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Helicopter Specs

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.

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At a glance

Max weight:

4,960 lbs.


1 pilot + 5/6 passengers


1 Turbomeca Arriel 1D1

Fast cruise speed

140 kts.

External dimensions

Overall length with blade in front

42.4 ft.

Minimum width with all blades

35.1 ft.

Overall width with blades folded

8.3 ft.

General data

Empty weight of standard aircraft:

2,690 lbs.

Maximum takeoff weight:

4,960 lbs.

Useful load:

2,270 lbs.

Maximum takeoff weight (with 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:


*Performance data

Never exceed speed:

155 kts.

Fast cruise speed:

133 kts.

Maximum range (with no reserves):

360 nm.

Maximum endurance (with 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.

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.