guidelines for working around the aircraft. If you are uncertain about any safety requirements, ask the pilot or flight crew for an additional safety briefing.

  • Always approach the helicopter from the front within the pilot’s vision.
  • Only approach after the pilot has acknowledged your presence and waves you forward.
  • Walk – don’t run, towards the aircraft.
  • Always move towards the aircraft in a crouched position even if the blades are turning slowly.
  • Never walk behind the aircraft or near the tail rotor or tail boom.
  • Do not throw any object towards or away from the aircraft.
  • Do not wear caps or hats that can blow off while walking near the aircraft. Do not lay loose clothing on the ground.
  • Unless authorized specifically by the pilot in command, remain 100 feet away from any parked aircraft.
  • No smoking in or around the aircraft or near fuel storage areas. Hangar 5 Productions facilities are designated as Non Smoking.
  • Carry equipment parallel to the ground to avoid a rotor strike.
  • Watch any take-off or landing from a safe distance of 300 feet or more. The down wash of the rotor blades can turn loose gravel into projectiles.
  • If anything looks out of place or unusual, or you see unauthorized persons near the aircraft, immediately notify the pilot or flight crew.
  • If you are in the aircraft, do not open the door or depart the aircraft unless you have verbal consent from the pilot. Helicopters typically have a three minute engine cool down period after landing. Be patient. Remember to always walk forward so the pilot can see you.
  • Work as a team. Do not rush. Think through every move.