Prior to the AS350B3, the SA315B Lama was the “go-to” helicopter for high-altitude work. Designed specifically for the hot-and-high environment of the Indian Armed Forces, the Lama was built around the Alouette concept but with a lighter airframe. First flown in 1969, the Lama quickly gained popularity among civilian operators around the world needing the high-altitude performance that it brought to the table.
Equipped with an 870 shp engine the Lama has an abundance of power and can easily carry a 2,200 lb. external payload over 10,000 feet. While a bit slower than the A-Star at 119 knots, and carrying one less passenger, 4 vs 5, the Lama is still an extremely capable machine.
Mountain Air Helicopter’s Lama continues to serve well and has been the backbone of the company for several years. The Lama proudly typifies the motto of Mountain Air Helicopters: providing high-altitude, precision external load helicopter specialists.
- 4 passengers + pilot
- Cruise Speed: 95 kts.
- Max Speed: 113 kts.
- External load: 2,700 lbs.
- Service Ceiling: 29,000 ft.
- Excellent “hot & high” performance