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The H125 (previously named the AS350 B3e) outclasses all other single-engine helicopters for performance, versatility, low maintenance, and low acquisition costs, while excelling in high and hot and extreme environments. It is a member of Airbus’ Ecureuil family, which has accumulated more than 33 million flight hours worldwide.?


World-record holder

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.


Backed by experience and a long heritage

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).

Making the best even better

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.

A multi-mission workhorse

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.

Safe and intuitive

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.

Supported by Airbus’ global network

Wherever customers operate, a member of Airbus’ worldwide service network is nearby to provide the support needed to keep their H125s flying.

This network includes 29 customer centres and affiliate sites; more than 100 distributors, representatives, training centres, repair and overhaul facilities and maintenance centres, as well as logistics hubs in France, Hong Kong and Germany.

Airbus is at customers’ service, from technical support, component repair and overhaul to spare parts support, technical publications and training. For more information, visit the?HCare Services section.


With 40 years of experience and several hundred supplemental type certificates (STC) developed for this helicopter, plus optional equipment proposed by Airbus Helicopters, the H125 is a multi-mission helicopter able to change configuration in a short amount of time.

Aerial work

The H125 can be easily reconfigured for various aerial work missions with a wide range of optional equipment, whatever the environment and the mission requirement.?

Missions include air crane operations, firefighting, power line inspection, crop spraying, news gathering, parachuting, geological and wildlife survey, farming and fishing activities, etc.

Already the preferred choice of aerial work operators for its cost effectiveness, operational simplicity and superb performance, the H125 brings enhanced aerial work capabilities with increased performance and visibility, facilitating pilot workload during external load operations.

The H125 is up to the most rigorous high and hot missions, able to transport its own empty weight with an impressive sling capacity of 1,400 kg (3,086 lb). Increased performance in high and hot environments will soon be certified to improve hover ceiling OGE at MTOW up to 12,600 ft (up to 13,400 ft with BLR FastFin?). For external loads at 7,000 ft at ISA, operators can gain up to 140 kg (up to 190 kg with BLR FastFin?).

The H125 can be equipped with a lean instrument panel and maximum pilot view kit or additional dual roof windows that increase visibility. A first limit indicator (FLI) remote display STC developed by AKV, soon to be certified, will provide flight limitation at a glance on tablets via Bluetooth to simplify pilot workload during external load operations.



Law enforcement

Day or night, the H125 is up for the job with its manoeuvrability, as well as specialised police equipment and STCs. Fast, agile and simple to use, the H125 is operated by police forces in some 30 countries around the world and is the reference for airborne law enforcement in the United States.

The H125 is well adapted for multi-role law enforcement missions including surveillance, command and control, search and pursuit, rescue, special operations, escort and border patrol in high and hot conditions.?

A variety of equipment has been developed for police missions, such as law enforcement instrument panels, search lights, electro-optical system (EOS), operator consoles, night vision goggle (NVG)-compatible light sourcing and instruments, wire strike protection, loudspeakers, downlink, rappelling, etc.

Passenger transport

Thanks to its wide, unobstructed cabin, fast cruise speed and long range, the H125 can welcome up to six passengers. Add to this its easy cabin access through two wide sliding doors, forward-facing seats and three baggage compartments.

Air conditioned and roomy, passengers in the cabin experience low vibration levels for maximum comfort. In addition, a high-end interior design called Stylence? is available from Airbus for operators who seek both functionality and luxury in passenger transport.

Private and business aviation

To differentiate its approach to private and business aviation, Airbus Helicopters has introduced Airbus Corporate Helicopters – ACH – its exclusive offer providing an end-to-end service-based ownership experience.

ACH provides an exclusive platform from which customers can experience best-in-class corporate and VIP transport solutions, tailored completion, and service. ACH ensures that only the highest quality materials and the best craftsmanship are on offer to customers.

Please visit the dedicated ACH website to find out more.

Emergency medical services

As a market-leading helicopter in the North American EMS market, the H125 now offers enhanced cabin space with the lean instrument panel, on top of outstanding performance.

When configured for vital life-saving and emergency medical transportation, the H125 can carry up to four people (one pilot, one patient and two attendants) plus medical equipment.

Technical Description


Hover ceiling OGE 3,840 m (EASA certificationQ3 2020)
Hover ceiling IGE 4,039 m
Fast cruise speed 260 km/h
Max* range with standard fuel tanks at SL 630 km
Max* endurance with standard fuel tanks SL  4h30min
Flight envelope (Temperature) -40°C to ISA +35°C limited to 50°C
Max altitude flight 7,010 m


D-value 12.94 m
Rotor diameter  10.69 m
Cabin internal volume 3.00 m3


Crew + passengers 1 or 2 pilots + up to 6 passengers
Max takeoff weight (MTOW) 2,250 kg
Max takeoff weight with external load 2,800 kg
Useful load 976 kg
Standard fuel tank capacity 426 kg
Engine type Safran Helicopter Engines Arriel 2D
Takeoff power 632 kW / 847 shp


Hover ceiling OGE 12,600 ft (EASA certification Q3 2020) 
Hover ceiling IGE 13,250 ft
Fast cruise speed 140 kts
Max* range with standard fuel tanks at SL 340 NM
Max* endurance with standard fuel tanks SL  4h30min
Flight envelope (Temperature -40°C to ISA +35°C limited to 50°C
Max altitude flight 23,000 ft


D-value 42.45 ft
Rotor diameter  35.07 ft
Cabin internal volume 105.94 cu. ft


Crew + passengers 1 or 2 pilots + up to 6 passengers
Max takeoff weight (MTOW) 4,960 lb / 5,225 kg (with dual hydraulics)
Max takeoff weight with external load 6,173 lb
Useful load 2,151 lb
Standard fuel tank capacity 940 lb
Engine type Safran Helicopter Engines Arriel 2D
Takeoff power 632 kW / 847 shp


A four-passenger cabin configuration for Airbus’ H125 helicopter, ideal for private and business aviation

Four passengers

The one pilot and four passenger configuration is ideal for VIP or private and business aviation. With forward-facing seats and a spacious cabin, passengers can make the most of their time in the air.

An Airbus H125 helicopter cabin configuration with one pilot and five passengers

Five passengers

The H125’s standard seating configuration of one pilot and five passengers complements commercial transport operations. Passengers benefit from ample leg-room and a comfortable ride.

The Airbus H125 helicopter’s six-passenger cabin configuration, often used by tourism and sightseeing operators

Six passengers

The six-passenger configuration is often used by tourism and sightseeing operators. The H125’s compact cabin means every passenger has the opportunity for breathtaking views.

Additional configurations available.?For more information, please contact the Airbus Helicopters sales department.?



Photos and videos

H125 Air Safa Artistic Representation    
Airbus Foundation Chile 2    
Airbus Foundation Chile 1    
H125 Helitrans At Marignane    
Helibras' H125 with PID    
Texas DPS    
Texas DPS    
Texas DPS aerial lift rescue exercise    
Texas DPS's H125    
BLR FastFin    
BLR's H125 in Gunnison, Colorado    
The FastFin kit    
Ascent And Airbus Helicopters At Booth Dianne Bond    
H125 infographic    
H125 Federal Ministry Of The Interior AUSTRIA    
H125 in use during support of Bolivian efforts to fight fires in Amazon    
H125 dropping water during Bolivian efforts in Amazon    
H125 dropping water in Amazon    
Oklahoma Police Department H125    
Airbus Helicopters flying in formation to celebrate 50-year anniversary    
H125 pilot pre-flight check      
H in Action 2020      
BLR Aerospace FastFin - H125 above the peaks      
Airbus Helicopters formation flight: 50-year anniversary      
Airbus Helicopters formation flight – 50th anniversary celebration      
Airbus Helicopters formation flight – 50-year celebration      
H125 San Jose Police Department      
Namibia Ministry Of Environment And Tourism      
Botswana Police Service      
H125 Oklahoma City Police Video      
“A great airship”: Law enforcement with Oklahoma City’s H125      
H125 video presentation      
Bruno Decelle - 30,000 Flight Hours      
HAI 2016 - Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol      

H125 news

Air Safa selects Airbus H125 helicopter as the launch product of their aircraft leasing business in India


THC purchases 10 Airbus H125 helicopters


Airbus delivers first of 16 advanced law enforcement H125 helicopters to U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Airbus delivers first of 16 advanced law enforcement H125 helicopters to U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Airbus Foundation, Chilean Red Cross, Servicios Aereos Kipreos and Servicios Aereos SumaAir support COVID-19 relief efforts in Chile


Airbus Foundation supports Kenya during heavy flooding

Did you know?
Total accumulated flight hours for single engine AS350, AS550, and H125 family: 
+27 million (including the H125M)
Fleet leader: 
37,600+ flight hours for one AS350 – more than any other aircraft in Airbus’ entire helicopter range   
Longest H125 in service: 
41 years (an AS350)

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