Airbus Helicopters AS/SA 315B Lama – Operating Costs, Specifications, and Performance Data

Compare the fixed costs, variable cost, and performance of Airbus Helicopters AS/SA 315B Lama to over 500 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft, with accurate data from Conklin & de Decker.

Summary

FULL AIRCRAFT NAME
Airbus Helicopters AS/SA 315B Lama
AIRCRAFT NAME
AS/SA 315B Lama
AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER
Airbus Helicopters
MAX RANGE (30 MIN RESERVE)
215 nm
SPEED
110 kts
PASSENGERS
6 people
ACQUISITION COST
$365000
ENGINES
Turbomeca Artouste III B 1
WINGSPAN
7.8 ft
IFR CERTIFIED
No

Aircraft History

This single-engine turbine helicopter was designed by French aircraft manufacturer Sud Aviation (hence the “SA” in the model number). Sud Aviation was one of several government-owned aircraft manufacturers that emerged from the nationalization of most of the French aerospace industry in the 1930s. Sud Aviation became part of Aerospatiale when that company was formed in the 1970s (this yielded the “AS” initials in the model number). In the 1990s, the helicopter division of Aerospatiale was merged with the German MBB helicopter company to form Eurocopter. Today, Eurocopter is a division of EADS, a multinational European aerospace giant.
 
The AS315’s full bubble-type cabin enclosure and high-altitude performance capabilities combine to make this a good helicopter for precise mountain operations, such as transporting cargo to remote areas, geological survey missions, and wilderness EMT operations.
 
The AS315B is powered by a Turbomeca Artouste IIIB1 (870 HP) turbine engine with a 4 kW, 28.5 v DC starter-generator, supported by a 40 amp-hour battery. The AS315 was produced from 1972 to 1989.
 
Sud Aviation appointed LTV Aerospace (now Vought Aerospace) in Grand Prairie, Texas, as their North American distributor in 1971. In the late 1970s, Aerospatiale assumed direct responsibility for marketing in North America.