AS350 B3 Ecureuil Restores Mountain Monastery
© Eurocopter / P.Penna

Hélicoptère de France’s AS350 B3 Ecureuil performed a very unusual mission on September 16, 2008. The helicopter was chartered by the company Helitec to transport about 30 loads (weighing 600 to 700 kg each) to and from Mount Sainte- Victoire, near Aix-en-Provence. The loads consisted of equipment and material being used to renovate the monastery on the mountain. The five-hour operation was a difficult one, requiring a constant back and forth and sling work over hilly terrain in blustery conditions, during which the helicopter did not land once. The pilot therefore had to be extremely careful and accurate during the approach phases and maneuvers. But as a past master at aerial work, and thanks to its outstanding engine performances, the AS350 B3 Ecureuil demonstrated once again that it is in a class of its own.